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Forensic accounting, forensic accountancy or financial forensics is the specialty practice area of accounting that investigates whether firms engage in financial reporting misconduct. Forensic accountants apply a range of skills and methods to determine whether there has been financial reporting misconduct.

Financial forensic engagements may fall into several categories. For example:

  • Economic damages calculations, whether suffered through tort or breach of contract
  • Post-acquisition disputes such as earnouts or breaches of warranties
  • Bankruptcy, insolvency and reorganization
  • Securities and tax fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Business valuation
  • Computer forensics/e-discovery

Previous courses have overviewed:

  • Introduction to forensic accounting
  • Preparing to become a forensic accountant: focus on investigative and documentation techniques

This session is designed to delve into further investigative procedures used including digital forensics. Future sessions will focus on computer forensics, network forensics and mobile forensics.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore and examine the history of digital forensics.
  • Discover and define the digital forensic process.
  • Explore and examine application of digital forensics.
  • Identify and define types of digital forensics.
  • Identify digital forensic tools.
  • Explore and examine digital evidence.
  • Explore and examine forensic data analysis.
Last updated/reviewed: September 13, 2021

Included In Certifications

This course is included in the following Certification Programs:

9 CoursesBecoming a Forensic Accountant Certification

  1. Introduction to Forensic Accounting
  2. Preparing to be a Forensic Accountant: Focus on Document Review and Handwriting Analysis
  3. Forensic and Fraud Interviewing Skills and Techniques
  4. Preparing to be a Forensic Accountant: Focus Digital Forensics
  5. Preparing to be a Forensic Accountant: Focus on Computer Forensics - Part 1
  6. Preparing to be a Forensic Accountant: Focus on Computer Forensics (Cryptology) - Part 2
  7. Preparing to be a Forensic Accountant: Focus on Computer Forensics (Steganography) Part 3
  8. Preparing to be a Forensic Accountant: Focus on Network Forensics
  9. Preparing to be a Forensic Accountant: Cloud Forensics

5 Reviews (19 ratings)Reviews

5
Anonymous Author
This course provided a great introduction to forensic accounting and digital forensics. It would be valuable course for anyone interested in pursuing more knowledge on investigating through digital means.
4
Member's Profile
Overview of the main concepts regards Digital Forensics. Also it has a good background/historical information. For those who are not into the practice, it is a good course.
5
Anonymous Author
Another great course from Lynn. It is unlike other courses is very heavy on technical aspects but I guess you cannot avoid it in this subject. Thank you.
5
Anonymous Author
The in depth discussion of digital tools and their application provided a deep dive into their forensic application.
5
Member's Profile
Very informative and I am going to do the other forensic courses she offers.

Prerequisites

Course Complexity: Foundational

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course. However, it is recommended to take Other Segments of Preparing to be a Forensic Accountant courses by Lynn Fountain.
Preparing to be a Forensic Accountant: Focus on Document Review and Handwriting Analysis
Preparing to be a Forensic Accountant: Focus on Computer Forensics - Part 1
Preparing to be a Forensic Accountant: Focus on Computer Forensics (Cryptology) - Part 2

Education Provider Information

Company:
Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
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For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
Course Syllabus
INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
  4:30Introduction to Preparing to be a Forensic Accountant: Focus Digital Forensics
  13:32Digital Forensic Terms
  8:49History of Digital Forensics
DIGITAL FORENSIC PROCESS
  7:42Digital Forensic Process
  6:26Application of Digital Forensics
  9:30Types of Digital Forensics
  9:32Digital Forensic Tools
  9:43Digital Forensic Tools Cont'd
  2:44Skills and Challenges
  8:33Digital Evidence
  4:55Forensic Data Analysis
  3:12Summary
CONTINUOUS PLAY
  1:29:08Preparing to be a Forensic Accountant: Focus Digital Forensics
SUPPORTING MATERIAL
  PDFSlides: Preparing to be a Forensic Accountant: Focus Digital Forensics
  PDFPreparing to be a Forensic Accountant: Focus Digital Forensics Glossary/ Index
REVIEW AND TEST
  quizREVIEW QUESTIONS
 examFINAL EXAM