For our clients Hinksford is one of the leading recruiters of Computer Forensics, eDiscovery and Analytics experts. In keeping with the niche nature of the Forensic and investigations community, Hinksford sometimes recruits for forensic technology jobs and leadership positions which are not broadly advertised.
Below is some general information on the career, competencies and experience that our clients expect to see from a forensic technology candidate. If you would like further details of current forensic technology opportunities, please contact your specialist Hinksford consultant, or email: email@example.com. All contact is treated in the strictest confidence.
Forensic Technology is a broadly applied term encompassing the technology used to safely extract, investigate and preserve electronically stored information (ESI). It continues to signify the data collection unit of an accountancy or law firm’s Forensic Accounting, Disputes & Investigations team.
Forensic Technology teams are called upon to recover ESI that is either potential evidence in a fraud or crime or is used for analyzing the quantum of losses or damages in a dispute. Today, in the largest corporate organisations Forensic Technology is an integral part of the corporate compliance and risk function.
Legal & Corporate In-House: During recent years, as technology has become cheaper and easier to use, many large law firms and multi-national corporations have built their own in house eDiscovery, forensic technology or cybercrime response teams to work in tandem with their case management, enterprise technology or data storage providers. For organisations where forensic technologists have retained leadership in data analysis it is also is also a key resource for fast, responsive commercial decision making. As Forensic Technology has grown, so too has the variety and type of in-house career opportunities.
Consulting Practice: In large advisory firms, the Forensic Technology team sits either within and in support of the Forensic Accounting practice, or (reflecting their own clients’ overlap of forensic technology with IT security and enterprise risk) within the enterprise technology teams in the risk and compliance practice. A large firm’s forensic technology team is usually split into 3 specialist groups:
Computer Forensics, eDiscovery and Data Analytics.
Computer Forensics – the original precursor to forensic technology as we know it today, computer forensics specialists collect typed, scanned, video or audio ESI by physically copying (imaging) the data from computer hard drives and mobile devices. Such practitioners can work within and for law enforcement organisations, law firms, accountancy firms and specialist forensics and private investigations firms.
Ediscovery - legally termed eDisclosure in the UK, eDiscovery technology practitioners are highly skilled in the use of specialist products such as Clearwell, Attenex, Ringtail and Relativity to comprehensively and correctly identify, preserve and review large amounts of data as potential evidence in litigation proceedings. They work in accordance with legislative requirements and in support of clients such as law firms or legal counsel. Some eDiscovery specialists may have begun as experts in computer forensics and then moved into eDiscovery.
Data Analytics – are specialists in designing, recovering and manipulating structured and unstructured data using database packages such as MYSQL, ACL, SAS, SPSS. They are highly numerate with an accounting or statistics degree and most likely possess a background in statistical modelling, analysis and inference in pivotal quantitative applications such as risk forecasting, risk analysis and quantitative decision-making.
General Recruitment Criteria
- Qualifications & Skills: In addition to a strong IT degree, some firms prefer to hire computer forensics candidates who already possess a baseline certification such as EnCase (EnCE) . For junior candidates this demonstrates a dedication to their forensic technology career path. It also tends to be a particular requirement of the firms’ clients when they seek practitioners to be involved in their own multinational or USA-headed corporate legal dispute.
- Knowledge: In addition to relevant technical expertise, it is essential that computer forensics practitioners are familiar with forensic technology methodologies; E-Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) etc. It is also critical that they understand and can apply the legal guidelines for data collection and management within the national or state jurisdiction covering their activity, such as ACPO Guidelines in the UK.
Network: If they proceed along a consulting career path, forensic technologists must increase the breadth and depth of their technical experience at the same time as building internal and external networks of disputes lawyers, legal counsel, Corporate Risk Officers, and technologists across their client market.
Learning: As with all IT related careers, eDiscovery and computer forensics practitioners must continuously endeavour to keep their skills and knowledge up to date. To facilitate this there are a variety of highly regarded associations and bodies within which to build your knowledge and your network, i.e. F3 in the UK or internationally, the regional chapters of the HTCIA.
International Experience: International relocation is commonly possible at lower staff to senior manager levels. However, candidates should be aware of the specific cultural and linguistic familiarity that is required to work in particular locations.
Hinksford is one of the UK’s few specialist Forensic Technology recruiters with an international network of clients and candidates. For more information on the latest Forensic Technology and eDiscovery / eDisclosure jobs or partner opportunities please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.