I-DEP Press Release
February 28, 2002
I-DEP Boosts Versatility, Security Of Online Deposition Services
(Feb. 28, 2002, Chicago, IL) -- I-DEP, LLC today announced that its pioneering Internet deposition service can now be used seamlessly by clients whose computers operate on proxy servers -- while continuing to offer unparalleled security.
I-DEP is the only totally integrated streaming media Internet deposition service that includes full video, two-way audio, real-time transcript and a built-in chat feature for discreet communication with off-site and on-site participants. The service allows attorneys to take, participate in or monitor a deposition from any online computer live, as it happens, without any special software or hardware to buy, install or learn.
Enhancements that make the I-DEP system proxy-aware are the result of requests by the company's corporate clients, explained Scott Ablin, I-DEP's Vice President, Sales and Marketing. "Many of our clients work with computers on large networks and access the Internet through proxy servers," Mr. Ablin said. "Proxy servers impose an intermediate connection between a PC and the Internet to bolster security as well as speed download of frequently requested data. If a proxy server doesn't find that data locally, only then is a user connected through to the Internet."
For any live, streaming multimedia service, however, those extra moments can result in slower connections, Mr. Ablin said. "That's why we're furthering our lead in the legal technology field by making I-DEP fully proxy-aware. Our service now connects over true Web protocols -- which means that any corporate computer used to access the Internet can access I-DEP Live Internet Depositions," he said.
While fine-tuning I-DEP technology to mesh with proxy servers, the company also took the opportunity to amplify the service's already industry-leading security infrastructure, according to Mark Cummuta, Chief Technology Officer.
"I-DEP now employs technology that allows us to utilize up to 448-bit encryption for both the transcript and chat communications to ensure that unauthorized persons cannot intercept the deposition," Mr. Cummuta explained. "Chat rooms for plaintiff and defense have separate encryption/decryption keys, and, as always, it is impossible for a member of one room to decipher messages from another room."
In fact, the 448-bit encryption that protects I-DEP Internet Depositions surpasses by 400 percent the 128-bit encryption that is considered standard for secure retail and financial transactions accomplished through most current Internet browsers, Mr. Cummuta said.
After the deposition, attorneys can store, share, mark up the transcript and collaborate with colleagues, clients, expert witnesses and staff using I-DEP's Depositions on DemandSM service, which synchronizes the transcript with video and audio at no additional charge and makes it accessible to authorized participants 24 hours a day over a secure network.
As with all I-DEP services, Depositions on Demand is protected by multiple layers of password-protected authentication.
I-DEP developed the first fully integrated, live, streaming media Web-based deposition service that allows lawyers to participate from any Internet-enabled computer. I-DEP and the I-DEP logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of I-DEP, LLC. All rights reserved. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective holders.
For more information, please contact Leigh Hanlon at (800) 498-I-DEP, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.i-dep.com.
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