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Founded in 2010, the McAfee Institute is a professional certification and training organization focused on intelligence and investigative sectors. It’s certification and training programs now reach tens of thousands of intelligence and investigative professionals around the world.

  • North Star
  • Value
  • Vision
  • Mission
  • Legacy
  • Awards

Our North Star

"To be the global standard in professional training and certification for intelligence, investigations, and law enforcement, transforming individuals into leaders who enact change, safeguard communities, and embody justice."

Institutional Values

"At the heart of our organization lies a deep commitment to empowerment, as we believe in equipping professionals to be courageous change-makers in their fields. This is closely tied to our value of compassionate leadership, where we aim to mold empathetic leaders capable of transforming lives and communities. Justice and safety are foundational to our work, guiding us in our mission to contribute to the creation of safer, more just societies. Excellence in training is a cornerstone, driving us to offer unparalleled quality in our training and certification programs. Ethical responsibility is a non-negotiable standard we uphold, ensuring that our actions and teachings are aligned with the highest ethical and social responsibilities. Lastly, innovation fuels our continuous quest to improve and set new benchmarks in professional training."

Our Vision Statement

"Our vision is to be the global standard in professional training and certification for intelligence, investigations, and law enforcement. We aim to transform individuals into leaders who enact change, safeguard communities, and embody justice. We strive to leave a legacy of safer, more just communities, populated by highly trained, empathetic professionals. Our ultimate ambition is for our methodologies and certifications to become the gold standard worldwide, inspiring and empowering individuals to transform their own lives and the world around them."

Our Mission Statement

"Our mission is to catalyze meaningful change by empowering professionals through specialized training and certification in intelligence, investigations, and law enforcement. We equip them with unparalleled skills and mold them into compassionate leaders who have the power to transform lives and communities."

Our Legacy

"We strive to leave a legacy of safer, more just communities under the stewardship of highly trained, empathetic professionals. We envision a future where our alumni distinguish themselves not only by technical prowess but also by their commitment to ethical leadership and social responsibility. We aim to be remembered as a catalyst for positive change."

Awards & Recognition

McAfee Institute is the #1 Training Provider on NICCS (DHS). The company was one of the Nations Best & Brightest Companies to Work for in 2021,  101 Chicago’s Best & Brightest companies to work for in 2014. On the list of Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies, McAfee Institute was ranked 34th overall – 1st in education and 1st in Illinois – in the year 2013 and was ranked 213th overall, 5th in education, and 10th in Illinois in the year 2014.


The McAfee Institute team are some of the most passionate, caring and helpful professionals within the law enforcement, intelligence and investigative sectors.

  • Our Leadership
Joshua McAfee CEO & FounderJosh has over 20 years of law enforcement, investigation and interrogation experience. He serves as our CEO & Founder.
Joshua McAfee CEO & Founder
Nicole McAfee Chief Academic Officer (CAO)Nicole has over 15 years of law and academic experience. She serves as our Chief Academic Officer.
Nicole McAfee Chief Academic Officer (CAO)
Dr. Terry Farris VP of Certification & Training

Terry serves as our VP of Certification & Training. As an accomplished educational professional with over 20 years of experience in academia and operations, he has developed a multifaceted skillset that spans across various disciplines and functions. Whether serving as an administrator, faculty member, or operations manager, he has consistently demonstrated the ability to provide effective leadership and drive best practices in management.

Dr. Terry Farris VP of Certification & Training
Mitch Hampton Director of MarketingMitch serves as our Director of Marketing. He is a result driven marketing leader with a passion for innovation and creating compelling brand experiences.
Mitch Hampton Director of Marketing


McAfee Institute's adjunct instructors are leaders in the intelligence and investigative sectors. They are full-time active professionals within the law enforcement and intelligence industry helping to develop and teach our programs. 

  • Our Adjunct Instructors
Karla Mastracchio Intelligence InstructorSenior Faculty and Director of Strategic Communication at USSOCOM
Karla Mastracchio Intelligence Instructor
Derek Kingsbury Intelligence InstructorAssistant Special Agent-in-Charge at United States Army Criminal Investigation Command
Derek Kingsbury Intelligence Instructor
Robert McKone II Law Enforcement InstructorAssistant Vice President | Financial Crimes Group Lead - Truist
Robert McKone II Law Enforcement Instructor
Tyra Valeriano Investigations InstructorMaster of Science in Criminal Justice | Patrol Sergeant & Instructor
Tyra Valeriano Investigations Instructor
Dr. Jeff Fox INVESTIGATIONS INSTRUCTORProgram Coordinator and Assistant Professor at United States Department of Homeland Security
Johnny Moseley Investigations InstructorResident Agent in Charge At Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
Johnny Moseley Investigations Instructor

I found this course to be very professional, informative, and focused. The CECI certification program will elevate your knowledge in multiple areas of cybercrime. I have been through a few certification programs for data forensics (computers, cellphones, data storage devices) from accredited institutions. This program was just as good, in some cases, better. The reference material is something I have used since I first access it. It is easy to use, easy to resource, and easy to digest. The online format was convenient but was not lacking in information or content. I will continue to resource the McAfee Institute for tradecraft and technical development. Great course!

Brian P.Certified Expert in Cyber Investigations (CECI)

My overall experience so far has been great, the lessons are very simple to follow along and easy to understand, hopefully I'll finish the course in a very short time.

Wilfredo T.Certified Expert in Cyber Investigations (CECI)
I'm impressed with the overall teaching in this class. It's very informative and I'm glad I joined the Mcafee Institute family. I wish I had learned about this a long time ago.
Robert WCertified Expert in Cyber Investigations (CECI)
Learning something totally new is always a challenge! I feel incredibly lucky to have such an opportunity to study in McAfee Institute, since Cyber Security Investigation field is on the bleeding edge and professionals are always in high demand! The course material is excellent! Thank you!
ALEH B.Certified Expert in Cyber Investigations (CECI)


By working with McAfee Institute you can reach your goals in no-time. You will master your new intelligence and investigative skills like a pro!
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