Forensic Technology & Discovery Services (FTDS)

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1. Overview of department

The Forensic Technology & Discovery Services (FTDS) team is part of the Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services business unit.
Our FTDS professionals provide clients with three core forensic services:

  • Computer Forensic Investigations: conducting in-depth forensic investigations across acquired data to detect fraud and other abuses;
  • Electronic Disclosure Services: identifying, preserving, collecting and processing data for the purpose of internal analysis and/or external review to support high profile dispute and investigation matters;
  • Investigative Data-Mining: forensic analysis of large volumes of structured and unstructured data to detect and monitor fraud risks.  

2. What will my role be like in Forensic Technology and Discovery Services?

The role will give you a number of opportunities to get involved with various phases of forensic technology engagements; including, but not limited to identification, preservation, data collection, processing, analysis and report writing. Furthermore, you will learn how to manipulate and transform large structured and unstructured data sets and help develop bespoke solutions to various challenges our clients face.  
In addition, you will have the opportunity to liaise directly with clients and software vendors, help gather business intelligence, carry out market research, and support further business development. Therefore, it is essential that the candidate has studied ICT/Computing at A level or equivalent and is technology savvy; keen to gain extensive knowledge of computer hardware and software.

3. What training and development will I receive during in my first few years?

The first 12 months will focus on learning the fundamentals across our three core forensic services. Following from there, you will be able to focus more in one area to develop a broad range of technical skills including working with computer hardware, operating forensic applications and programmatically manipulating data using SQL or an object-oriented programming language.
Your time in EY will increase your business understanding and improve assorted professional and personal abilities. From day one, you’ll be exposed to current client projects and get involved in a variety of work across a range of sectors. You'll receive a full induction into the firm and will be assigned a mentor to help your professional development.

4. What opportunities will the Forensic Technology and Discovery Services School Leaver programme open up?

If you are seeking a career in Forensic IT this is an excellent introduction to the industry, allowing you to build a network of contacts and gain invaluable hands-on experience. Additionally, you will receive extensive structured training and, once this is complete within two years of the programme, a chance to gain a variety of professional qualifications e.g. Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS), EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE), Certifier Computed Examiner (CCE).

5. Entry requirements:

300 UCAS points (minimum of BBB at A Level, to include either ICT or Computing/Computer Science)

Please note: in exceptional circumstances we will accept applications from candidates who do not meet our academic requirements. If this is your case, you will need to provide strong justification for why we should consider your application. You will also need to provide documentary evidence of any mitigating circumstances.

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