Dark Web training was a real success

CCL were delighted to host a one-day course on the subject of – ‘Introduction to the Dark Web for Investigators’. This was very well supported by members of law enforcement agencies, who not only participated in the day with their enthusiasm and keenness to find out more; but also brought along their ability to network with their colleagues, bringing a buzz and making the day a real success.

The cyber security industry is facing a critical skills shortage, with a projected shortfall of 1.5 million cyber security workers by 2020, according to a study by (ISC)²

The expert knowledge and experience of the trainers:
Industry respected and renowned practitioner Dr Sergey Ermolovich, (Engineering software programmer, Certified Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator, GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst, Certified Cyber Forensic Professional – European Union, CCFP-EU, (ISC)); gave a comprehensive account of the fundamentals of cryptocurrency and bitcoins origin, journey and future, proof of work concept, and the ways and methods the tor/dark web is used by the criminal fraternity.

Alex Caithness, Principal Analyst and developer (head of R&D) at CCL Group, specialises in mobile devices, reverse engineering, databases, programming and training; has developed many commercially available forensic tools for the forensic analyst sector. He gave an entertaining but grounded account of Internet Protocol (IP) Address, Domain Name System and Peer-to-Peer Networking Protocols.

Learning outcomes and subjects covered:
The enlightened visitors’ realisation of the workings of this mysterious technology, the intricacies of the complex protocols and the methods used to collect evidence, sparked open and frank discussions around these subjects.

Top level subjects covered were:

  • Technology behind the technology
  • Dark side of the Internet
  • Cryptocurrency and Bitcoin
  • Real case – case studies

With Investigators, Incident Responders and Forensic Analysts finding the use of Dark Web and cryptocurrency increasing in criminal investigations, there is a need for more training and awareness to assist and plan throughout the investigations; providing guidance and heightening awareness on potential sources of information.
Some of the challenges of the Dark Web for Law Enforcement Agencies are:

  • Forged documents
  • Murder for hire services
  • Narcotics
  • Indecent pornography
  • Terrorism

This ‘Introduction to the Dark Web for Investigators’ course, equipped delegates with the practical skills and knowledge required to conduct organised and effective Dark Web research and investigations. It examined cyber currencies and Dark Web markets, identifying potential vulnerabilities and challenges. Delegates were better placed to understand information, intelligence and evidence from the hidden and anonymous Dark Web.
We would like to thank all who participated and look forward to the next course. If you require any information regarding investigations on this subject, please contact us on 01789 261 200 or email cclgrouptraining@cclgroupltd.com