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Data Analytics and Corporate Investigations: The Evolution from Magnifying Glass to Digital Laboratory

Dbriefs webcast recap and poll responses

Virtually all crime scenes contain physical evidence – or fragments of the story – that skilled investigators can piece together to tell the story and help bring justice. A potential risk to businesses is that these crimes – or financial frauds and corruption – are increasingly being committed with advanced technologies within an ever-increasing sea of data.

During the Transactions and Business Events Dbriefs, "Data Analytics and Corporate Investigations: The Evolution from Magnifying Glass to Digital Laboratory," held on May 14, 2014, David Williams, chief executive officer of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP was joined by Ron Schwartz, partner, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP and Gregory Swinehart, partner, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP. The presenters discussed:    

  • How the evolving landscape of big data, social media, mobile computing, and the cloud can impact corporate investigations
  • Application of advanced analytics, tools, and techniques to help reconstruct events.
  • Case studies and application demonstrations from the field.

Watch the Dbriefs webcast replay learn how data analytics tools can be used to conduct effective corporate investigations in the digital era.

Poll results

Attendees of the live webcast on May 14 responded to the following poll questions. 

What is your role or function within your organization?

Does your company incorporate the investigation of emerging sources of data (e.g. social media, geospatial, sensor, cloud, audio-visual) when conducting investigations?

In conducting investigations, which best describes how your organization captures and analyzes mobile device information? 

How often does your organization consider geospatial information when conducting investigations?

Given what you have heard today, what type of analytics do you see as becoming more important over the next one to two years for the successful conduct of investigations?


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