Next, on CSI: IT


by Tim Moran

Here's your first mystery: At what kind of conference would these computing topics be found?

  • The Use of Data Analytics for the Detection and Investigation of Fraud
  • Compliance in the Cloud and the Implications on E-Discovery
  • Dealing with Next Generation Cyber-Security Threats and Business Compliance Risks - Are you Ready?
  • Anatomy of a Database Attack
Here's your second mystery: Where does 90% of legal evidence reside these days?

Well, Watson, if your solution was "computer forensics" for the first mystery and "computer systems" for the second, you've solved the case.

Perhaps you've heard about this, but, according to a release from the promoters of "The Computer Forensics Show," you had better do some investigating: "For some companies, it is not a question of if one of their computers will be used as evidence in a legal matter; it is a question of when."

The site notes that the rate of fraud, abuse, and criminal activity connected with IT systems by hackers and even employees is "increasing exponentially." So, should you, as an IT executive or manager, "need to conduct internal investigations--especially those involving litigation--discovering and maintaining evidence becomes paramount," and knowledge of computer forensics is a must.

There are any number of scenarios in which computer forensics can come into play in a corporate IT environment, including cases involving corporate trade secrets and employment discrimination. Such cases can be "won or lost solely with the introduction of recovered e-mail messages and other electronic files and records," according to the promoters.

Maybe the next TV season will bring CSI: IT--keep an ear out for casting. Jerry Bruckheimer, are you listening?