Justice Information Sharing

NDCAC Resources for Law Enforcement in the Digital Age

The NDCAC is a national center established under the Department of Justice designed to help facilitate technical knowledge management, to foster the sharing of solutions and know-how among law enforcement agencies. Their mission is to strengthen law enforcement's relationships with the communications industry, leverage/share the collective technical knowledge and resources of the law enforcement community, and address challenges posed to law enforcement by advanced communications services and technologies. This one-hour webinar will introduce you to the many resources available through the NDCAC to include technical solutions, training, investigative tools (social media search warrant parsers and open-source searches), and analytics.

This webinar is live only and will not be available on-demand

Presented by:
Christopher Tucker, Special Agent, Homeland Security Investigations

Virtual Kidnapping: Unraveling the Tactics of this Scam

In 2024, one of the first cybercrime cases to make the news involved the virtual kidnapping of a Chinese student in the United States. Using this incident as a case study, this webinar critically examines the case and identifies how this new case compares to past virtual kidnapping incidents in the United States. Special attention is paid to the tactics, tools, targets, and modus operandi of virtual kidnappers who target U.S. victims.

Presented by:
Marie-Helen Maras, Full Professor and Director, Center for Cybercrime Studies, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Jana Arsovska, Associate Professor of Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Research Associate, Center for Cybercrime Studies
Major George Perera, Commander Miami-Dade Police Departments Strategic Innovation and High Technology Crimes Bureau

FC204 Combating Transnational Crime & Terrorism Financing

An effective financial investigation can disrupt terrorism organizations and interrupt, deter, or even stop operational terrorism activities before they can begin. In this three-day course, students develop an understanding of how financial systems are used to support terrorism activities and transnational criminal organizations. Students will work with tools and methods to investigate the manipulation of financial, communication, and business systems used for illicit purposes. Students will learn how to work with suspicious activity reports, crucial financial records such as Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT) messaging, and records used in banking and money services businesses. They will also learn how to gather information and evidence on other means of value transfer methods associated with money laundering, the black-market peso and forms of trade-based money laundering, hawala, and other alternate remittance systems, and virtual assets (cryptocurrency).

IA300 Advanced Criminal Intelligence: Tradecraft and Analysis

This three-day course is dedicated to studying the fundamentals of quantitative and qualitative data analysis and how to formulate arguments in support of criminal investigations and intelligence. Students will learn about data management techniques and a disciplined process to clean and standardize data in preparation for analysis. The course will also explore several common investigative objectives, including the discovery of associations between people and entities, the correlation between unlawful activity and suspects, behavioral affinities, and predictions. The course will introduce the Enterprise Theory of Crime and how to use network analysis to formulate conclusions about the structure of criminal organizations, their players and roles, the identification of facilitators, charting of financial arrangements, and connections to unlawful activity. The course enables the production of valuable, accurate, and efficient logical inferences produced by collecting data related to unlawful activity.

FC203 Financial Investigations: Beyond the Basics

This three-day course covers the fundamentals of financial investigations and incorporates some of the more advanced processes that elevate an investigation. During this course, students will learn about investigative processes, practical tools, and sources of information necessary to plan and conduct financial investigations. The course begins with a description of the basic composition of elements within illicit financial networks and how they work to compromise legitimate business and financial sectors. Course material will describe government, regulatory, and investigative actions within the United States, and by international partners to detect and investigate illicit actors and networks. The course also includes considerations for investigation planning and promotion of creative thinking.

IA105 Intelligence Writing and Briefing

This course covers basic intelligence writing and briefing principles as well as methods for effective and clear intelligence sharing. Topics covered include creative and critical thinking, critical reading skills, source evaluation, privacy and civil rights, intelligence writing style and structure, and generating and presenting intelligence briefings. With guidance from experienced experts, students gain hands-on experience by working through data sets based on real cases to produce intelligence products. Instructors and peers provide feedback on briefings and reports produced and presented in class.

*Foundational skills. Creative thinking. Critical thinking. Critical reading.
*Information sources. Identify sources of intelligence information. Evaluate sources for validity and reliability.
*Analytical reports. Develop a structured and actionable analytical report based on a data set given in class.
*Privacy considerations. Ensure protection of privacy and civil rights while producing intelligence products.
*Briefings. Construct and deliver an intelligence briefing based on a data set given in class.

IA207 Intermediate Analytic Tradecraft and Skills - Academy Version

This course addresses key objectives focused on training intelligence analysts working at or towards the intermediate-level (practitioner and/or experienced analyst). This course expands upon core analytic fundamentals covered in NW3C's FIAT, ISIA, and IWAB offerings. The course begins with an in-depth case study to illustrate the complexities and challenges of a major case scenario for intelligence analysts. The course then examines key concepts related to analytic thinking, cognitive biases, structured analytic techniques, and effective time and project management. Finally, the course concludes with a section on addressing analytic uncertainty in intelligence writing. With guidance from experienced experts, students gain hands-on experience in the course with a complex practical case scenario that will challenge students on both days of the course. NW3C's IATS-Academy Version also includes a 3.5 hour education and training block on critical reading skills.

Key concepts covered in this course include:
*Identifying cognitive biases
*Structured analytic techniques
*Project and time management
*Conveying uncertainty in intelligence writing

FC102 Tools and Techniques for Financial Investigations

This course provides an overview of the actions investigators can take at the outset of a financial crime investigation. Students learn to ask critical questions, gather documentation, and analyze information for leads. Topics include obtaining and working with financial records, red flags in financial cases, money laundering, investigative strategies for different types of financial crimes, and commingled funds.

Expanding Your Arsenal with Malware Analysis

Expand your DFIR skills by diving into the world of malware analysis. In this webinar, you will learn essential techniques and strategies for incorporating malware analysis into your skillset, enabling you to effectively identify, analyze, and mitigate malicious software threats. By participating, you will acquire hands-on experience, along with the knowledge and tools essential for fortifying your defense against malware attacks. By participating, you will acquire hands-on experience, along with the knowledge and tools essential for fortifying your defense against malware attacks.

Presented by:
Ali Hadi, Research Director, Champlain College
Marium Khader, Assistant Professor, Champlain College

FC110 Financial Crimes Against Seniors

This course promotes a multi-agency approach to the problem of financial exploitation of senior citizens. Bringing together law enforcement personnel and adult protective services investigators, the course enhances students investigative skills and interviewing techniques while facilitating networking and cooperation that can extend out of the classroom and into real cases. Topics include recognizing elder abuse, working with victims, identifying perpetrators, and resources for investigation and community awareness. Students work together to conduct a mock investigation into a hypothetical case.

*Financial investigation basics. What constitutes elder abuse? Family and trusted persons as perpetrators. Statutes and sentencing enhancements.
*Senior victims. Reasons for vulnerability. Special needs like Alzheimers or dementia.
*Resources. Community awareness and investigative resources.
*Hands-on experience. Work a case as part of an investigative team.