Professional Certified Investigator (PCI)

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I continue my coverage of ASIS certifications here, with the last of three (the last two newsletters covered the Physical Security Professional, or PSP credential, and the Certified Protection Professional, or CPP). This organization was once known as the American Society for Industrial Security, and is now called ASIS International—I examine their professional certified investigator or PCI certification in this newsletter.


PCI certification focuses on professionals who conduct investigations of alleged computer crimes. The PCI is a new credential for ASIS International, and the first exam won’t go live until September 15-18, 2003 at the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits. As with other ASIS International programs, individuals must not only pass an exam, but also meet other experience and background requirements as well. The requirements for this exam cover the following topics:



  • Case Management: Covers ongoing case evaluation for potential ethical conflicts, needs analysis and strategy formulation based on reviewing options, and implementing strategies based on available investigative resources and addressing case objectives.

  • Evidence collection: this covers various types of evidence gathering techniques, including conducting surveillance through various means, conducting interview or interrogations of subjects, collecting and preserving objects and data for future examination and analysis, and conducting research through physical and electronic means, and analyzing data to produce relevant information or testimony.

  • Case Presentation: this preparing reports to document investigative findings, and preparing and presenting testimony based on case files, meeting with counsel, and presenting relevant facts and evidence.


To be eligible for certification as a CPP, individuals must do more than pass a demanding examination. Additional requirements also include:



  • 9years of investigations experience, with at least 3 years in case management; or 7 years experience, 3 years of which have been in case management, with a Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) from an accredited institution

  • A clean criminal record that will not “negatively reflect on the security profession, ASIS International, or the Certified Protection Professional Certification Program.”


In short, this is a senior-level investigative information security certification with a decided emphasis on computer forensics, case management, and case presentation. Those who wish to work the investigative side of security would do very well indeed to obtain this credential, provided they can meet its fairly demanding requirements. Visit for more information.



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