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Introduction Edit

The National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) provides a nationwide support system for agencies involved in the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of economic and high-tech crimes and to support and partner with other appropriate entities in addressing homeland security initiatives, as they relate to economic and high-tech crimes. Through a combination of training and critical support services, they equip state and local law enforcement agencies with skills and resources they need to tackle emerging economic and cybercrime problems. The Center is supported by a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

NWC3 software Edit

After several years of intense research, focus-group events, project planning, and project development, NW3C now offers a uniquely designed Internet Complaint Search and Investigation System (ICSIS),[1] an accessible software solution, accessed via a secure, password-controlled website. This security makes the tool available to any NW3C approved agency with Internet access and eliminates the need for purchasing any new software or hardware product beyond a typical desktop or laptop computer with a common web browser.

ICSIS includes a search feature that can explore multiple data streams simultaneously and utilizes fuzzy logic to improve compilation analysis. Third party analytical tools along with import/export features, (for example, I2 Analyst’s Notebook link charts) are integrated into the application to supply visual trends and crime patterns within cases including mapping, statistical, and timeline functions. Search results and cases can be seamlessly shared among multiple investigators, a user-defined individual or group such as an investigative task force. Users can include comments or assign attributes and categories.

Other features include: notification and/or links to other open investigations, automated notification when a new investigation is opened, a discussion forum, user-driven support, help, feedback, as well as I2 Analyst Notebook ixviewer which allows information obtained through ICSIS to be graphically displayed.

Working in concert with the ICSIS system is the Complaint Management System (CMS), a software development project that sets agency threshold preferences among any collected data set or combination thereof and then refers the received complaint to the responsible agency. In addition to quickly referring complaints according to each agency’s priorities, CMS allows reallocation of human capital for the purpose of improving services to recipient agencies.[2]

References Edit

  1. ICSIS is a tool developed by NW3C for use by its members to work with IC3 data and has not been vetted by the FBI.
  2. A self-guided tutorial is available online at and Help Desk support during normal business hours is available as well.

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