To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we're doing a focus on 10 staff members to learn more about the people who make Veritau what it is. Each day this week and next, you’ll see a profile about one of the team, from across our different service areas.
Benjamin’s role is Fraud Investigator (Data Analyst) and he has been with Veritau for four years. He was attracted to the scientific and analytical side of the job, having studied Theoretical Physics at York University.
Benjamin found that he had many transferrable skills from physics in statistical analysis - writing programs to generate data, and writing more programs to take the data apart. During his time as a trainee, Benjamin studied for the Professionally Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist qualification. He really enjoyed this course, especially the legal side.
A large part of Benjamin’s job is working with specialist software IDEA. IDEA is a Canadian computer aided auditing tool that allows a trained user to analyse large and complex sets of data. Benjamin was given a lot of independence with the software to explore how it worked and how Veritau could develop this area to provide greater assurance.
After teaching himself much of the software, he attended formal training and became a Certified IDEA Data Analyst. He also took an advanced course in scripting and now writes scripts for high-level data analysis, cleansing, and manipulation.
Benjamin is an expert in the software and was given the role to lead the IDEA team alongside a colleague from the audit team. Veritau’s IDEA group are experts in the software and engage in any work required for audits, investigations, or other projects.
Investigators from the fraud team go to Benjamin, or another member of the IDEA team, when they have an investigation involving structured data, e.g. masses of financial records. The IDEA team are also approached by auditors where certain testing can be conducted more efficiently and in greater detail with the software.
“I love a good puzzle.” Benjamin’s favourite parts of the job are the problem-solving elements; trying to gather evidence for an investigation, and finding the best ways to analyse data to make it make sense.
“You have an end goal of how you want the output to look and what the data might be able to show you and it’s solving those problems for how to get there.”
He also enjoys helping others with the software and teaching them to make sense of large data sets. There has been keen interest from the different teams at Veritau of new members wanting to join the IDEA team and train to use the software.
In his free time Benjamin is a keen board gamer, musician, and martial artist.
Read more: auditing with data analytics and IDEA