Jon Blake Platinum 3P

Jon Blake, Director of Cyber & Intelligence with Platinum 3P


Carol Brooks Platinum 3P

Carol Brooks, Managing Director – Platinum 3P Limited


Any investigator who undertakes or supports investigations where computers networks, phones or other digital technology may feature, as well as those who wish to ‘future proof’ their current investigative practices.

The programme is also suitable for those who manage and direct cyber specialists involved in investigations.

It is recommended that those attending this programme have some prior knowledge of or training in open source internet investigations.

Whilst there are certifications in digital forensics, and others in investigations, this practical programme brings the two together and covers the technicalities of cyber investigation from an investigative perspective.

These qualifications will enable learners to practically understand the principles of investigations in the digital world, deal with technical issues effectively and understand forensic principles as they apply to digital evidence.

Learners will also learn new skills in relation presenting digital material in evidence in a manner that can withstand scrutiny and preserves evidential integrity. They will explore complex areas of remote cloud computer systems, e-discovery technology, wi-fi investigation and Linux and Mac operating systems.

With this qualification, learners will be able to:

  • Undertake the role of Cyber First Responder
  • Identify the types and styles of Cyber criminality
  • Plan and conduct a Cyber-led overt and covert investigations
  • Identify, secure, preserve and acquire digital evidence safely and with integrity
  • resent Cyber evidence to a court or tribunal.

There are two qualifications offered.

Part 1 is a BTEC Level 5 Professional Award in Cyber Investigations, accredited by the examining body Edexcel. This qualification consists of some pre-course work, 4-days face-to-face training and a post-course written assessment.

Those who undertake the Professional Award in Cyber Investigations and successfully complete the assessment can upgrade to Part 2 to become a BTEC Level 5 Certified Cyber Investigator (CCI).

This Certificate is accredited by the examining body Edexcel. In order to become a CCI, learners must undertake a further 3-days’ face-to-face training, some pre-course work and a post-course written assessment.

The key topics also include:

  • Adopting an investigative mindset; behavioural traits required of an internet investigator
  • Decision-making – types of decisions the internet investigator might need to make as part of an investigation
  • Bias and short-cuts in decision-making; the potential impact on the outcome of an investigation
    • Representativeness heuristic (short-cut)
    • Availability heuristic (short-cut)
    • Confirmation bias
    • Anchoring bias
    • Framing bias
    • Dunning-Kruger effect
    • Barnum effect
    • Groupthink
  • Human information processing – limitations and error
  • Managing organisational risk

The programme is delivered by technical subject experts who are also investigators.

Learners are engaged in extensive discussion to encourage them to develop their knowledge and understanding of securing digital evidence during a cyber investigation. The programme will utilise case studies, lectures, audio-visual aids, role play, group participation and discussion.

Learners will be encouraged to work individually, in pairs and in groups to allow them to compare ideas, share knowledge and understanding that will assist in their development. The qualification will have suggested pre-course and post-course study to assist the delegate with the post-course assessments.

Learners are expected to research and investigate the information contained within the resources to enable them to gain an appreciation of the complexity of the subject as a prerequisite to undertaking the post-course assessment.
Tutors will be available to assist Learners remotely when undertaking pre- and post-course work.

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