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SEARCH Offers Series of Free Webinars for ICAC Investigators


SEARCH’s High-Tech Crime Training Services Program is offering a series of five free webinars on our SEARCH Online Learning Portal (SOLP) beginning Tuesday, Aug. 18 and continuing through Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Each 1-hour webinar features a deep-dive into a specific targeted topic of critical interest to Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigators. The live webinars begin at 1:30PM Eastern/10:30AM Pacific. To participate, investigators can register for an SOLP account and log in. (See shaded box for instructions on registering for an SOLP account.)

SEARCH is recording each webinar, and they will be available on the SOLP for convenient, on-demand use.


#1: Aug. 18 Build a Better Boolean String: Google Searching – Google is everyone’s go-to search engine, but most people aren’t utilizing it to the full capability. Google has built-in tools to search particular websites, exact phrases, and within URLs. This webinar will teach you how to effectively use Google to filter search results to relevant and useable information to search Facebook and TikTok and for specific case law and book passages.
#2: Aug. 25 Who is the MAC?: Mac Address Device Identification and Geolocation – A WiFi access point can be a data source to tell an investigator who showed up and when. This webinar will show you how to interpret router logs to identify specific devices that have been connected to a WiFi access point. In addition, a person’s cell phone innately keeps track of all of the previous connected WiFi networks. Wouldn’t it be useful to match these networks to physical locations? SEARCH will also demonstrate how to take the WiFi access points seen databases from Android and iPhones and plot those using open source SSID and BSSID tracking tools.
#3: Sept. 1 Saving Data from Social Media using Open Source Tools – Social media sites are a treasure-trove of evidence, but saving the data can be challenging. This webinar will demonstrate free, open-source tools that you can use to save data from profiles, videos, and pages.
#4: Sept. 8 Examination of Android OS CSAM Ransomware – Ransomware containing embedded Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) is an increasingly common problem for online child sexual exploitation investigators and examiners. But identifying malware on a device that contains embedded CSAM opens the door for a defense of “the malware did it”. This webinar will present a case study of a limited-scope examination of CSAM ransomware identified on an Android device.
#5: Sept. 15 Tweets, Upvotes, and Friends: Searching Social Media – Social media is a common part of everyday life, so there is little surprise that it has become commonplace to investigations. However, there are capabilities within social media websites that are little-known within the Crimes Against Children community. This webinar will detail how you can use three specific social media searches to enhance the investigation and prosecution of cases. Topics discussed will be using the geocode: search in Twitter to find tweets from a specific latitude and longitude, using site: in Google to search specific social media websites, and using a URL manipulation in Facebook to find mutual friends on a target profile even when the Friends list is set to private.


Any current law enforcement professional may register for a free account to access the SOLP.  To register:

  • Visit SEARCH’s Online Learning Portal
  • Scroll to the login area and click ‘Create new account
  • Complete the required and optional fields, including the ‘City/Town‘ AND ‘Law Enforcement Agency Affiliation‘ fields
    • Click the ‘Law Enforcement Agency Affiliation’ drop down to open the ‘Agency’ and ‘Title’ fields
    • Important: Use your law enforcement *agency email address* to register
    • **Failure to complete these 2 steps will result in your account being rejected and delaying your account creation.
  • SEARCH eLearning staff may follow up to confirm your law enforcement agency affiliation, if needed
  • You will receive an email within 2 business days notifying you when your account is approved

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Karen Lissy

Ms. Karen Lissy is a Justice Information Services Specialist for the Law and Policy Program of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. In this position, she provides assistance to state and local justice and public safety agencies to collect, curate, and use National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) data and computerized criminal history record (CCH/CHRI) information for policy analysis and development.

She also guides justice and related organizations in how to craft and implement laws, policies, practices, and technology applications to effectively collect and use CCH and related justice/public safety data; address legal, policy, and regulatory issues associated with CCH data; better manage and operate criminal justice information and identification systems; and develop security and privacy policies that protect justice information sharing systems.

Ms. Lissy has nearly two decades of research and data analysis experience, having led projects and tasks in support of two agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Institute of Justice), as well as the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, and multiple foundations, including Ford, Annie E. Casey, and Hewlett. Prior to joining SEARCH in October 2020, Ms. Lissy served as a Social Science Researcher at RTI International, as a regional Crime Analyst for the Redmond (WA) Police Department, and as Director of a research program with the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. Beginning in 2012, Ms. Lissy’s work has focused on improving data in law enforcement to answer policy questions and improve community/police relations.

Ms. Lissy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.