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SEARCH Team Offers Specialized Support at 2024 National Law Enforcement Training on Child Exploitation

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SEARCH’s Cybercrime and Digital Forensics team is in Atlanta, Georgia, this week to support the National Law Enforcement Training on Child Exploitation (NLETCE) by providing a slate of 19 specialized lectures and computer labs.

These sessions range from new offerings focused on artificial intelligence and ChatGPT to teaching effective investigative skills using resources like Excel, Windows, Google, and open source intelligence.

The annual NLETCE conference is sponsored by the National Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program and is designed to expand the efforts and knowledge base of law enforcement investigators and prosecutors by providing specialized training that focuses on investigating and prosecuting technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation crimes (TFCSE).

“Since the inception of the ICAC program over 25 years ago, SEARCH has been dedicated to providing specialized training to combat child exploitation,” said Mrs. Lauren Wagner, Program Manager of Cybercrime and Digital Forensics. “As child exploitation crimes evolve, so does SEARCH. Our commitment is to empower law enforcement with the latest skills and knowledge—including cutting-edge training on AI and advanced investigative techniques—to enhance their effectiveness in the digital age and meet these new challenges head-on. This training event further strengthens the capabilities of investigators nationwide, and SEARCH is proud to be a part of such an important conference.”

NLETCE is the latest event that SEARCH’s Cybercrime and Digital Forensics team has supported this spring, following a busy schedule of providing skilled instruction at a wide range of national and regional conferences.

At NLETCE this week?

Stop by the SEARCH booth (space 306) to get a SEARCH ISP list QR code sticker, or to talk about training class opportunities!

From June 11–13, 2024, SEARCH trainers are offering the following training sessions and labs at NLETCE:

June 11

#howdoisearchthat: Leveraging Native Social Media Search Capabilities

Lab: Discover the power of native social media search capabilities in this hands-on computer lab to leverage the full potential of advanced searching features on Facebook, Snapchat, and more. By exploring unique search techniques, trainees learn how to filter out irrelevant content and pinpoint the most valuable data. With practical exercises, trainees develop skills in real-time and gain a deeper understanding of how social media search works.
Trainers: Lauren Wagner, Christopher Dale

Demonstrating Intention: Windows Artifacts in Investigating Curation

Lab: When an individual is producing and organizing a collection, it is important to demonstrate intent and evidence of ownership. This hands-on lab will work through important Windows forensics artifacts to consider when investigating a curator, such as LNKs, Jumps, Destinations, USB, Filename changes.
Trainers: Eric Jollymore, Christopher Dale

Scrolling with Purpose: Mastering the Art of Social Media Searching

Lecture: Everyone understands the importance of leveraging social media searches in investigations, but oftentimes it can be intimidating to know where to start. Gain confidence in leveraging social media searches and discover methods to search popular social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat. With practical examples and tips, learn how to effectively navigate these platforms and uncover valuable information.
Trainer: Lauren Wagner

EXCELerate Your Investigations: Using Excel Effectively (Parts I and II)

Lab: Microsoft Excel is perhaps one of the most underrated forensic and investigative tools. Excel allows users to sort, organize, filter, simplify and format data, convert between time zones, or quickly find information that appears most frequently. Data can be conditionally formatted to highlight the most important information. This hands-on computer lab teaches the tips, tricks and tweaks that will make investigations more efficient and more effective.
Trainers: John Trenary, Christopher Dale

Become a Google Jedi: Building a Better Boolean String

Lab: Mastering the art of Google Boolean and advanced operators enables trainees to learn how to filter search results and uncover relevant information, which saves valuable time and effort. In this hands-on computer lab, trainees learn how to leverage Google’s built-in search tools to extract precise information from social media sites and other sources. With hands-on exercises, trainees develop practical skills and knowledge that will enhance productivity in today’s digital world.
Trainers: Lauren Wagner, Eric Jollymore

Unraveling AI and the Technology That Makes Them Work

Lecture: AI? GAN? Diffusion? GPT? What do all these terms mean? This lecture lays out the foundations and essentials for understanding how popular artificial intelligence (AI) technologies work. AI-aided exploitation investigations are coming. The time to build the knowledge and experience for investigating it is now.
Trainers: Eric Jollymore, Timothy Lott

June 12

AI Generated Media: Understanding “Alg CSAM” and Its Creation

Lab: The emerging threat of Artificial Intelligence-Generated CSAM or “AIg CSAM” is not just a possibility, but it is inevitable, and it will be coming to a jurisdiction near you. This hands-on lab helps trainees jump into the frontlines and learn how open-source tools and techniques are being applied by suspects to generate material and how AI is evolving sextortion cases.
Trainers: Eric Jollymore, Timothy Lott 

Scripting in the Fast Lane: Writing Scripts with ChatGPT

Lecture: Discover how ChatGPT can be a game-changer for forensic scripting. Designed for both novice and experts, this session teaches trainees how to leverage ChatGPT to write code to solve common forensic or investigative challenges. For example, ChatGPT can swiftly generate a script to parse or search a Google mbox file and display the output in a spreadsheet. While ChatGPT doesn’t replace scripting, it can streamline work by providing a starting point to test code and achieve the desired outcome more efficiently.
Trainer: Christopher Dale

Investigating Alg CSAM: Working the Digital Forensics

Lab: Artificial Intelligence-Generated CSAM, known as “AIg CSAM,” is a rapidly evolving landscape. This hands-on lab explores what we know at this moment about some of the digital forensic artifacts currently left behind when someone is using popular AI tools to generate AIg CSAM. Trainees learn where to find the information they can use to start to unravel this new and challenging area of exploitation. 
Trainers: Eric Jollymore, Christopher Dale

Using Google Earth to Plot Geolocation Points, Create Maps, and Visuals (Parts I and II)

Lab: This two-part, hands-on computer lab will demonstrate how to leverage Google Earth to support investigations and create compelling visual aids. Geolocation data, obtained from sources such as cell tower records, EXIF information from photos, and location data from social media, is becoming increasingly important in modern investigations. In this lab, trainees gain practical experience in plotting information on Google Earth and use the functionality it offers.
Trainers: John Trenary, Lauren Wagner, Aaron Sutherland 

June 13

Practical Tools for Data Insights and Analysis

Lab: Gain practical cyber skills to navigate the evolving landscape efficiently. This hands-on lab explores free tools, utilizing optical character recognition and advanced mouse functions for seamless insights extraction. Practical exercises showcase precise zooming and annotations. Easily toggle between scientific and hexadecimal modes for data decoding. Enhance information navigation with a potent indexing and search tool across multiple volumes.
Trainers: John Trenary, Lauren Wagner

I Want It That Way: Data Manipulation and Transformation

Lab: Digital evidence comes in various sizes and formats, from archives and CSVs to JSONs and Zips, ranging from megabytes to gigabytes. This course teaches how to work with both common and obscure formats and convert them into the most suitable format for your needs. With practical exercises, trainees learn how to efficiently manage different file types and sizes to enhance their digital investigation skills.
Trainers: Eric Jollymore, Aaron Sutherland

Digital Detective: Unleashing the Power of OSINT

Lab: In this comprehensive, hands-on lab, trainees discover third-party OSINT resources for searching data on people, places, and things. Trainees will explore people search resources, cell phone and email lookup tools, and third-party resources for social media information; gain practical experience with these tools and expand knowledge in OSINT research; and enhance investigative skills and uncover valuable information.
Trainers: Lauren Wagner, Timothy Lott

What to Expect when You’re Expert-ing: Demystifying Expert Witnessing

Lecture: The State calls the Expert Witness. The prospect of testifying as an expert witness in digital forensics can be intimidating.  This lecture is designed for the new expert to feel more secure and comfortable testifying. Digital artifacts are filled with jargon or acronyms which may overwhelm a non-technical audience; SEARCH will share our examples of how to present technical topics in terms that laymen can understand to effectively prepare and present technical evidence in court.
Trainers: John Trenary, Christopher Dale

Capturing and Preserving Online Videos

Lab: Explore the treasure trove of evidence on social media sites in this hands-on computer lab. Learn how to save valuable data, specifically videos, with free and open-source tools. Discover browser tricks and add-ons to save videos from TikTok and Snapchat, YouTube-dl for other web videos, and VLC for playing and enhancing videos. Enhance investigative capabilities with practical exercises, develop skills in data preservation, and gain a deeper understanding of how to use these tools.
Trainers: Lauren Wagner, Christopher Dale

Audio Overload? Automated Transcription Using Whisper

Lecture: This session introduces trainees to Whisper, OpenAI’s free open-source tool. Trainees learn to transcribe audio files and translate various languages to English, and are guided through setup on both Windows and Mac systems. The tool provides capabilities in transcribing interviews, jail calls, and even keyword-rich movie scripts. Uncover effective search techniques for these transcriptions to streamline workloads, and learn how to leverage these tools and tactics to prioritize crucial aspects of cases.
Trainer: Eric Jollymore

Finding and Using Pre-written Python Scripts

Lab: This hands-on computer lab demystifies Python scripts and makes them accessible to everyone. Trainees learn how to find and use pre-written Python code to address various investigative needs. Discover the basics of Python terminology, how to search for existing scripts, and how to run them for your own investigations. Practical exercises teach how to use Python to refine skills in digital investigations.
Trainers: Lauren Wagner, Eric Jollymore, Christopher Dale

SEARCH Cybercrime and Digital Forensics Trainers

These SEARCH team members are supporting the 2024 National Law Enforcement Training on Child Exploitation this week in Atlanta, Georgia, sponsored by the National ICAC Program:

Timothy Lott

Director of Operations
Director of Cybercrime and Digital Forensics

Timothy Lott

Director of Operations
Director of Cybercrime and Digital Forensics

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

Det. Christopher Dale

Cybercrimes Training Specialist

Det. Christopher Dale

Cybercrimes Training Specialist

Learn More: SEARCH Cybercrime & Digital Forensics Program

  • Questions? Need training? Contact Lauren Wagner, Program Manager, Cybercrime and Digital Forensics

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Stop by the SEARCH booth (space 306) at the 2024 NLETCE this week to get a SEARCH ISP list QR code sticker, or to talk about training class opportunities!
Mrs. Lauren Wagner, Program Manager of SEARCH's Cybercrime and Digital Forensics team, trains attendees at the 2024 NLETCE in Atlanta this week on using Google to search social media.
Det. Christopher Dale, a SEARCH Cybercrimes Training Specialist, leads a training session on writing scripts with ChatGPT at the 2024 NLETCE in Atlanta this week.
Eric Jollymore, a SEARCH Digital Evidence Forensic Analyst, leads a computer lab at the 2024 NLETCE in Atlanta this week, which focuses on a critical area – Understanding artificial intelligence-generated child sexual abuse material.
The SEARCH Cybercrime and Digital Forensics team is proud to be involved in the 2024 National Law Enforcement Training on Child Exploitation and to provide 19 lectures and computer labs to members of Internet Crimes Against Children task forces from across the nation.
SEARCH's training sessions at the 2024 NLETCE are well-attended this week in Atlanta.
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