I work in the IT industry, specifically I'm a full stack web developer in such a language that I can easily transition into desktop or server applications.

Recently there was an incident that needed me to go through a lot of data looking for signs of fraud.

This led me to discover that I'm actually quite passionate about this kind of work.

My question is sorts of positions can I move to, to do full-time fraud investigations, looking trough data trying to spot the needle in the haystack while still be heavily linked to IT ?

(Hope I'm on-topic)

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    Digital forensics is the field that comes to mind. If you have an econ degree, you could even work for an insurance company as an analyst doing fraud detection.
    – rath
    Sep 29 '17 at 9:07
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    You also may want to take a look into this (slightly unrelated but not far-off) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_technology_audit
    – Leon
    Sep 29 '17 at 9:17
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    Career advice is off-topic here. Try The Workplace Chat or a specialised forum.
    – Lilienthal
    Sep 29 '17 at 10:58


Database Forensics

Database forensics is a branch of digital forensic science relating to the forensic study of databases and their related metadata.

The discipline is similar to computer forensics, following the normal forensic process and applying investigative techniques to database contents and metadata. Cached information may also exist in a servers RAM requiring live analysis techniques.

A forensic examination of a database may relate to the timestamps that apply to the update time of a row in a relational table being inspected and tested for validity in order to verify the actions of a database user. Alternatively, a forensic examination may focus on identifying transactions within a database system or application that indicate evidence of wrongdoing, such as fraud.

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    Also compliance auditing for financial institutions or specialised government audits. AML/CFT etc, (anti money laundering/counter financing of terrorism)
    – Kilisi
    Sep 29 '17 at 9:41

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