You will examine these new innovative ideas in-depth as they are introduced by our experienced instructors which come from the world of eCommerce, loss prevention, law enforcement, and the intelligence community to bring you an action-packed seminar that will leave you eager to return to work, to utilize your new found skill set.

  • Navigate the website, search, advanced search, sign-up, register a profile
  • Learn about connections, friend’s request, & privacy settings
  • Identify fraudsters, criminals, and illegal information Identify personal details, addresses, phone numbers, email address & more
  • Learn how to bypass privacy settings, visualize seller networks and gather intelligence
  • Identification of criminal activity and what is needed to prosecute
  • Evidence gathering and chain of custody for digital evidence
  • Legalities of online investigations, terms of service violations and subpoenas

Last Updated: 06/18/2018


Course curriculum

  • 1

    Advanced Social Media Investigations

    • Course Resources
    • An overview of Advanced Social Media Investigations
    • Defining Open Source Intelligence
    • Anatomy of Social Media
    • Domain Names
    • Username Workflow
    • Search Engines
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Twitter Advance Searching (Examples)
    • Instagram
    • Instagram Advance Search (Examples)
    • YouTube
    • Hootsuite and SproutSocial
    • Quiz: Advanced Social Media Investigations
  • 2

    Legal Fundamentals of Cyber Investigations

    • Legal Fundamentals (Reading Assignment)
    • 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 (02:11)
    • Dauberts Standards, What is it? (00:58)
    • Common Task of an Expert Witness (02:01)
    • Preparing to Become an Expert Witness (02:50)
    • Your Role as a Consultant (01:29)
    • How to Prepare Your Testimony for Court (09:43)
    • Preparing Forensic and Computer Evidence (01:03)
    • Quiz: Legal Fundamentals of Cyber Investigations
  • 3

    Documenting Social Media Evidence

    • Documenting Social Media Evidence (Reading Assignment)
    • Quiz: Documenting Social Media Evidence
  • 4

    Digital Evidence

    • Social Media Evidence (Reading Assignment)
    • Final Exam: Digital Evidence

What is included?

Instruction by an expert facilitator
Small, interactive classes
Specialized manual and course materials
Personalized certificate of completion

Course Benefits

Access: 24/7/365 Online
Unlimited Access
Credential Earned: Certificate of Completion
Availability: Desktop, Mobile, Tablet
CPE Credits: Included
Nationally Recognized Credential: NASBA, NICE, & More
Live Mentors: Available 9-9PM CST via Chat

Please note: To be eligible for CPE credit, you must complete the course and final exam within one year of enrollment. Please be advised that you may only claim CPE credit for a course once the certificate of completion is issued. The certificate of completion is valid for 2 years.


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