ODEM Partners with Blockchain Intelligence Group to Provide Cryptocurrency Investigator Course
Cryptocurrency has created an exciting and transformative new way to transact across the globe. It has ushered in a new era of payments, allowing people to conduct transactions directly, without involving a traditional intermediary like a bank. But while cryptocurrency has pushed the payment space forward, there are still bad actors who are using cryptocurrency for illegal activities.
To tackle this problem, we’ve partnered with the Blockchain Intelligence Group (BIG) to develop cryptocurrency experts. BIG provides an in-depth and specialized Cryptocurrency Investigator course for finance, law enforcement and regulatory professionals who seek to bring innovation, security and accountability to their organizations.
The course is taken in five modules, each focused on teaching a specific component of cryptocurrency investigation:
Cryptocurrency Investigator Course
Students can take all five modules together:
Or, they can take the course module by module:
BIG provides cryptocurrency training for investigators by investigators. The curriculum offered through BIG ensures that you’ll understand how to analyze insights from forensic investigation and blockchain transaction risk scores.
The Group brings security and accountability to the new era of cryptocurrency, a time when we are still without clear regulation that defines exactly how cryptocurrencies can be utilized. With this gray area comes people who are willing to blur moral boundaries, using the digital currency to money launder or to purchase illicit goods like drugs or weapons. These may seem like fringe use cases, but they’re prevalent enough to warrant educated cryptocurrency investigators.
As the most popular cryptocurrency, Bitcoin is often at the center of illegal schemes. “The majority of Bitcoin users are law-abiding people motivated by privacy concerns or just curiosity,” said John Bohannon in a 2016 article for ScienceMag. “But Bitcoin’s anonymity is also a powerful tool for financing crime: The virtual money can keep shady transactions secret. The paradox of cryptocurrency is that its associated data create a forensic trail that can suddenly make your entire financial history public information.”
The FBI have leveraged this forensic trail many times, bringing down money launderers globally, and notably tracking suspects via the Bitcoin blockchain in a highly publicized government investigation.
The Cryptocurrency Investigator course also focuses on Bitcoin, providing you with a well-rounded understanding of how it’s used, both legally and illegally. With the five modules, you’ll learn how to solve real life cases using open source tools, which are free and can be accessed using a web browser like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. You’ll discover how to identify links and similarities and profiling and tracking down criminal users. You’ll be able to unmask and identify wallet providers, find IP addresses and explore the dark web for illegal marketplaces. Ultimately, you’ll develop the skills critical to perform forensic analysis, following transactions and creating a valuable money trail leading directly to the source of illegal activity.
Become an Cryptocurrency Investigator today. Following this course, BIG will soon launch a Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator course on the ODEM Marketplace.