By: Daniel Rupprecht on 1/11/2021
2020 has seen the world thrown into turmoil as a deadly virus continues to spread across the globe. To help manage the pandemic, governments have put into place measures to help businesses stay afloat. These measures have taken on many forms, from small business loans to supporting employee wages during lock downs. Trillions have been spent but have all those benefiting from aide been on the receiving end in good faith? Not all.
How does one provide evidence to a negative? How does one prove employees did not work?
Our Approach to Structured Data Analysis
iDS have developed an approach to gather this myriad of structured data streams helping corporations to identify what “a day in the life” of its employees looks like. Called “Fact Crashing” and similar to a data mapping exercise found in a more standard approach, consultants help pinpoint the many avenues of stored data that can help define a person’s day. From time stamps and video surveillance footage to mobiles location services and identification logins, dozens of data points can be identified. Some are easily collected and processed whereas others might be more difficult or protected under data privacy regulations. This said, it only takes 3 or 4 well defined tracks to create a solid benchmark of work-related activity.
Once we know what the ordinary day looks like for the average employee, it is relatively straight forward to identify when this activity falls to nothing, exactly what an organization would be looking for when trying to prove that a furloughed employee did in fact stay home as required. If these same streams can be applied across an entire department or the entire company in general, very quickly an investigative consultant can identify those who were working and those who were not during a specifically define time period. Invaluable should a government regulator come knocking on the door asking whether or not funds in support of the scheme were properly distributed.
Discovery technology has historically focused on specific forms of data. Email, human authored documents, and chats to name a few, have all been the focus of digital interrogation procedures, helping provide the evidence necessary to prove a point or develop a legal argument. Some investigations are not so lucky and we as consultants need to look elsewhere when mining for information that can provide clarity to a particular event.
iDS specializes in structured data analysis, developing workflows based upon sound digital investigative procedure and practice. From identification, through normalization and interrogation, to visualization and presentation, iDS consultants partner with their clients to determine how structure data can identify work activity, or better yet, lack thereof when providing evidence that fraudulent behavior does not exist.
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