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SEARCH Providing Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Training to Task Forces in Six States this Spring and Summer

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Since creation of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program in 1998, SEARCH  has been a valuable training provider to the network of 61 coordinated task forces across the nation. In this role, SEARCH offers expert, targeted training to the federal, state, and local law enforcement personnel who are dedicated to investigating, prosecuting and developing effective responses to internet crimes against children.

This spring and summer, SEARCH’s Cybercrime and Digital Forensics team is providing ICAC-focused training to task force members in six states: Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, New Mexico, Vermont, and Washington.

Digital Forensics for Prosecutors (DFFP)

2023 Cybercrime and Digital Forensics Year in Review Infographic

SEARCH designed this three-day course specifically for ICAC prosecutors. It equips trainees with the skills to comprehend digital artifacts crucial for establishing elements of a crime. It addresses topics such as fundamental technology concepts, the digital forensics process, hashing, data recovery, and mobile forensics.  In addition, instructors guide hands-on exercises using powerful tools like AXIOM and Cellebrite Reader, ensuring practical expertise. The course covers search and seizure protocols, cloud evidence analysis, preparing forensic examiners for court, and tackling common defenses. Course Flyer

SEARCH offered DFFP in Plantation, FL in April 2–4, and is scheduled to provide it in Baton Rouge, LA, April 30–May 2; in Glen Ellyn, IL, July 23–25; in South Burlington, VT, August 20–22; and in Albuquerque, NM, September 10–12

It is taught by Eric Jollymore and George Vasiliou of SEARCH, along with a representative of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA).

Leveraging Social Media and Open-Source Intelligence (LSMOSI)

SEARCH designed this three-day course to “pull back the veil of mystique of open-source intelligence (OSINT) resources” to arm ICAC investigators, detectives, and forensic examiners with the newest OSINT techniques to enhance their online investigations. It offers the latest tools, tips, and techniques to leverage social websites and apps, as well as other OSINT resources, to keep a law enforcement investigation moving forward.  Attendees learn how to develop an OSINT toolbox to build comprehensive profiles of targets as well as ensure robust evidence collection. Course Flyer

SEARCH is offering LSMOSI in Burlington, VT, May 14–16; in Gainesville, FL, June 25–27; in Aurora, IL, July 9–11; and in Wenatchee, WA, August 6–8.

It is taught by Lauren Wagner and John Trenary of SEARCH.

ICAC Commanders Meeting

Lauren Wagner, Program Manager for SEARCH’s Cybercrime and Digital Forensics team, also provided a status update in both January and April at the 2024 winter and spring ICAC Commanders’ Meetings. This is a regular update SEARCH provides to ICAC training providers, and is also an opportunity for SEARCH to hear about the critical topics and challenges facing ICAC task force investigators throughout the country.

Mrs. Wagner reports that such topics included the rise of artificial intelligence-generated child sexual assault material (Alg CSAM), Facebook moving to end-to-end encryption and how that affects legal process returns, and new solutions to combat the growing sextortion challenge.

“SEARCH relies on such input from the ICAC community to help us keep our training courses up-to-date and reflective of the ongoing and continually changing needs of the ICAC community,” Mrs. Wagner said.

Learn more about SEARCH’s Cybercrime and Digital Forensics training offerings and resources, or request practical operational assistance for questions related to cybercrime investigations or digital forensics. And download our 2023 Cybercrime and Digital Forensics Year in Review Infographic

SEARCH Cybercrime and Digital Forensics Trainers

Our SEARCH Cybercrime and Digital Forensics staff providing support to ICAC task forces this spring are:

Lauren Wagner

Program Manager, Cybercrime and Digital Forensics

Lauren Wagner

Program Manager, Cybercrime and Digital Forensics

John Trenary

Director of Digital Forensics Services

John Trenary

Director of Digital Forensics Services

Eric Jollymore

Digital Evidence Forensic Analyst

Eric Jollymore

Digital Evidence Forensic Analyst

George Vasiliou

George Vasiliou

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