*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.

I’ve been with MCPS security for over 12 years and have many other years in other security-related fields and this was the best 8 hours spent at any training that I have ever received. So many topics that we learned today will help us with investigations and putting out fires before they begin. Cannot thank Safer Schools Together enough for all of the amazing and real-life knowledge that they shared. There is no doubt that Safer Schools Together has helped so many students, staff, and families in so many different ways.

Joe Tehaan, Security Assistant Montgomery County

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 Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

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 Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

I thoroughly enjoyed attending this training. I gained immense insight and hope to attend the advanced digital threat assessment training in the near future. I KNOW this is valuable information that everyone in education should have.

Hunter McLeod, Threat Assessment Coordinator North Central Educational Service District

As an SRO I have an added sense of confidence in my abilities to find relevant digital information to address school safety issues after attending SST’s Digital Threat Assessment training. The training provided a solid foundation knowledge that I can continue to build upon.

Monte White Sr., School Resource Officer Hobart Police Department

Every educator, district IT staff & law enforcement personnel should be required to take this course. It contains valuable tools & knowledge needed to research & locate potential threats. Definitely worthwhile.

Cheryl Ann Johnson, Admin Assistant Fort McMurray Public School Division

The training was very informative and relevant. A must have for every Behavioral Threat Assessment Team.

Willie J. Hunt, Director of Safety and Security Kankakee School District 111

Our presenters did an excellent job of providing us with the investigative tools to provide thorough background searches of the online component of threat assessments. About 80% of our threat assessments come in the form of digital threats making this was relevant to where we are right now.

Aaron Boughner, Assistant Principal Powhatan County Public Schools

As a threat assessment professional, digital threat assessment is vital to a complete investigations. With an ever changing landscape, this type of training is crucial to stay up to date.

Ken Nakamura, Threat Assessment Detective Roseville Police Department

The training was was a real eye opener for what is going on in social media platforms.

Mark Brunshweiger, Safety Officer CiTi BOCES

SST offers a variety of helpful tools for anyone in law enforcement or education with a common goal of keeping our youth safe.

Charles Knepper, Youth Detective Orange PD

This training was excellent and should be required for school staff that handle bullying, harassment and DTAs.

Jim Minihan, Chief Emergency Officer Ossining UFSD

This training was excellent! It was up to date and insightful. The presenters were welcoming and friendly.

Gabriel Lomas, Professor Western Connecticut State University/CT School Safety Center

Very Informative Training! Brings to light a lot of different topics that can be overwhelming if you do not make yourself aware of them before an actual high stress event.

Matt Iannucci, Detective Woodbridge Police Department

I recommend SST Online training, it was informative. The trainer took his time to explain each section in a timely manner. I had several takeaways, that I will be using in our district. Can’t wait to take the next course! Thank you!

Tamatha Sycz, Technology Analyst Southington Public Schools

I learned so much from this training, learning how to see if photos are unique or stock was very cool. It was interactive and yet it allowed me to work independently. It is something everyone who works with kids in schools really should attend. Thank you guys for doing what you do!

Katherine Scheibel, School Social Worker Milford Public Schools

This was very valuable training. With 20 years of law enforcement background and seven years serving as Director of School Safety & Security, this training paired with a multi-disciplinary approach is essential for mitigating school threats. The content and instructors were very informative and relative to the current challenges school systems face every day. I am looking forward to the advanced course in this area next month.

Jeffrey Nielsen, Director of Safety & Security Milford Public Schools

This presentation was an eye-opening look into the digital world and how it relates to school violence. Multiple tools to search social media were presented in an effort to identify patterns in student behavior that indicate potential violence. Overall, a very well put together class. Thank you.

Jon Chawgo, Safety Officer Oswego CiTi/BOCES

The SST online training was by far the best online training experience I have had as an educator since the increasing use of the format. Not only were the trainers knowledgeable, they were engaging! They used helpful graphics and live examples to make the information easier to understand and utilize independently. I thought that the 50:7 learning to break ratio was extremely helpful with the online format of this learning experience. Staying engaged and interested for long periods of time on the computer can sometimes become difficult. I thought that allowing for breaks offered an increase in productivity for all. Great presentation all around!

Caitlyn Nunes, School Counsellor Milford Public Schools

Training was very informative. I work as an officer for the CT Capitol Police and even thought this was geared towards students I found it beneficial in trying to evaluate/investigate digital threats directed towards the Capitol complex and/or Legislators.

John Gulino, Director of Safety, Security & Compliance South Orangetown Central School District

As a School Resource Officer in today’s society, students are more virtual and communicating digitally more frequently. To monitor threats against students and staff, being able to know what to look for in the digital world is important. The courses provided by SST allows that monitoring to occur. Thank you for the training you provide.

Ryan Schneider, Milton Police Department

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 trainings and look forward to taking more in the future.

Brittany Floyd, Eastern Illinois University

I feel that SST did a great job with the Digital Threat Assessment® class. The course material was very informative and well presented by the instructors. The information I learned from this class will definitely enable me to perform my investigative duties at a higher level.

Raymond Croze, Clearwater Police Department

The course was presented in a logical, and easy to understand format.   The presenter kept my attention for the entire duration and was very well focused.  I would highly recommend this course for all those involved in student safety!

Nick Georges, Technical Security Coordinator

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