Go ahead, say it: Forensic accounting is sexy. At least, that's how those in the field describe this fast-growing niche that incorporates investigation and auditing expertise to provide analysis in a judicial setting."I see more general service firms saying on their Web sites, 'We do forensic accounting,'" said Howard Silverstone, CPA, FCA, CFE and co-founder of Forensic Resolutions Inc., based in Haddonfield, N.J. "Part of it I think it's because it's sexy, and part of it is because they realize there's a legitimate market for it and people really understand it enough now that they are going to be looking for people like us."

Debbie Cutler, CPA, CFE and a partner at New York-based consultancy Kramer, Love & Cutler LLP, said that interest in the forensic field has grown through a combination of the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation and because more companies are looking to tighten up their internal controls. Forensic accounting, she said, also has become more well known and, yes, "sexy," because of prime-time television programs such as CSI.

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