Have you ever wondered how the world's TOP cyber investigators resolve some of the MOST prolific criminal investigations using intelligence gathered from social media?
It's because they train with us!
The Best of the Best from the FBI, Secret Service, DOJ, Homeland Security, and thousands more attend this incredible board certification program each year to enhance their skill-sets, knowledge, & credibility, and we would love for you to become an SMIA today!
The SMIA Online Board Certification will keep you on the edge of your seat teaching you the most advanced and state-of-the-art intelligence and investigative methodologies employed by our nation's most elite cyber investigators! We are taking over 25 years of hands-on experience from the Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement Levels and Military Intelligence Sectors conducting social media investigations and sharing with you, our insights into what contributes to their success and failures.
The SMIA™ credential is tough and demanding, but fun to study. You will learn and grow with this phenomenal certification, and even better yet, it's all online. There are no boring theory lectures here. It’s all how-to-based tutorials, videos, and personal mentorship which helps you to actually utilize the learning’s coming from the training program and be highly effective in your organization and/or agency as you progress.
The SMIA™ Certification program contains ten modules which are consistent with the competencies needed to pass the renowned SMIA™ exam. You earn 35 CPE credits for completing this program. The modules are self-study available at your own pace and schedule. Study as you see fit, anywhere, and at any time.
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Industry Recognition The high-integrity examination and certification process ensures that McAfee Institute credentials are the standard for the intelligence and investigative sectors.
Continued Professional Growth Recertification requirements, combined with a variety of learning resources, ensure that your knowledge keeps pace with a rapidly changing field.
What am I going to learn
You will learn how to investigate & gather intelligence on the top social media platforms around the world.
You will learn how to investigate metadata, digital evidence, and email headers
You will learn how to investigate video chat platforms, dating sites, and more.
You will learn the proper ways of securing a computer or mobile device for evidence
You will learn all of the legal fundamentals both criminally and civilly to conducting social media investigations.
G.I. Bill® Approved
McAfee Institute is approved for the Veterans Education Benefits for ourresident based(in-person) programs. If you are interested in attending one of our world-renowned board certification programs please follow these directions for enrollment using Veterans Education Benefits.
Bachelor’s degree or higher plus one year of experience in fraud, investigations, IT, law enforcement, forensics, criminal justice, law, and/or loss prevention or
Associates degree plus two years of experience as stated above or
High school diploma or equivalency plus four years of experience as stated above
In addition, 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 an SMIA®. Applicant must provide a copy of the certified transcript of education ONLY if using college degree rather than experience to qualify.
Applicant must successfully pass the prescribed criminal background check.
Falsification or omission of information on the application form will be reason enough to disqualify an applicant from becoming or remaining a Certified Social Media Intelligence Analyst.
Download the complete syllabus below
You have to renew the board certification every two years, once you are certified. The cost is $125 for an additional two years. CPE requirements arelisted here.
Welcome to the Board Certified Social Media Intelligence Analyst
Introduction to SMIA
Group Forum Discussion: Introduce Yourself!
Code of Ethics
Basic Social Media Investigations
Intro to Basic Social Media
Locating People on Facebook
Facebook Search Tool
Facebook Private Information
Twitter Mobile App
Module 2 Quiz: Basic Social Media Investigations
Advanced Social Media Investigations
An Overview of Advanced Social Media Investigations
Defining Open Source Intelligence
A World of Sock Puppets
Hootsuite and SproutSocial
Module 3 Quiz: Advanced Social Media Investigations
Chatting Up Your Person of Interest
Introduction to Video Chat Platforms
Skype Sign Up
Web Platform and Features
Skype App and Searching
Google Hangouts Intro
Google Hangouts Mobile
Oovoo Chat Window
Module 4 Quiz: Chatting Up Your Person of Interest
What Do We Do With Dating Sites
Dating Site Introduction
Doing a Basic Search on Plenty of Fish
Plenty of Fish Advanced Search
Searching for a Username on Plenty of Fish
Searching the Forums in Plenty of Fish
Match.com Login and Overview
Match.com Search Functions
What about Google Site Search
Module 5 Quiz: What Do We Do With Dating Sites
Legal Fundamentals of Cyber Investigations
Legal Fundamentals of Cyber Investigations Resources
Introduction to Legal Fundamentals
Understanding Your Role as a Corporate Investigator
Understanding Your Employees Rights
The Electronic Communications Privacy Act
Understanding Law Enforcement Concerns
An Agent of the Law
Federal Laws to Prosecute CyberCrimes
Becoming an Expert Witness
Dauberts Standards, What is it?
Common Task of an Expert Witness
Preparing to Become an Expert Witness
Your Role as a Consultant
How to Prepare Your Testimony for Court
Preparing Forensic and Computer Evidence
Legal Fundamentals of Cyber Investigations Summary
Module 6 Quiz: Legal Fundamentals of Cyber Investigations
Email Headers and Digital Forensics
Cyber Forensics (Reading Assignment)
Investigating Email Crimes: The Who, What, When, and Where!
What do we do?
Email Header Information
Mobile Forensics Part 1
Mobile Forensics Part 2
Module 7 Quiz: Email Headers and Digital Forensics
SMIA Final Exam
Preparing For The Exam
Final Exam: SMIA
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