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When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.   ~ Sherlock Holmes

About Us

We are a team of digital forensics specialists dedicated to helping businesses, law enforcement, and individuals understand and investigate cyber crime. We love solving puzzles, teaching, and asking questions – which is why "5W" is part of our company's name.


Our team includes certified specialists, researchers, and experienced digital investigators, led by our cofounder Professor Ali Hadi, Ph.D.


We offer practical, interactive, skill-based digital forensics training that is accessible and affordable. We are also available for consulting, speaking engagements, and on-site training.


Courses are offered both online and on-site, in leveled modules.


Courses are designed for self-paced, on demand learning, at your convenience.


Our mission is to share our knowledge and expertise, teaching the skills, tools and best-practices needed to investigate cyber crime, bring criminals to justice, and make the world a safer place.

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Professor Ali Hadi, Ph.D

Cofounder | Consultant | Author | Speaker

Professor Ali Hadi, Ph.D, Cofounder of Cyber 5W, is a digital forensics and cyber security specialist who has consulted with and delivered training to law enforcement, banks, and businesses, in addition to being a frequent guest speaker and lecturer at the industry conferences and events around the world.

He is also a published author, researcher, and professor teaching Computer & Digital Forensics and Computer Networking & Cyber Security at Champlain College in Burlington, VT, USA.

Professor Ali Hadi is an avid Sherlock Holmes fan who loves to solve puzzles, enjoys challenging and engaging his students, and believes deeply in helping to make the world a better place.

"Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons,with the greatest for the last"
– Sherlock Holmes

Our online curriculum has been curated into three tracks, each housing a library of 10-20 leveled course modules. Courses are designed to help students learn the skills needed to investigate digital crimes, uncover, preserve, and analyze evidence, and track threat actors.

We use proven teaching methods, interactive challenges, and skill-based learning that are user friendly and engaging. Quizzes and assignments are included with solutions provided–allowing students to check their work. There is no time limit; students can study and progress at their own pace.

Students may choose what they want to learn without having to purchase an entire course or track. This is helpful for students who are only interested in one particular skill set. We are also available to students looking for guidance or recommendations on where to start and what path to take.

All of our training uses relevant, research-based content, current investigative tools, best practices, and case studies. We know that cyber crime adapts and evolves – always looking for the weakest link. We will continue to expand and adapt our curriculum to meet the needs of our students.


Services & Products

Online Academy

Self-paced learning.

On-Site Workshops

Custom group training at your location.


DFIR guidance and investigation.


Podcasts and online workshops.

Speaking Engagements

Keynotes and event presentations.
adversary simulation

Adversary Simulation

More information can be found here.

More Information

For more information on workshops, consulting, webinars and or speaking engagements, please contact us directly.


Our Experience

We have extensive experience working on both simple and complex cases. Our team is known for its expertise, resourcefulness, and innovation.

Our Research

Our methods are research-based, tested, and updated regularly. We love thinking about what's next and work diligently to stay one step ahead.

Our Protocols

We understand the importance of preserving evidence, protecting the chain of custody, and following best-practices when investigating, analyzing, and reporting findings for a case.

Our People

Our team is highly-skilled, dedicated, and passionate about what we do. We are also approachable, personable, and easy to talk to.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • You can pay online using either Stripe or PayPal.

  • You can browse through our course catalog on our academy’s website.

  • Once you finish paying you will be redirected to the course you paid for. You will receive a link in the email that takes you directly to your course. Also, you can at any time login to the site again and go to the Online training link to access the course.

  • You’ll have access for the lifetime of the course material and guaranteed access for AT LEAST one year after you enroll. The only exception is our site-pass, it is valid for one year.

  • Every course has a description to help you understand what is covered, the goals and what will you learn at the end of the course. This should help you determine whether what this course covers is something you want to learn or not. In addition, we provide a course map that shows the recommended path to be followed. However, our team is always there to help, please send us an email with your inquiry.

  • Yes, once you complete a course, you will receive a certificate for that course. However, some certifications require completing the course assignments and taking an exam.

  • Yes, sure you can. Our tests are made to help you assess your understanding of what you learned.

  • Any device with an Internet connection is all you need to read and interact with our online platform. But the requirements for doing the hands-on work can be found on each course’s page, this includes the tools used. Our courses were created to be doable offline using your preferred computer/laptop/workstation/etc with minimum requirements. A system with a latest Intel/AMD CPU, 8 GB of RAM, 500 GB of disk space, and an Internet connection should be sufficient to work through our labs. Please check each course page for further details.

  • Yes, you can find help on our discussion forums available for each track that are available for you to ask questions and seek assistance.

  • Each cource has its own time requirement for completion and since it is self-paced, this will be different from one student to another. However, we recommend you assign a minimum of 8 hours.

  • Yes, you receive a discount of 25% off any of our courses. Please make sure to register with your LE account and then contact us for futher details.

  • Yes, you receive a discount of 25% off any of our courses. Please make sure to register with your college or university account and then contact us for futher details.

Contact Us

If you have questions, need more information, or would like to collaborate, please use the link below to send us a message. We will respond to you promptly.

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