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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.

  • Value
  • Vision
  • Mission
  • Awards

Institutional Values

The McAfee Institute places an enormous amount of value on developing leaders within the industry. We challenge thought processes, innovative thinking, strong ethical behavior. We pride ourselves on being able to develop a solid foundation for our students to develop other industry leaders. This, coupled with the industry’s best training, provides our students with the skills, thought process, and leadership skills to elevate their careers to the next level.

Our Vision Statement

Our vision is to revolutionize the way professionals learn around the globe; our mission is to empower our students to transform the industry by leading, developing, and equipping other leaders, and to build meaningful relationships with other professionals around the globe.

Our Mission Statement

To provide quality, relevant, and convenient training to professionals in the investigative industry.

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 & Founder Josh 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)
Ali Thomure Chief Experience Officer (CXO) Ali is our Chief Experience Officer? (CXO). In her role, she is responsible for ensuring our students have a WOW customer experience.
Ali Thomure Chief Experience Officer (CXO)


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 Instructor Senior Faculty and Director of Strategic Communication at USSOCOM
Karla Mastracchio Intelligence Instructor
Derek Kingsbury Intelligence Instructor Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge at United States Army Criminal Investigation Command
Derek Kingsbury Intelligence Instructor
Robert McKone II Law Enforcement Instructor Assistant Vice President | Financial Crimes Group Lead - Truist
Robert McKone II Law Enforcement 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 W Certified 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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