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Certified Expert in Cyber Investigations (CECI)

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Program Includes

Tuition Includes: Official Training Program, Official Digital Study Manual, Official Prep Review Quizzes, Online Proctor License, 1-Year Exam License, Digital Certification & Credential

Total Hours: 100

# of Exercises: 15

# of CPE Credits Earned: 100

Delivery Method: Online Self-Study

Certificate Earned: Board Certification

Lifetime Access to the Program

Live Instructor Support

Globally Recognized


Certified Experts in Cyber Investigations (CECI's) are the industryā€™s Most Elite Cyber Investigators that are trained in advanced and state of the art methodologies to identify, investigate and resolve the most complex cybercrimes known to man. They are simply the Best of the Best! Let me tell you about the program and how to earn your credentials and board certification!

This is an exciting online Professional Board Certification focused on enhancing your skill sets as an "Expert in Cyber Investigations" which takes a blended learning approach of self-study, live interactions, and instructor lead investigative exercises that will help you to learn how to conduct successful cyber investigations with effective new concepts to prosecute the guilty.

We are taking over 25 years of hands-on experience in conducting cyber-investigations from the private, public, and government sectors around the world and sharing with you, our insights into what contributes to success and failures.

This program contains hundreds of hours of online video-based training; online prep review quizzes to prepare you for the final exam, and, of course, the necessary study manuals as well to help you along the way.

It does not matter if you are Law Enforcement, Loss Prevention, Fraud, Intelligence, Cyber Security, I.T Security or Private Investigation you will learn a ton of new concepts and investigative methodologies that you can apply immediately to your role and come out on top.

Program Learnings Contained within the CECI:

  1. Certified Cyber Intelligence Professional (CCIP): Value $1047
  2. Certified Counterintelligence Threat Analyst (CCTA): Value $1347
  3. Certified Organized Retail Crime Investigator (CORCI): Value $1047
  4. Certified Social Media Intelligence Analyst (SMIA): Value $997
  5. Certified eCommerce Fraud Investigator (CEFI): Value $1497
  6. Certified Forensic Hi-tech Investigator (CFHI): Value $1797

You will only take one board exam at the end of the program as well. It is one incredible experience and insane value.

Learning Objectives & Outcomes
  • You are going to learn the industry's best kept and closely guarded secrets to conducting effective cyber investigations
  • You are going to learn how to identify key intelligence to support your mission-critical investigations into cybercriminals
  • You are going to learn how to develop, implement, and manage a cyber intelligence & investigative program in your organization or agency.

ā€¢ Welcome to the CECI
ā€¢ Understanding the Manual
ā€¢ Cyber Intelligence (Overview)
ā€¢ Intro to Cyber Investigations
ā€¢ Social Media Investigations
ā€¢ Advanced Social Media Investigations
ā€¢ Auction Fraud Investigations
ā€¢ Advanced Auction Fraud Investigation Methodologies
ā€¢ Exploring the Deep Web
ā€¢ Advanced Searching
ā€¢ Identification of Deception in Social Media
ā€¢ Open Source Intelligence
ā€¢ Understanding the Perpetrator
ā€¢ Chatting Applications
ā€¢Ā On-Line Dating Applications
ā€¢ How to Utilize Informants
ā€¢ Program Design and Development
ā€¢ Legal Fundamentals of Cyber Investigations
ā€¢ Introduction to ORC Investigations
ā€¢ Organized Retail Crime Overview
ā€¢ Organized Retail Crime Fraud Schemes
ā€¢ Booster Operations
ā€¢ Fencing Operations
ā€¢ Organized Retail Crime Investigations
ā€¢ Organized Retail Crime Investigations Part II
ā€¢ Surveillance Methods
ā€¢ Criminal Prosecution of ORC
ā€¢ Introduction to Cyber Counterintelligence
ā€¢ Applying Intelligence Methodologies
ā€¢ Cyber Terrorism & Hackers
ā€¢ Electronic Discovery
ā€¢ Advanced Electronic Discovery
ā€¢ Computer Forensics
ā€¢ Advanced Computer Forensics
ā€¢ Hi-Tech Investigations
ā€¢ Advanced Hi Tech Investigations
ā€¢ Mobile Forensics
ā€¢ Advanced Mobile Forensics - Autopsy Demo
ā€¢ Private and Domestic Investigations
ā€¢ Final Board Exam


Want to learn more about the CECI? Within this program, you are going to discover cutting-edge techniques and real-world training in six different certification trainings and position yourself as an industry-recognized expert with this incredible Certification Program. Download the complete syllabus here.

Exam Details ProgramĀ - is graded on a pass/fail system by obtaining a 70% or better is considered a passing grade. The exam is taken online at the convenience of your home or office. It is a closed book exam and is 200 questions. The questions are in a true/false, multiple-choice & scenario-based format. It is a timed exam, you get 3 hours to complete the exam and you must do so in one sitting. Once you start the exam you must complete it. You get one attempt to pass the exam. If you fail the exam you must purchase a new exam license to sit for the exam.Ā 

You can purchase anĀ exam license hereĀ ļ»æļ»æ for $450 USD separately to sit for the exam if you don't buy the training bundle.


The cost is $125 for an additional two years and requires proof of completion of 30 CPE credits.Ā 

Bachelorā€™s degree or higher plus four years of experience in e-commerce, fraud, investigations, IT, law enforcement, forensics, criminal justice, law, and loss preventionĀ Ā 
Associates degree plus six years of experienceĀ 
High school diploma or equivalency plus seven years of experience.Ā 

Also, a person convicted of a felony, any crime of moral turpitude or misdemeanor relating to honesty, theft, embezzlement, fraud, or the like shall be ineligible to become a CECIĀ®. Applicants must successfully pass the prescribed background check, which may include a criminal background check and examination process. Falsification or omission of information on the application form will be reason enough to disqualify an applicant from becoming or remaining a Certified Expert in Cyber Investigations (CECI).

What if I do not meet the eligibility requirements?

If you do not meet the eligibility requirements above that's OK! We offer a qualified program where you can get the same great training and earn a "Qualified" credential. Then when you meet the eligibility all you need to do is return and purchase the Certified Exam License to sit for the exam and earn your "Certified" credential. (Click image below to find out more)

What if I donā€™t want to attend the training program. Can I just sit for the exam?

You do not need to attend our training programs to sit for the board exam.Ā 

If you are interested in sitting for theĀ exam onlyĀ to become a CertifiedĀ Expert in Cyber InvestigationsĀ (CECI), you mayĀ obtain an exam license to do so. Exam licenses are valid for one year after purchase. Click the image below to purchase.Ā 

If you are interested in theĀ Expert in Cyber Investigations training only, you may do so by enrolling in the QualifiedĀ Expert in Cyber Investigations (Q|ECI) program. Upon completion of the QualifiedĀ Expert in Cyber InvestigationsĀ (Q|ECI) training program, you will receive a certificate of completion. Click the image below to find out more.Ā Ā 


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The McAfee Institute has partnered with Credentialing Assistance (CA) to provide funding for training and exams leading to an industry-recognized academic or vocational credential.Ā > See more here

VR&E Program

The McAfee Institute has partnered with Veteran's Readiness and Employment - VR&E (formerly Voc Rehab) and benefit program counselors around the world to offer you the ability to participate in any of McAfee Institutes board certifications (online or in-person).Ā > See more here

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This online program isĀ NOT eligible for veterans education benefits/G.I. BillĀ®.Ā GI BillĀ® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website atĀ > See more here

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Love it and VERY impressed!

I was nervous to finally take certifications as a busy working parent of 5. However, this course is laid out in very distinct , easy to follow segments with engaging content, no filler material. There are great breaking points so I can set goals for myself to make progress toward completion around my daily Scheduel. I really am enjoying the content and learning a lot.

robin p.
United States United States

A Certification You Can Be Proud Of !!

I found this course to be very professional, informative, and focused. The CECI certification program will elevate your knowledge in multiple areas of cybercrime. I have been through a few certification programs for data forensics (computers, cellphones, data storage devices) from accredited institutions. This program was just as good, in some cases, better. The reference material is something I have used since I first access it. It is easy to use, easy to resource, and easy to digest. The online format was convenient but was not lacking in information or content. I will continue to resource the McAfee Institute for tradecraft and technical development. Great course!

Brian P.
United States United States

CECI: Solid and Vital.

The Certified Expert in Cyber Investigations (CECI) is the 'go to' training for investigating in the cyber space. The internet of things (IoT) has passed, we now live in the internet of everything (IoE). This program will help you establish the needed foundation to gather intelligence, investigate cyber crimes, and cyber-enabled crimes.The program is structured in a way that supports learning via reading and research, discussion boards, application of investigation techniques, quizzes, and a comprehensive exam. This goes beyond other comparable board examinations, where just an exam and experience are required. Actually, this puts this board certification 'heads and shoulders' above the others. The programs at the McAfee Institute have multiple accreditations for a reason.Additionally, the material is reviewable at any time and updated. This is critical considering the cyber landscape changes constantly and the investigator will need to refresh and update themselves on a technique or tool.The customer service during the training, and after, is the industry standard. The staff at the McAfee Institute realize that if you are successful, they are successful. ~ Eli W.

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Eli W.
United States United States

CECI Review

My experience was very good the course was put together very well.

Martin S.
United States United States
I recommend this product

CECI Certification

This was a great course and now I have tools to take forward into areas that require such board certifications.

Christopher R.
United States United States
I recommend this product


It's was quite enlightening. Plus the lifetime access to the material makes it really worth the amount.

Prince B.
Nigeria Nigeria

Fantastic Service

I just signed up for the CECI course and I cant tell you how excited I am about it. My review however is around the service and assistance I have received thus far from McAfee with regards to invoices, information and payment. Thank you

Nadine J.

Certified Expert in Cyber Investigations (CECI)

My overall experience so far has been great, the lessons are very simple to follow along and easy to understand, hopefully I'll finish the course in a very short time.

Wilfredo T.
Certified Expert in Cyber Investigations (CECI)


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