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The Role of Digital Forensics in Modern Private Investigations

  • 19 July 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Zoom

The Role of Digital Forensics in Modern Private Investigations

The Role of Digital Forensics in Modern Private Investigations" is a presentation that explores the growing importance of digital forensics in the field of private investigations. The presentation examines the changing landscape of private investigations in the digital age, where much of our lives and activities take place online or using digital devices.  This presentation will discuss the basic principles of digital forensics, how digital forensics can be used to trace a suspect, and how private investigators and digital forensic practitioners can work together effectively on investigations. The presentation also explores how digital forensics can be used in a variety of private investigation cases, such as divorce, fraud, intellectual property theft, and even criminal investigations, while discussing the importance of keeping up with the latest trends and best practices in digital forensics in order to stay ahead of the game in the ever-changing digital landscape. It emphasizes the critical role that digital forensics plays in modern private investigations, and how private investigative firms can benefit from incorporating digital forensics into their investigative toolkit.

Ryan Duquette, Partner, National Digital Forensic Leader 

Ryan is MNP’s National Leader of Digital Forensics, with the firm’s Forensics and Litigation Support Service Group in Toronto. With more than two decades of digital forensics, investigations and cybersecurity experience, Ryan provides clients with litigation support, as well as helping with cyber incident responses, fraud matters and technology risks. A former police officer focusing on cybercrime and fraud matters, he works closely with his clients to investigate workplace incidents and civil litigation concerns, including property theft, human resources investigations, and data breaches.

Ryan is frequently consulted as a subject matter specialist. A licensed private investigator and a regular presenter at fraud, digital forensics, cybersecurity and investigative conferences worldwide, he has been qualified as an expert witness on many occasions.

Ryan earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts (BA) in sociology at the University of Toronto and a Master of Science (MSc) in Digital Forensic Management at Champlain College. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE), and Certified Electronic Evidence Collection Specialist (CEECS). He is a member of the International High Technology Crime Investigation Association and the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists.

Ryan is a board member with the Mississauga Food Bank, a mentor for the University of Toronto and for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and a member of Humber College’s Protection, Security and Investigations Program Advisory Committee


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