*Non-negotiable Prerequisite: SST Basic Digital Threat
Assessment 1 Day Training.

Further preparatory instructions for the Advanced DTA class will be provided in the registration email.

Advanced Digital Threat Assessment Training will build and expand significantly on the content covered during the prerequisite Basic DTA Training. Participants will leave with a concrete understanding of how to find and curate relevant digital information as is typically represented in a real-life digital threat assessment data gathering scenario. Major engagement and hands-on practice will take place as participants are assembled into investigative teams and given a mock real-life scenario.

The final practical assignment will consist of working collaboratively as a team to navigate the realms of the social media world using both familiar and new techniques to produce a digital baseline report using a template. Participants will receive templates and supplied standard operating procedures to leave with confidence in being able to independently establish a threat makers’ digital baseline and produce a comprehensive report.

Advanced DTA Learning Outcomes:


  • Personal vs. Professional vs. Research accounts and policy.
  • Staff Safety: Safeguards to protecting yourself and your personal information.
  • The wealth of information that tech giants keep on users (Google, Facebook).
  • Guidelines to ensure no digital trail is left.

Utilizing the power of search engines and all investigative tools

  • Boolean search operators.
  • Setting up Google Alerts.
  • Cache data.
  • Webpage history.
  • The utility of Firefox and Chrome browser add-ons.

Digging deeper for information online

  • Username tracking.
  • Training your brain to see past the noise and overwhelming amount of social media content and focusing on relevant findings.
  • How to effectively establish a school, individual, and community digital behavioral baseline.
  • Where to start an online search to find as much relevant content as possible in a timely manner before it disappears: e.g. a bomb threat, school lockdown, cyberbullying.

Youth Investigations

  • Using social media to find a missing person (e.g. Snapchat, IP address logs).
  • Introduction to language analysis and strategic interviewing.
  • Dealing with online threat-related behaviors and anonymous threats.
  • Current best practices for teams dealing with sexting and sextortion related incidents as well as guidelines around education and awareness.
  • Law enforcement: “Need to know” regarding preservation and production orders.
  • Exigent circumstances: What are they? What information is provided when you are in a school emergency?

The vast smartphone world

  • Tracking capabilities and data stored.
  • Examining metadata of photographs.
  • Best practices for preservation of evidence/crucial data.
  • Reverse phone number searching.


  • Geolocational specific Twitter searches (GPS coordinate searching): Drawing a geo- fence over your school and monitoring the digital heartbeat of your community.
  • Using 3rd party Twitter websites to find incredibly detailed data about a user.
  • Setting up your own Twitter dashboard: Automating your searches to save yourself time.


  • Privacy implications of the evolving FB platform.
  • Personal vs. Professional Privacy.
  • How to locate publicly available data and dig DEEP.
  • Building sociograms for negative peer groups.

The Online Underground: Evil exists

  • ISIS recruitment: latest trends.
  • Inordinate knowledge: swatting and doxing.
  • Forums: 4chan and Reddit.
  • The basics of the dark and deep web.
  • Identifying young people on the pathway to criminal radicalization.

An accurate level of risk through the threat assessment process cannot be determined without considering the digital behavioral baseline of the threat maker(s). It is imperative to understand the tools and methods available to your threat assessment teams provided in this valuable training.


This training has helped me advance my skills in investigations tremendously.  I will now be able to go above and beyond the general scope of knowledge and solve cases quicker and with stronger evidence now that I know how to look for the blatant information that is right at my fingertips

Megan, School Resource Officer

Megan, School Resource Officer Two Rivers Police Department

I appreciated the thoroughness of the Threat Assessment training.  There were a lot of great details and real-world examples that were brought up.  I appreciated the website tools and that the ones that were chosen were freely available and not from a specific vendor.  Thanks for the training!

Dan Wang, Network Manager

Dan Wang, Network Manager Verona Area School District

As a Deputy with the Sheriff’s Office, I work with runaways.  I found this training very informational as most all my kids use social media platforms to communicate. I hope to put into practice many of the skills I learned to help locate children and return them home.

Tracy Longano, Deputy

Tracy Longano, Deputy Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Even with having knowledge of technology, I still learned new and useful tactics and information with SST!

Demitrius Skrapates, Technology Specialist

Demitrius Skrapates, Technology Specialist Dwight Public Schools

Excellent training! Would recommend it to all of those working in education. Very informative and CAN SAVE LIVES!

Michael Prokop, Assistant Director of Campus Safety

Michael Prokop, Assistant Director of Campus Safety North Central College

These guys hit it out of the park! Great interaction with trainers and top-notch information disseminated!  Thank you again for providing such useful training!

Joy Davis, School Resource Officer

Joy Davis, School Resource Officer City of Edwardsville

Excellent hands-on practice for methods to gather digital information for school-based behavioral threat assessment investigations and inquiries.

Michael Grenda, School Psychologist Supervisor

Michael Grenda, School Psychologist Supervisor LaSalle Putnam Educational Alliance

I have been working in threat assessment with our schools since 2015, and this training has magnified my knowledge in the area of digital research, social media platforms, and the vital aspect of including the social media report for subjects of concern. The presenters had a wealth of information and were able to maintain an interactive and captive message throughout the day. Highly recommend!

Nancy Kelley, Safe Schools Director

Nancy Kelley, Safe Schools Director Collierville Schools

This training definitely hit on some hard but relevant topics.  I left the training with confidence that as a team we will be able to assess digital threats and know when to pass on to law enforcement and how to keep our school community safe in an ever-changing digital world.  I look forward to continuing to learn more as the social media world around me changes every day.

Leigh Coradetti, Multi-Tiered System of Support Coordinator

Leigh Coradetti, Multi-Tiered System of Support Coordinator Kankakee School District #111

This class provided some additional tools to use in any threat assessments that we may complete, and also provided different ways to look at some information that I would not think of normally.

Sarah Stark, Detective

Sarah Stark, Detective Northwestern University

I have participated in two SST training courses and both have been phenomenal. The topics are relevant to everyone working in k-12 and higher education and law enforcement.  The skills I learned are invaluable when it comes to using social media as an investigative tool. The hosts/trainers are knowledgeable, approachable, and eager to help. I recommend SST training and look forward to taking more in the future.

Brittany Floyd, Assistant Director

Brittany Floyd, Assistant Director Eastern Illinois University

The information in this training is way more advanced and prepares you on how to conduct searches you may not have known were possible.  It opened my eyes to how much information/technology is out there that can be used for either good or bad.  The training is definitely worth going through. You will learn a lot and a lot of resources are provided to you.  Definitely recommend.

Terry Trautman, Detective

Terry Trautman, Detective Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

The Advanced Digital Threat Assessment course exceeded my expectations. All aspects of this course were directly applicable to helping me and my team keep our employees and our company safe, Well Done!

Brian Murray, Workplace Violence Prevention Manager

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