“Investigation” is no longer a job, it is a skilled profession. FOI’s December 2020 Professional Skills Seminar participants will gain access to valuable resources that will expand their investigative, security and professional skills. Opportunities will be provided for networking with peers and potential business associates. Instructors and vendors will provide access to the latest services, tools, and technology to advance attendees’ careers and potential income. 2020 has been a unique and tough year and it is time to “Get Back to Business!”.
Seminar attendees have the opportunity to acquire up to ten (10) nationally-recognized CEUs and 10 Texas CEs (DPS School Lic. Y00235), and recertification hours approved by a number of States’ licensing authorities. All attendees will be provided with documentation and a conference completion Certificate. This Seminar will also provide 10 hours toward the completion of the Board Certified Investigative Professional (BCIP) charter class.
At this amazing event you will join and network with private investigators, law enforcement officers, attorneys, forensic specialists and and other persons allied to the investigative, security and law enforcement professions. Attendees will have hands-on exposure to critical Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and cutting-edge tactics, techniques, sources, products and services. Our goal is to enhance your professional standing and skills.
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DECEMBER 2020 SEMINAR AGENDAThat's not all, more details on the schedule page
FOI MOVIE NIGHT SEMINAR and Q&A
NETWORKING – WELCOME RECEPTION and FREE OPEN BAR
Instructor: Allen L. Stidger, Esq.
Moderator: Steven “Cousin Steve” Rambam
In 1992 the movie “My Cousin Vinny” was released to the public and immediately became a smash hit, especially among law enforcement, investigative and legal professionals.
IMDB describes”My Cousin Vinny” as “…two New Yorkers accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college call in the help of one of their cousins, a loudmouth lawyer with no trial experience…”, but this movie is more than a lightweight comedy or crime flick. “My Cousin Vinny” contains numerous, important direct and indirect lessons and warnings for the investigative professional, as will be detailed by the perfect host for this “FOI Movie Night” event: Texas Attorney and Texas Private Investigator and retired FBI Special Agent Allen L. Stidger.
Open bar for all registered attendees and instructors (tickets provided). Spouses / SOs and related accompanied “yutes” of appropriate age are also welcome. (Due to anticipated per-person movie licensing costs, admission restricted to the aforementioned only.)
This a networking and welcome reception provided by FOI for Seminar Attendees and Instructors at no charge.
A full buffet breakfast will be provided in the hotel restaurant.
Attendees must register and obtain event credentials beforehand.
Structure and Exploitation of the Internet
Understanding the basic structure and operation of the Internet is an essential requirement for a successful investigative professional. Tracing websites and email to physical locations, finding hidden webpages and data, understanding and exploiting subdomains, and running “dorks” that obtain files and documents not indexed or easily obtained by search engines are methods that will assist with closing today’s cases.
Understanding e-mail and being able to track an email to a recipient, to forwarded recipients and even to physical locations through headers and “trap emails” (and preventing those exploits from being used against an Investigator) are also critical skills for every investigative and security professional.
During this Critical Cyberskills training, attendees will be introduced to sources and methods for tracing websites and their operators and tracking e-mail to a point of origin. Attendees will also be introduced to easily understood methods to mask their location while online and to defeat typical methods of tracing their emails.
TOR, VPNs, DNS, IP addresses, MAC addresses and the basic structure of the Internet and connected hardware are more and more, must-understand technologies for even “gumshoe” field investigators. This seminar will provide a non-tech, fully de-mystified understanding of these tools and technologies.
Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies facilitate online drug and weapon purchases, pedophilia and the purchase of criminally-obtained personal and financial information and also figure in constantly increasing numbers of ransom and money laundering (asset location) investigations. Time permitting, crypto-currencies, blockchain and “What The Heck Is A Hash” will be discussed and de-mystified.
Upon completion of this course, attendees can reasonably expect to be able to implement the technologies and methods reviewed. This will be a live (“Group-Live”), hands-on seminar. Attendees are encouraged to provideactive files and subject / target information for processing in-advance of the seminar.
This portion of the Seminar is not open to the general public; law enforcement, Investigative and Security professionals and members of allied professions only. Admission is at the sole discretion of the event coordinators and the presenters. Attendees must have fully registered prior to entry to the event. Please contact FOI with any questions regarding attendance.
A full buffet lunch will be provided in the hotel restaurant; attendees must have registered and obtained credentials beforehand.
Instructor: Donna K. Hatch
Attendees of this training can be expected to learn general operational details and functionality of typical equipment, when to use certain equipment, how to talk to a client or victim regarding TSCM “bugsweep” expectations, when TSCM is recommended and, most important, how to gather information for effectively and professionally tasking and pricing a TSCM assignment.
Although extensive training and constant refresher courses are needed to legitimately operate as a TSCM technician, attendees of this event should be expected to learn (and be able to describe):
- What is TSCM (fact vs. fiction), including what can actually be detected;
- How to determine a legitimate TSCM company (vs. someone why purchases a $200 device on Ebay or Amazon
- How to discuss a possible TSCM assignment with a client (and ethical intake of a possible “tinfoil hat” assignment); what a client can expect from a TSCM “sweep”; how to task and price a TSCM assignment for a client; the final report to the client
Representative TSCM equipment will be shown for attendees and hands-on experience will be provided.
Instructor: Sabino Martinez, Jr.
This training, presented by a genuine Subject Matter Expert (SME) who has decades of experience as both a law enforcement and a private Investigative Professional and as a Polygraph Examiner, is designed to demystify the polygraph process and provide the attendee with sufficient familiarization to task and understand a polygraph exam, especially when used in support of investigative activity.
Topics covered will include:
- Use of polygraph as an investigative tool;
- Technical and legal considerations;
- Case studies