This course will provide an overview of digital forensics to aid the student in understanding the process of data creation, recovery, and analysis and the benefits of that knowledge during a forensic accounting engagement. The course will allow students to gain an understanding of working with investigations related to data forensics, emails, internet/web forensics, mobile devices, and networks. Also covered will be the topics of the litigation process including pre-trial, the day in court, and aspects of testifying as a computer forensics expert.
- How digital data is created, stored, shared, deleted, and destroyed
- Distinguish from among available digital examination methods
- Theory of data detection
- Proper evidence recovery methods in digital forensics
- Methods of data transfer will be explored
- Authenticating retrieved data
- Proper chain of custody methods
- The importance of maintaining working copies and backups
- Properly securing the evidence obtained
- Narrowing down the search criteria
- Searching computer evidence
- Unlocking hidden data through encryption, compression, hashes, passwords, and other methods of data protection
- Relevancy and admissibility of evidence
- E-Discovery – The student will learn about e-discovery requests
- Importance of proper consent or authority to conduct a digital forensic examination
- Client’s need for information
- Importance of defining and conveying the scope of their work
Upon the completion of this course, students will understand and be able to:
- Detect and document digital evidence
- Collect and handle digital evidence
- Examine digital evidence
- Understand and properly participate in a lawsuit or criminal investigation
- Manage the client engagement in examining digital forensics
If English is not your native language, we recommend the equivalent English language proficiency of a minimum score of 557 paper-based or 83 internet-based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), which is administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS).
The test scores are not required for enrollment in this course.
- CPE for Self-Reporting to your state accountancy board 19.5 CPE self-reporting
Applies To The Following Certificate
- Forensic Accounting Certificate : Required
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The Forensic Accounting certificate is designed for accountants, internal and independent auditors, business owners, managers, attorneys and law students, anti-money laundering officers, law enforcement and investigation officials, loss prevention specialists, risk managers, and any professionals who is interested in deterring fraud within their organizations.
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