SOURCE: UHY Advisors

UHY Advisors

April 16, 2009 10:10 ET

UHY Advisors FLVS Introduces Tristan™, New Kit for On-Site Collection of Electronic Data

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - April 16, 2009) - UHY Advisors FLVS, Inc. announced the introduction of Tristan, a collection kit that gives corporate law departments the flexibility to forensically collect electronic data from desktop and laptop computers in remote locations. After returning the Tristan kit, appropriate data can be extracted from the computer image and be processed for electronic discovery review.

The self-collection kit includes the necessary hardware and software, step-by-step instructions, on-site documentation, chain-of-custody materials and help desk support to assist users with the process of collecting electronic data at their own sites. In fewer than 15 minutes, the user can start downloading the contents of their hard drive and once the image is complete, return it in a pre-addressed UPS or FedEx box to UHY Advisors forensic lab for subsequent activity.

Tristan kits are available at a fixed cost per imaged hard drive. The offering has been beta tested and field-proven nationwide, with most corporate users experiencing cost savings of more than 70% by eliminating travel costs and other expenses required for typical on-site data collection.

"Tristan is a real breakthrough in the electronic discovery services marketplace because it is the first fixed-price toolkit that allows companies to remotely capture data without running up the substantial travel and professional fee expenses of sending teams of specialists to various remote locations where the data is located," said Douglas Herman, managing director of the e-discovery and digital forensics practice group at UHY Advisors FLVS. "This kind of remote collection of electronic data has been very difficult to date because of the sensitive nature of the process, but the Tristan kit makes it as easy as downloading music from iTunes."

According to Herman, the name Tristan is an abbreviated version of Tristan da Cunha, an island in the Southern Atlantic Ocean halfway between Buenos Aires, Argentina and Capetown, South Africa that has been called the most remote place on earth.

"The duty to properly preserve electronic data at the onset of potential litigation or internal investigation is one of the most important responsibilities of any in-house law department, but this duty to preserve can be extremely costly if the company has multiple locations involved," said Eric Shirk, principal and technical consultant in the e-discovery and digital forensics practice group at UHY Advisors FLVS. "Tristan is based on the proven methodology that our firm has used in hundreds of on-site data collection engagements and each of our kits is carefully assembled by our digital forensics team. This offering minimizes travel costs and other expenses associated with the preservation process, while ensuring that the data collection activities are performed according to sound forensics standards."

UHY Advisors' FLVS (Forensic, Litigation and Valuation Services) Group is a national consulting practice that has been successfully working with law firms and in-house law departments for more than 25 years to deliver a comprehensive package of services for litigation consulting, fraud and forensic services, and business valuation.

For a demonstration of Tristan and how it can reduce data collection costs, please contact Eric Shirk at

About UHY Advisors

UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities have more than 1,200 professionals providing services from offices across the United States. UHY Advisors, Inc. is ranked as one of the Top 15 professional services firms providing tax and business consulting in the country by Accounting Today. Attest services are performed through an alternative practice structure with UHY LLP, a licensed CPA firm. UHY Advisors, Inc. and UHY LLP are independent U.S. members of UHY International Limited. For additional information, please visit UHY Advisors' Web site at

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