CI240 Intermediate Cyber Investigations: Virtual Currency  (3 Days)

Live Online Training
Tue 06/06/2023 - Thu 06/08/2023
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern

This training is intended for U.S. Criminal Justice Practitioners. Please register using your agency-issued email.

Course Description
This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills they need to investigate crimes involving virtual currency. Instructors explain foundational concepts like the characteristics of money, virtual currency, and cryptocurrency. Blockchain technology, proof of work, and proof of stake are covered and students learn how industry-leading cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin®, Ethereum®, and Monero) work and how they differ from each other. Finally, students learn investigative techniques for tracking and documenting transactions, and best practices for seizing and securing cryptocurrency. Hands-on exercises include: opening a bitcoin wallet, bitcoin transactions, investigating the blockchain, and identifying services using free/open source explorers.

Key concepts covered in this course include:
     • Virtual currency basics
     • Blockchain
     • Cryptocurrencies in detail
     • Investigative techniques
     • Stablecoins
     • Decentralized finance (DeFi)
     • Non-fungible tokens (NFT)


Students who complete this course and pass the post-test are eligible for 1.0 point toward the 3CE and 3CI certifications.

Student Testimonials
"Relying exclusively on skills I learned in this course, I was able to identify the subject's wallet addresses and manually track the individual transactions the subject was conducting with the fraudulently received funds through the blockchain and corroborate text discussions with actual transactions." -New York, New York

"Since the course, I have investigated several cases, mostly cyber-enabled investment fraud cases involving virtual currency but also the hack exploiting a vulnerability within the code (a way to double spend) of a layer one protocol. I have been able to administratively freeze several million dollars worth of various currencies in exchange and arrange for court orders to an equivalent value. The outcomes were only possible because of the training from NW3C. I have since contacted one of the trainers who, despite their busy calendar, has provided consultative support." -George Town, Cayman Islands

Mandatory 100% Participation
To receive a certificate upon completion of this course, the following must be completed:
     • Score of 80% or above on post-test
     • Complete all in-class exercises

NW3C may cancel any class for any reason and without notice. NW3C is not responsible for non-refundable travel accommodations lost or rendered moot as a result of a class cancellation.

Computer Requirements
The hands-on practical exercises are intensive, critical to understanding the material being taught, and required to successfully complete the class. If your computer hardware does not meet the mandatory requirements listed below, your experience in taking the class will be less than ideal and may also impact other students while the instructors take time to troubleshoot hardware and software problems.

Mandatory Operating System Requirements
Operating system. Your computer must be running Microsoft windows 10 or later or macOS v10.12 or later. Make sure your operating system is fully updated prior to class.
Smartphones and tablets are prohibited.
Local administrator access is required. If you do not have administrative rights, you will not be able to successfully complete the class. Prior to class, please check with your IT department to install the required software.
Disconnect your VPN. Disconnect your work virtual private network (VPN). Being connected to the Internet through a VPN can block access to the virtual lab environment.

Mandatory Software Requirements
Citrix Workspace App. Required to access our virtual lab environment and to complete the required hands-on practical exercises.
Google Chrome. The recommended browser to launch our virtual lab environment.
Webex Meetings. Required to enter our live online training environment, Webex Training Center.
Webex Chrome Extension. Required to launch our live online training environment, Webex Training Center, and works hand-in-hand with the Webex Meetings application.

Mandatory Hardware Requirements
Dual monitors. You will need one monitor to join the online classroom, view presentations, see the instructor’s shared screen, and interact with the instructor(s). The second monitor is needed to join and use the virtual lab environment to complete hands-on practical exercises. Not being able to see both interfaces (the online classroom, and virtual lab environment) simultaneously will make it difficult, if not impossible to successfully complete hands-on practical exercises. Large screen monitors, trying to run the two different interfaces split screen, will NOT work. Multiple computers can also work as a substitute to having multiple monitors.
Hard-wired, high-speed Internet connection. A wireless Internet connection may be sufficient, however, a wired connection will improve latency and buffering, and will also provide better connection speeds and stability overall.
Microphone and speakers. This is an interactive, live training class and a microphone is required to interact with the instructor(s), ask questions, give answers, and provide insights to help enhance the overall class experience. We recommend a headset, headphones, or earbuds to eliminate feedback and echo when using your microphone.

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