Covert Online Investigation Course

Conducting Covert Investigations on The Internet

Liverpool – Dates TBC

Vestigo Consulting in partnership with Platinum 3P Limited are delighted to offer this unique training and ground-breaking experience.

Undertaking investigations on the Internet is never simple because of the technical footprints and traces that are left by the investigator, leading to a risk that the investigation may be compromised. Add to this challenge a requirement for the investigation to be conducted in a purely covert manner and we are stepping into a very complex environment.

To effectively conduct a covert online investigation, a number of skill sets are required including technical knowledge, social engineering techniques, dynamic decision making and risk management, an understanding of the psychological issues influencing the behaviour online of both the investigator and subject of the investigation and legal and best practice issues.

Course Summary

This is a hands on, practical and immersive course suitable for those who use the internet to conduct covert investigations such as test purchase, online surveillance and other covert online investigations.

The subjects dealt with will enhance the effectiveness of any investigator conducting Internet investigations.

Delegates will grapple with several online exercises increasing in complexity throughout the course with a final interactive exercise designed to test participants online against real people.

The course will be facilitated by experienced former police online undercover officers and trainers, an accomplished business psychologist and a former police senior investigating officer to provide the depth of knowledge and tradecraft required when operating in this challenging area of business.

The facilitators are current practitioners in their fields, ensuring delegates are provided with training based on recent and authentic operational experiences.

Delegates will also build personal confidence in this area of expertise and have an opportunity to identify how they will use new knowledge and skills in the working environment.

Sessions will be approached from an operational perspective, with psychological issues explored to ensure delegates can operate safely whilst maximising investigative opportunities.

This course will be delivered over 5 days

Headline Learning Outcomes – on completion, delegates will be able to:

  • Discuss the technological issues relating to covert online investigations
  • Demonstrate defensible dynamic decision making and risk management
  • Demonstrate evidence capture methodologies which can withstand scrutiny
  • Discuss legal issues and procedural best practice impacting on covert online investigations
  • Demonstrate the development and maintenance of online false personas and supporting background information
  • Demonstrate effective covert online test purchase, surveillance and intelligence gathering tradecraft including social engineering techniques
  • Demonstrate the techniques for operating covertly on the dark web and associated networks effectively
  • Demonstrate the deployment of cryptocurrencies and related technologies
  • Discuss the psychology of operating covertly online
  • Identify and manage potential operational compromise
  • Prepare evidential material for court or tribunal presentation


Investigators are welcome from private and public sector, government organisations and law enforcement.

It is desirable, but not essential, that those attending should have some knowledge or experience of Internet investigation.

Participants should be computer literate, but no technical knowledge is required.

Dates and Venue

This next course will be held in central Liverpool – Dates TBC

Course times are 9am to 5pm, with optional evening sessions.

The venue is our private and well-equipped dedicated cyber investigation training suite, close to Liverpool Lime Street railway station, hotels and discounted carparks.

Computers, software and equipment, Internet access and lunch is provided during the course. Delegates will each receive a certificate of attendance and personal development portfolio.

Course material is provided on an encrypted USB thumb drive for delegates to take away.

For quality purposes, this course is limited to 14 delegates, so early booking is recommended.

The cost of this course including lunch is £1799 + vat per delegate.

Group booking and early bird discounts are available.

Booking on This Course

Demand for this course is expected to be high.

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