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Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Analysis Justice & Public Safety Division

Intelligence Matters

In the age of big data, the growing field of intelligence analysis can help businesses discover trends to protect themselves and boost organizational efficiency (Story by Evan Duggan, originally published in the 2017 Right Course Magazine published by BIV Media Group)


When Jennifer Johnstone first started out in the 1990s as an intelligence analysis for the Canadian Border Services Agency, the biggest challenge of the job was gathering enough data to build a sound investigation. “That’s on the case anymore,” says Johnstone, principal of JJ Analytics and Consulting and an instructor for the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) intelligence analysis program.

“When I first started, the challenge was finding enough data,” says Johnstone. “You would have a task or a problem to solve, and the real challenge was collecting the information to solve that problem. Now we have so much data it’s overwhelming.”

An estimated 2.5 billion gigabytes of data is generated around the world each day by search engines, social media sites, e-commerce companies and a plethora of other generators. A lot of that data remains available online and could be very harmful if grasped by the wrong hands.

While harnessing and understanding data is an important part of solving crimes and busting fraud schemes that steal identities and drain bank accounts, it’s also useful for organizations proactively looking to gain insights to mitigate risks in their business.

To these ends, the JIBC provides two graduate certificate programs that teach analysts how to sift through billions of bytes of data and convert it into valuable reports that not only help crime busters, but also boost organizational efficiency. read more »