Rider University's Center for Business Forensics mission is to help create a competent workforce and a robust knowledge base that can meet the challenges of dealing with corporate fraud and the many forms of computer crime. Located in the College of Business Administration, the CBF takes a multidisciplinary approach in providing instruction to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as in professional development programming for corporate, law enforcement and government organizations. The Accounting department and Computer Information Systems department provide the faculty expertise.
Definition of Forensics
The CBF’s definition of forensics goes beyond investigation and prosecution to include compliance with government regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and prevention of crimes such as corporate fraud, identity theft, computer hacking and terrorism. Its strategy is investigation and analysis can create knowledge to be used for prevention, prosecution and compliance. The CBF will partner with The Cyber Crimes and Forensics Institute, a multi-university, cross-disciplinary program that will address issues related to forensics that are vital to law enforcement at all levels of government.
Rider's CBF is also a partner in the Cyber Crime and Forensics Institute, a multi-university, cross-disciplinary program with East Stroudsburg University and Drexel University that addresses issues related to computer forensics that are vital to law enforcement at all levels of government. The Institute will fulfill three objectives:
- education and development of the next-generation computer forensics practitioners for U.S. law enforcement
- assistance to law enforcement agencies in personnel training and expert resources for consultation and analysis
- cross disciplinary state-of-the-art research in computer forensics.
This research will develop computer crime countermeasures (including the identification and preservation of evidence), maintain the highest level of awareness of trends in computer crime and work with established professional organizations to develop basic professional standards in computer forensics.
- To provide undergraduate students with the foundation and basic investigatory skills through computer forensics and fraud and business forensics courses that lead to a major in either Accounting or Computer Information Systems and a Certificate in Business Forensics.
- To provide graduate students with the opportunity to achieve a degree specializing in forensics through the Master of Accountancy program that will give them the experience to conduct sophisticated investigative and analytical work.
- To provide sustained professional development programming and consulting services education to corporate, law enforcement and government organizations. There will be conferences, tailored short and long courses and a certification program.
- To conduct research that expands the knowledge base and serves to enlighten companies, law enforcement agencies and governmental organizations on issues and developments in the business forensics field.
- To form partnerships to enhance discussion and exchange of business forensic knowledge and to collaborate with practitioners on their current projects.
- To be known as a point of collection for the most current and up to date information in the field and to schedule timely, informative conferences.