Fraud is costing the business community more than £14 million a year, it has emerged.
New research by Grant Thornton reveals that one in five companies have been defrauded in the past 12 months and half these have been victims of computer fraud.
In fact, the misuse of computer equipment by staff is implicated in almost all types of fraud.
The forensic search of computer records, such as internet history, email activity and file deletion, can identify and retrieve crucial evidence. In many cases, computer forensics provide not only the crucial proof of guilt - but also of the innocence - of those implicated in fraud cases.
Simone Zimmermann, forensic IT specialist for Grant Thornton, will be exploring these issues and more at a seminar tomorrow in Birmingham on the use of computer forensics in criminal investigations
The event, Electronic Finger Pointing - The "Virtual" Detective, will cover the latest developments in the forensic acquisition and analysis of computer evidence.
The seminar will include:
* Best practice guidelines.
* Making electronic evidence forensically sound.
* The consequences of misinterpretation and invalid conclusions being drawn from data