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Deloitte upgrades forensic system

CHIMWEMWE MWALE, Livingstone
DELOITTE and Touche has devised more effective digital forensic systems to trace information leakages from the source and identify people behind fraud and leakage of classified information among others.

Deloitte associate director risk advisory Brian Sitamulaho said the system can identify people involved in online corrupt activities and leakage of information to ensure they are disciplined accordingly.

The firm provides audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory services to public and private clients spanning multiple industries with a globally connected network of member firms in over150 countries.
Mr Sitamulaho said the introduction of the system and sensitisation about its existence and application can help deter workers in both public and private institutions from leaking sensitive information.
He said in an interview on the side-lines of the Institute of Internal Auditors conference dubbed ‘From hindsight to foresight’ that the trend calls for solutions as it jeopardises businesses.
“Fraud and corruption are on the increase both globally and locally, no organisation is immune to these threats.
“Deloitte forensic adopts an all-encompassing end-to-end approach which incorporates elements of detection, response and prevention helping clients to react quickly and confidently in a crisis, investigation or dispute,” Mr Sitamulaho said.
He said the firm has enough tools to undertake the forensics in good time.
Mr Sitamulaho urged institutions to report suspicious leakages in good time as delay may result in the disappearance of tangible evidence.
“Most frauds that are happening now are perpetrated through computers and the digital forensics team and software can identify and trace where the leak started from and in this way organisations can respond and probably start disciplinary processes.
“This is something institutions need because everything is now digital and everything is being pushed online including transactions for day to day consumables and people can hack the systems like the Zesco one to fraudulently get units,” Mr Sitamulaho said.