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The term ‘cybercrime’ regularly features in the news and shows just how versatile and inventive individual perpetrators and the criminal industry are: phishing, CEO fraud, data theft, unrecognised or obscured money transfers, hacking IT systems in connection with ransom demands and much more. The use of security software, incident management and awareness training are all good countermeasures used by companies.
But what should be done if there is a suspicion that a cybercrime has been committed? Who leads the investigations? Who coordinates the cooperation with other divisions and national law enforcement authorities? Nowadays, experts are needed more than ever before.
The Certified Cybercrime Investigator (CCI) aims to provide participants with the required knowledge and skills to investigate cybercrime attacks. The course consists of various modules covering a wide range of topics and is ideally aligned with practical requirements. It promotes the development of skills through a combination of knowledge and applied learning.
You will learn the methods with which cyber criminals work. You will learn how to secure evidence at the scene of a digital crime and how to investigate in practice. You will experience how to incorporate and coordinate internal departments and national law enforcement authorities in your investigative work.
Once you have completed this certificated course of study, you will have developed an expert level of professionalism as a contact person for internal investigations and as an intermediary between the Compliance, Risk Management, Legal, HR, IT and Communications departments.
The Certified Cybercrime Investigator is designed as a purely online course and can therefore be accessed individually at any time via our online campus.
The Certified Cybercrime Investigator consists of 6 modules and lasts around 10 months. In total, you will need about 90 hours of study. This way, we can make sure that you can optimally combine learning with your professional commitments. You work through the modules sequentially, one after the other. Every module is concluded with an online multiple-choice test and working on a case study.
Onboarding (Module 1)
The learner will firstly be introduced to the course to familiarise himself with the online campus and its provided eLearning tools. Finally the learner will explore basic cybercrime offences and what cybercrime investigation entails.
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Fundamentals of Cybercrime (Module 2)
Cybercrime Investigation (Module 3)
The learner should understand how to approach a "digital" crime scene: How should and can evidence be preserved without putting limitations on the investigation and criminal prosecution process? They will learn how to formulate useful initial hypotheses, which he/they will need for the subsequent investigation. They will be able to determine an appropriate scope for their investigation and define necessary measures and measures to be undertaken in collaboration with internal and external assisting parties. He/she will also learn about different investigative methods which differ from and complement those used in the course of a public prosecutor's investigation.
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Detection and Response – part one (Module 4)
The learner can apply their knowledge of cybercrime and describe key case types from the perspective of the cybercriminal and the investigator.
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Detection and Response – part two (Module 5)
The learner can recognise the key traces left behind by instances of cybercrime and understands which relevant forensic and investigative tools need to be used in order to gather information about and analyse these instances.The learner can apply their basic knowledge to a practical case.
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Legal Prosecution and Judicial Proceedings (Module 6)
The learner will focus on criminal investigations and the prosecution of cybercrime offences. They will also tackle issues that were addressed during their investigative activities (Module 3). This module focuses on considering in what way and at what point public law enforcement authorities can be involved as well as in what way and at what point collaboration with the law enforcement authorities of other countries should be initiated. As cybercrime offences are typical of a global nature, the learner will expand his/her legal and practical knowledge regarding investigative efforts and the prosecution process.
Certified Cybercrime Investigator (CCI) (Frankfurt School of Finance & Management)
The course is ideal for professionals from the areas
Participants must have sufficient command of the English language to complete the online certificated course of study: All content is provided in English and the language of instruction is English. The key requirement is that the applicant must be able to read in English, work together with other course participants from across Europe and prepare a case study analysis in English. Grammatical and spelling errors will not affect the learner's grade.
12 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System)
Total fee, including the exam and the certification: 6,800 Euros
All amounts are exempt from VAT.