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Industry Recognized


 McAfee Institute's "Social Media Intelligence Expert" Certification Makes It Easy (and Affordable) to Gain the Credentials Necessary to be Recognized as One of the Most Elite Cyber Investigators around the World!

Discover Cutting-Edge Techniques and Real-World Training for Cyber and Social Media Investigations and Position Yourself as an Industry Recognized Expert with This New 2019 Certification Course!

  • Learn how to navigate social media appropriately to catch criminals red-handed...
  • Gain the credibility, knowledge, and expertise you need to propel yourself ahead of the competition and become well-known as a thought leader in the investigative industry...

Get Board Certified as a Social Media Intelligence Expert Now!

With over 65% of all U.S. adults actively using social media accounts, it's no surprise that law enforcement is leveraging popular social media platforms to collect valuable intelligence, conduct efficient investigations, and eliminate local as well as national security threats.

Some individuals have gone down in history for confessing to their crimes on their social media profiles... while others have given away incriminating clues via Tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram images, and more.

As the world continues to become more digitized and the Internet grows as a hub of activity, both legal and illegal, it's more important now than ever to be able to effectively utilize cyber intelligence and investigations to properly address our nation's threats and vulnerabilities.

But for many loss prevention, law enforcement, private investigation, and other investigative professionals, social media isn't the goldmine of intelligence they had hoped it would be.

For Investigation Professionals like You, the Demand for Cyber and Social Media Investigation Expertise Has Never Been Higher...

... But the lack of proper training, skills, and knowledge can keep you stuck in a stagnant position permanently.

Without the right training in social media platforms, mobile applications, chat tools, networking sites, and more, conducting quick and effective online investigations is nearly impossible!

If you currently feel...

  • Exhausted by time-consuming investigations... and you don't think there could possibly be enough hours in the day to perform thorough social media research on criminals...
  • Tired of working harder and longer to conduct traditional investigations... instead of learning how to leverage the Internet and social media to conduct fast and effective investigations online...
  • Overwhelmed, frustrated, and confused with social media sites... and you have no idea how to navigate social media platforms to glean the valuable intelligence and insights you need...
  • Frustrated with your lack of success in your investigative career... and ready to establish credibility as an expert authority and finally take your career to the next level...

Get Certified by the Industry’s Premier and Most Recognized Nationally Accredited Training Organization… the McAfee Institute!
Instead of Crawling to the Top of the Ladder, Why Not Propel Yourself There with the Expert Credentials and Knowledge You Need to Succeed?

And what if you could tap into the unmatched knowledge and expertise of some of the world's foremost experts and practitioners to understand how to maximize the intelligence that stands to be gained from social media sites, chat forums, and other open source intelligence communities?

  • You'd feel confident and self-assured as an investigator, knowing that you have the knowledge and skills to quickly conduct online effective investigations that keep your community and nation safe.
  • You'd feel optimistic, knowing that social media has opened up a new world of intelligence... and you know exactly how to use it to drive investigative strategies and ensure you're targeting the most dangerous threats.
  • You'd feel relieved, knowing that you don't have to waste hours upon hours or spend tens of thousands of dollars trying to figure how to effectively navigate social media and utilize it as an investigative professional.
  • You'd enjoy more time and less stress, speeding up the investigative process by effortlessly navigating social networks.
  • You'd feel proud, knowing you're the go-to expert in your niche that your peers, employer, and others turn to when it comes to conducting online investigations that get results.

And what would that do for your career?

Those who earn the nationally accredited credential you're about to discover go on to experience some of the world's most prestigious and exciting intelligence and investigative careers in both the public and private sectors.

With this board certification, you'll not only have the skills, knowledge, and expertise you need to track down criminals and glean intelligence from social media and other open source intelligence sources... but you'll also become known as an industry expert in conducting quick and effective online investigations.

In just a moment, you're going to discover the all-new online certification course that is going to allow you to stand out from the competition and climb the career ladder faster than ever by establishing yourself as a leading expert whom your employer and peers all turn to for answers.

But first, it's imperative to shoot down one huge myth that is keeping investigative professionals like you from reaching their full potential...

But Isn't Getting a Nationally Recognized Board Certification Time Consuming and Expensive?

There's a huge myth among investigative professionals that goes something like this...

"No matter how you do it, getting nationally recognized credentials as an investigative professional takes a long time and is horribly expensive!"

But we're here to tell you that this entirely UNTRUE.

Here's why:

With the help of our national award-winning Founder and CEO, Josh McAfee, who is one of the most recognized and most in-demand authorities in the industry, we've created one of the most exciting and in-demand programs to ever hit the intelligence/investigative industry!

We combined the insight and expertise of hundreds of the industry's top leaders, from federal, local, and state law enforcement, intelligence, loss prevention, investigations, fraud, and more to bring you the most up-to-date and effective training possible in cyber and social media investigations.

Become the Leading Investigative Expert in Your Industry with…The Certified Social Media Intelligence Expert (CSMIE) Program
By McAfee Institute

As one of the most respected and influential leaders and resources for professionals in the loss prevention, law enforcement, and intelligence industries, we are proud to present this brand new board certification course for 2018.

This unique program is unmatched in the industry and delivers the most concise and up-to-date social media intelligence and investigations training that will provide you with the real-world knowledge and expertise you need to effectively conduct online investigations.

    With This Convenient and Affordable Board Certification Program, You'll Be Able To:

    • Learn ALL of the most popular social media sites, mobile applications, chat tools, networking sites, OSINT, and more... so you can be fully prepared for any online investigation you face in this new year
    • Propel yourself to advanced career goals and leverage your credentials as a Certified Social Media Intelligence Expert to gain more exposure and authority in your skill-set
    • Gain the knowledge and expertise you need to position yourself as an industry-leading thought leader in your niche market
    • Access the key information and proven insights from hundreds of the world's top intelligence experts and law enforcement practitioners in order to sharpen your own skills
    • Position yourself as an influential expert who is able to deliver extraordinary results in the investigative and cyber intelligence industries
    • Have your peers and employer knocking on your door, begging for YOUR insights, expertise, and leadership abilities that are truly unrivaled in your industry... instead of sitting around stagnant and hoping to get a promotion one day
    • Experience more success in the intelligence and investigative industries as a certified expert others look up to and appreciate
    • Drive investigative strategies with valuable intelligence gained from social media channels that will ensure you are targeting the most pressing threats to our nation
    • Discover our closely guarded intelligence and investigative techniques that will allow you to maximize the powerful information gleaned from the web and social media in your investigations
    • Finally set yourself apart from the sea of competition and stand out in the industry as a highly respected and acclaimed expert and thought leader
    • And much, much, MUCH more...  
    The Top Reasons To Get Certified

    Career Advancement 
    Surveys consistently suggest that McAfee Institute (M.I.) Board certified professionals earn higher salaries (up to a 30% increase) and gain more opportunities for career advancement.

    Professional Opportunities 
    Certification proves to prospective employers that your expertise is confirmed by McAfee Institute, the leader in intelligence and investigative professional development.

    Proven Professional Achievement 
    Documented evidence of your professional achievement leads to recognition and respect for your abilities as an intelligence and investigative professional.

    Greater Adaptability 
    McAfee Institute Certified professionals demonstrate that they are committed to continuing education, allowing them to adapt more effectively to a rapidly changing technology environment.

    Increased Credibility 
    McAfee Institute Certification credentials increase your standing in the community by attesting to the integrity of your knowledge and skills and the reliability with which you can apply them.

    Employer Confidence 
    McAfee Institute Certifications help employers match skills to job requirements and provides confidence that employees have the right skills for the job.

    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.

    Who attends?

    • Intel
    • Military
    • CounterIntelligence
    • Special Operations
    • Loss Prevention
    • Fraud Investigators
    • Private Investigators
    • Law Enforcement

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    McAfee Institute is approved for the Veterans Education Benefits for our resident 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.

     Steps to Attend

    1. Select the program you want to attend.
    2. Complete the enrollment form here.
    3. You will be notified of your acceptance.
    4. Send in a copy of your eligibility.
    5. Attend the resident based training program.


    • Bachelor’s degree or higher plus four years of experience in e-commerce, fraud, investigations, IT, law enforcement, forensics, criminal justice, law, and loss prevention or
    • Associates degree plus six years of experience or
    • High school diploma or equivalency plus seven years of experience

    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 CSMIE®.  Applicant 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 Social Media Intelligence Expert.


    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 are listed here.


    Welcome to the CSMIE Program

    • Welcome to CSMIE!

    Introduction to Social Media Intelligence

    • Introduction to Social Media Investigations & Intelligence
    • Download Your Course Resources
    • Discussion Assignment: Future of Social Media

    Exploring the Deep Web

    • DarkWeb (Reading Assignment)
    • The Deep Web!
    • Getting Started with TOR (Step by Step)
    • Introducing the TOR Project
    • The Deep Web (Overview)
    • An Exploration 1
    • VPN Services
    • Steps to buy and set up a VPN service to remain anonymous
    • Hidden Wiki 2017
    • Black Market Links 2017
    • Deep Web Drug Markets 2017
    • Hitman and Escrow Dark Web Links 2017
    • Directories and Lists 2017
    • Module 1 Quiz: Intelligence & Investigations Into The Dark Web

    Open Source Intelligence

    • Open Source Intelligence (Reading Assignment)
    • Open Source Intelligence Explored
    • A World of Sock Puppets
    • Criminals: An Inside Look in Dumb Criminals Posting Criminal Acts Online
    • Keep Yourself Protected
    • How to Develop a Digital Case File
    • Module 2 Quiz: Open Source Intelligence

    Cryptocurrency Explored

    • BitCoin and Crypto Currency (Reading Assignment)
    • What is Bitcoin?
    • What is Bitcoin Mining
    • Module 3 Quiz: Exploring Cryptocurrency

    Social Media Intelligence & Investigations

    • Facebook Intelligence & Investigations
    • Twitter Intelligence & Investigations
    • LinkedIn Intelligence & Investigations
    • Instagram Intelligence & Investigations
    • Pintrest Intelligence & Investigations
    • Google+ Intelligence & Investigations
    • Tumblr Intelligence & Investigations
    • Flickr Intelligence & Investigations

    Mobile Apps Intelligence & Investigations

    • Tinder Intelligence & Investigations
    • Skype Intelligence & Investigations
    • SnapChat Intelligence & Investigations
    • KIK Intelligence & Investigations
    • WeChat Intelligence & Investigations
    • Tango Intelligence & Investigations
    • Viber Intelligence & Investigations
    • Yik Yak Intelligence & Investigations
    • LINE Intelligence & Investigations
    • Qzone QQ Intelligence & Investigations

    Social Network Searching & Monitoring

    • How to Utilize HootSuite
    • How to Set Up Tabs & Streams
    • How to Add a Social Network
    • Navigating Your Profile
    • Publishing a Message
    • Start Engaging Your Audience
    • How to Create a Search Stream
    • Monitoring Advanced Streams
    • How to Use Suggestions
    • How to Create an Analytics Report

    Advanced Search Techniques

    • Google Advanced Search (Reading Assignment)
    • Google Search Methods
    • Google Advanced Operators
    • Malicious Cyber Actors Use Advanced Search Techniques
    • Google Subpoena Legal Compliance
    • Google Law Enforcement Guidelines
    • Module 4 Quiz: Advanced Search Techniques

    How Criminal Groups Use Social Media

    • Understanding ISIS (Reading Assignment)
    • An Exploration of ISIS Extremism
    • Network Mapping of ISIS
    • Examination of Terrorism
    • Analyzing the Social Media Footprint of Street Gangs
    • Resources
    • Module 5 Quiz: Criminal Activity Using Social Media

    Legal Fundamentals

    • 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
    • Daubert's 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

    Final Exam for Certification

    • How to Prepare for the Exam
    • Exam Application
    • Final Exam

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