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Using AI to Speed Up Corporate Forensics Investigations

Posted by ADF Solutions on April 12, 2023
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The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to speed up corporate forensics investigations is becoming a popular way for businesses to quickly and accurately gather evidence. AI can be used to analyze large amounts of data. This can help companies identify potential issues or areas of concern. AI can be used to detect patterns in data that might otherwise be difficult to detect, as well as to uncover any fraudulent activity. 

AI technologies can be used to automate certain tasks. For example, reviewing emails and other digital communications for suspicious activity. This can help to save time and resources that would otherwise have been spent manually reviewing the data. 

Artificial intelligence is the development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally performed requiring human intelligence [1]. This is accomplished by combining vast amounts of training data, data sets, computer science, and problem-solving.

How is Artificial Intelligence Applied in Corporate Forensics?

In corporations, some of the most standard uses of AI are machine learning models, cybersecurity, customer relationship management, internet searches, and personal assistants. They rely on electronic data for their daily operations. Employees use computers to access file shares, emails, databases, and other electronically stored information. 

Corporations may encounter employees who are not compliant or abiding by policies and engaging in illegal practices. These issues can include… 

  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance makes it unlawful for certain classes of persons and entities to make payments to foreign government officials to assist in obtaining or retaining business [2].
  • Accidental or intentional company data disclosure- corporate information is disclosed without permission
  • Intellectual property theft- an employee will steal intellectual property from an employer and may sell it or pass it to a competitor or use it to set up their own competing business.
  • Employee internet abuse or misuse- employee violates computer policies and may use computers for illegal activity.
  • White-collar crimes- insiders commit financially motivated crimes, Ponzi schemes, embezzlement, and other fraud schemes.

Upon an employee's resignation, their accounts may be disabled or deleted and devices are repurposed. Some corporations may conduct a collection of data after an employee's resignation. During these collections, they may discover employees did not follow confidentiality or non-compete agreements. Whether it is during or after an employee's time at a company, corporate forensics can help uncover illegal or forbidden activity. 

Forensic investigators will use digital forensic tools to collect data from electronic devices such as mobile phones and computers. Digital forensic software leverages artificial intelligence and machine learning to speed up investigations. Large amounts of data can be collected at once from devices or from cloud platforms using automated processes. This software will also analyze digital evidence and produce reports investigators can present to corporations. 

Investigators will collect data such as…

  • File and network access
  • Internet history
  • Communications
  • Data exfiltration
  • Data extensions 

Corporations can also benefit from corporate forensics for cybersecurity purposes. Cyberattacks can be organized, professional, and conducted through global electronic networks. Cybercriminals often initiate detailed plans that can cost governments, businesses, and individuals billions of dollars. Cybercriminals may use methods like phishing or social engineering to steal sensitive data. This data could include passwords and personal information, which can be used to gain access to accounts.

Artificial intelligence is able to recognize cyberattacks and other cyber threats by monitoring data input [3]. Upon detecting threats AI can sort through data to locate the source and assist in preventing any further threats. By using AI systems to speed up corporate forensics investigations, businesses can gain valuable insights into their operations and identify areas of potential risk.

ADF’s Digital Evidence Investigator is built to enable corporate security investigators who conduct digital forensic investigations to identify, recover, and analyze Electronically Stored Information (ESI) quickly and easily. DEI prioritizes and collects files and artifacts fast with suspect, witness, or victim evidence presented in a timeline view. 

DEI software may be used on Windows and macOS (including T2 and M1 chips). It can conduct Mac forensics and scan all available Mac computers with all types of encryption and virtual drives by running a remote agent that communicates with the desktop application. 

With ADF’s DEI forensic tools, your company can conduct corporate forensics investigations more efficiently and effectively, and help prevent future fraud or wrongdoing.

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Topics: Corporate Compliance, Artificial Intelligence

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