The New Institute for Cybersecurity responds to the needs of law enforcement in the 21st Century

Crime in the 21st Century no longer takes place just in the physical realm, but in the cyberworld as well. We see daily reports and news headlines that speak about cyberattacks on government, businesses, health care, universities and even police agencies. Law enforcement must now become knowledgeable about the growing issues in cybersecurity, and the actors and motivation behind them. Additionally, law enforcement must now utilize cyber-intelligence and social media as a crime-fighting tool.

In response to this ever-increasing need for law enforcement to become more informed on cybersecurity issues, the National Sheriffs’ Association’s Global Center for Public Safety has created the Institute for Cybersecurity.  The Institute will offer a series of training courses that will be tailored to the needs of the line officers, senior staff and executive decision makers, addressing those topics that are relevant today.

Institute for Cybersecurity

The list of courses outlined below represent an initial offering of training available through the NSA’s Global Center for Public Safety’s Institute for Cybersecurity:

  • Introduction to Cybersecurity: This introductory course, designed specifically for law enforcement, will provide line officers, mid-level supervisors and command staff with the information they need to understand the cybersecurity domain and it’s associated terminology. This course has no pre-requisites and prior education in cybersecurity is not required.
  • Social Media for Law Enforcement: This course is designed to assist law enforcement officers in building their capability to use social media to prevent and solve crimes, gather intelligence, strengthen police-community relations, and enhance essential services.
  • Fundamentals of Ransomware: There have been several recent high profile Ransomware incidents reported in the media, outlining attacks on city governments and industry. This course will educate participants on the operating principles of ransomware, implications for law enforcement; and, preventative measures.
  • Understanding Crypto-Currency: Crypto-currency is a virtual monetary system that facilitates the secure, anonymous transfer of value across the internet. Although crypto-currencies are legal, it is the currency of choice used by criminals and terrorists. This course will provide participants with the information they need to understand and make effective decisions when encountering crypto-currency.
  • The Dark Web: This course is designed to assist law enforcement officers in understanding the functionality of the Dark Web and the opportunities it presents to conduct illicit activity. Participants in this course will learn tools and techniques required to navigate the Dark Web to assist them in their assigned duties.
  • Law Enforcement and the Fusion Center: This course will provide participants with a better understanding of the fusion center All Threats / All Crimes / All Hazards approach and how they can leverage fusion center capabilities in furtherance of investigative support, intelligence-led gathering, enhanced situational awareness and decision making.

Certification in Cyber Intelligence for Law Enforcement

The Institute for Cybersecurity will offer a 40-hour certification course in Cyber Intelligence. The course will be designed for the more in-depth study of cyber intelligence analysis including how to develop information into meaningful intelligence which is critical to the planning, intelligence, and investigative activities of a law enforcement agency.  The course is designed to assist law enforcement officers in obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities that they require to further their careers in law enforcement.

The Institute for Cybersecurity, cyber security classes and cyber security certifications have been developed under the direction of Bray Barnes and Leondard Nerbetski for the National Sheriffs’ Association's Global Center for Public Safety. For course pricing and discount opportunities for your organization, please email:

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