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Digital Forensics in Accounting

Discussion of computer forensics employment and career issues.
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Digital Forensics in Accounting

Post Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 6:25 pm

I am a recent college graduate with many years of experience in IT. I currently work for my father's CPA firm which specializes in divorce and fraud cases. He would like to leverage my IT background by offering data recovery/digital fraud services to his clients. Is there much of a demand for this type of service in the private world? Do I have to be a registered private investigator to conduct these services in CA? I've searched around these forums and Google, but have not found any concrete answers. Thanks!  

mr.mccartney
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Re: Digital Forensics in Accounting

Post Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:43 pm

It is difficult for anyone outside your area to gauge demand.

As for licensing, many assert California state law (Section 7521 Business & Professions Code) requires forensic computer examiners to be licensed private investigators or employees of a licensed investigation firm.

Specifically 7521
(e) Securing evidence to be used before any court, board, officer,
or investigating committee.
For the purposes of this section, a private investigator is any
person, firm, company, association, partnership, or corporation
acting for the purpose of investigating, obtaining, and reporting to
any employer, its agent, supervisor, or manager, information
concerning the employer's employees involving questions of integrity,
honesty, breach of rules, or other standards of performance of job
duties.

www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi...=7520-7539

Obviously licensing is a question for the lawyers to hash out, however training beyond your IT experience is needed before you dive into forensics.  

BitHead
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Re: Digital Forensics in Accounting

Post Posted: Sat Dec 15, 2012 9:50 am

- mr.mccartney
I am a recent college graduate with many years of experience in IT. I currently work for my father's CPA firm which specializes in divorce and fraud cases. He would like to leverage my IT background by offering data recovery/digital fraud services to his clients. Is there much of a demand for this type of service in the private world?


I'd think that your dad would be the best person to ask.

- mr.mccartney
Do I have to be a registered private investigator to conduct these services in CA?


I'd go to your father's corporate counsel with that question.

I'm not suggesting that you not ask questions here...simply suggesting perhaps better resources...  

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