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The Beacom College of Computer & Cyber Sciences, Dakota State University

PhD Candidate, Cyber Defense

  • Advisor: Ashley Podhradsky, DSc.
  • Dissertation Title: Thwarting the Illicit Underground Economy of Counterfeit Identification Documents Using an OSINT Dark Web Investigative Framework (OSINT DWIF).
  • Dissertation proposal successfully defended on December 2, 2020.


Peer-Reviewed Publications

Peer-Reviewed Conference Abstracts and Posters

  • Siobahn Day Grady, Francisca Afua Opoku-Boateng, Latasha Reid-Daniels, Natalie Tucker, Lilian Muriungi, "STEM-It-Yourself: Exposing rural adolescents' to STEM through online learning" to appear in RESPECT (2021) Conference Proceedings.  
  • Opoku-Boateng, Francisca., and Podhradsky A. WiCyS (2019), Pittsburgh, PA. Investigating the Dark and Deep Web Crimes. An examination of tracing the Identities of anonymous suspects.
  • Opoku-Boateng, Francisca, and Podhradsky A. NRT Event (2019), Rapid City, SD Investigating the Dark and Deep Web Crimes. An examination of tracing the Identities of anonymous suspects.
  • Opoku-Boateng, Francisca, and Podhradsky A. CLEAR Conference (2019), Sioux Falls, SD Smart Home Forensics Investigation - A Google Hub Case Study.
  • Opoku-Boateng, Francisca. MinneWIC (2019), Duluth, MN "Salaries in Higher Education Systems: A System-wide Perspective on Career Advancement and Gender Equity"

Non-Refereed Publications and Tech Reports


March 2021Present


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Dakota State University

Adjunct Instructor of Computer Forensics

  • Lecture students based on material from the approved curriculum.
  • Develops daily lesson plans and build-out courses to include instructional aids.
  • Encourage and motivates students to actively participate in all aspects of the educational process.
  • Maintains expertise in the subject area and recommends improvements in curriculum design.
  • When possible, participates in core course academic support programs, certification programs, and student professional associations
Digital Forensics for Cyber Enforcement (DigForCE) Lab

OSINT & Digital Forensics Investigator

  • Performs digital and mobile forensics criminal investigations utilizing AXIOM, FTK, Cellebrite, and other tools.
  • Performs all phases of incident response and create playbooks and reference guides to illustrate and elaborate the incident response processes.
  • Perform and develop security monitoring by using cases and supporting content for security tools like dashboards, alerts, reports, rules.
  • Conduct OSINT examinations/investigations. Cases worked on include email and website scams, drug-related, cybercrimes, fraud, counterfeiting.
  • Develop OSINT training materials and presentations for law enforcement agents.
  • Design social media smart cards for consumer protection in South Dakota.





The blackcomputeHER Fellows Program is a cohort-based, leadership development program designed to cultivate black women leaders in computing+tech. The program offered 12 months of intensive development for selected fellows. 

SBS Cybersecurity

Network Security Intern

  • Worked on projects dubbed: Dark Web Monitoring. 
  • Researched how to utilize the recorded future tool in performing monitoring scans for our clients. 
    • Researched other specific competitive tools (Dark Owl Vision, ACID Cyber Intelligence, Digital
      shadows SearchLight) for monitoring the dark web.
    • Documented process, procedure, and findings on how the tools can aid us in performing assessments
      for our clients.
  • Researched current dark web darknet platforms for selling counterfeits and fake goods.
    • Compiled a list of all identified markets and run a test to make sure they are still alive.
  • Performed Penetration Tests, Vulnerability Scans, and Social Engineering Assessments.
  •  Worked on getting certified as a Banking Ethical Hacker
SBS Cybersecurity

Information Security Intern

  • Worked on mobile forensics project.
    • Researched how to build and test a mobile device investigation workstation with the SANS SHIFT
    • Documented process and procedure on how to conduct investigations using the tool.
  • Researched current ransomware attacks & breaches.
    • Compiled the various descriptors and keys and generated a white paper for the team. (Yet to be
  • Performed Risk Assessments
  • Worked on getting certified as a Banking Forensics Investigator
  • Research on dark web infiltration
  • Worked on a project to create a SysLogging Intrusion Detection System (IDS)
Dakota State University

Undergraduate Instructor

  • Taught CSS 388-Computer Forensics Fundamentals during the summer session of this year.
Dakota State University

Graduate Research & Teaching Assistant

  • National Science Foundation NRT Affiliate – Participate in National Research traineeship program (Cyber-Physical-Social System for Understanding and Thwarting the Illicit Economy)
  • Assisted faculty members with research projects on digital forensics, Girls in STEM, Mobile and IoT Forensics.
  • Assisted in teaching CSS 388 – Computer Forensics Fundamentals
  • Performed grant review for the AAUW grant, developed idea proposals for the CybHER organization, and perform a variety of administrative tasks for the CybHER organization

TMC-MS Dynamics Ax Consulting Associate

  • Contributed to business development by identifying new opportunities and assisting with proposal
  • Provided Dynamics 365 for Operations, AX2012 R3, and 2009 professional services for clients, ensuring their requirements and expectations were met with high-level quality, on time, and within budget.
  • Participated in some phases of Dynamics 365 for Operations or 2012 ERP projects.
  • Conducted system analysis for vulnerabilities and contributed to creating solutions for system vulnerabilities and security flaws. 
Luxottica Via Real Soft Inc.

Technical Support Specialist

  • Provided technical support for various hardware and software applications via phones and/or other media as required.
  • Gained knowledge of application security and development processes and technologies.
  • Performed escalation procedures to counteract potential threats/vulnerabilities as well as internal
  • Worked on various incident management queues assigned to the support department via Remedy.
  • Deployed, troubleshot and responded to requests and issues affecting client databases.
Kroger Technology Via Ascendum Solutions

IT Support Center Analyst

  • Deployed, troubleshot, and responded to requests and issues affecting client databases.
  • Provided technical support for software applications via phones.
  • Worked on various incident management queues assigned to the Support department
University of Michigan-Flint

Research Assistant

  • Assisted in tutoring individuals and groups of students and conducted an end-of-semester evaluation.
  • Assisted a faculty member with a research project; engaged in literature review and collected data for research on indicators of ethics and privacy.
  • Conducted meetings with students, administered tests and supervised students during exams. Projects
  • Provide assistance with event planning including supervision of undergraduate student workers.



CITI Program, A Division of BRANY

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) is dedicated to promoting the public’s trust in the research enterprise by providing high quality, peer-reviewed, web-based educational courses in research, ethics, regulatory oversight, responsible conduct of research, research administration, and other topics pertinent to the interests of member organizations and individual learners.


Software and Tools

  • SIEM, Splunk, Sans Investigative Forensics Toolkit (SIFT) Workstation
  • Recorded Future Tool, Multiple OSINT Tools, Wireshark, CrypTool
  • FTK Imager and FTK ver 7.1.0 | Access Data, Magnet AXIOM, Autopsy, Redline, OS Forensics
  • SELKS (Suricata), Kibana, Metasploit, Nmap
  • Cellebrite UFED Mobile Forensic, XRY Mobile Forensics
  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 for operations, AX 2009, 2012 R3


  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
  • Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW)
  • Blacks in Cybersecurity (BIC)
  • Google Women Techmakers (WTM)
  • National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)
  • Computing Research Association (CRA)
  • Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS)
  • Women in Security Profesional (WISP)


  • 2020  Opoku-Boateng, Francisca A., Google Women Techmaker Scholar engagement award Initiative Wobble Bot Maker Day.  


  • 2021   Grad Cohort Scholarship Recipient, Computing Research Association - URMD
  • 2020  Travel Scholarship Recipient, Grad Cohort Scholarship Recipient, Computing Research Association
  • 2020  Travel Scholarship Recipient, Women in Cybersecurity WiCyS 
  • 2020  Travel Scholarship, Rapid City Branch of the American Association of University Women
  • 2019   Travel SCholarhip WiSP
  • 2019   Best Presenter Award, Mini Wic
  • 2019   Travel Scholarship Google
  • 2019   Travel Scholarship Recipient, Women in Cybersecurity WiCyS
  • 2019   Travel Scholarship, ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference
  • 2019   Travel Scholarship Recipient, NSA / CRRC Faculty Professional Development Workshop
  • 2019   Recipient, Google Women Techmakers
  • 2019   Recipient,  Grace Hopper Celebration Scholar 
  • 2019   Fellow, BlackComputeHER Fellowship Program
  • 2019   Recipient, Grad Cohort Scholarship, Computing Research Association - URMD
  • 2019   Affiliate Scholarship, NSF NRT SPACT  
  • 2019   Recipient, SBS/Gamewell Scholarship
  • 2018   Travel Scholarship Recipient, Dakota State University
  • 2014   Recipient, Ralph M. and Emmalyn E. Freeman Computer Science, Engineering, and Physics Scholarship (UoM–Flint)


University Courses

  • Undergraduate Courses
    • Computer Forensics Fundamentals 
  • Graduate Courses
    • Computer and Digital Forensics


  • Inclusive Pedagogy
  • Active Listening
  • Active Learning 
  • Providing Practical Examples




  • Invited Panelist: Opoku-Boateng, Francisca A. (March 2021) Black Women in Cyber Panel (BWIC)
  • Invited Speaker: Opoku-Boateng, Francisca A. (September 2019) 3rd Annual Ladies' Day Out - Identity Theft
  • Invited Speakers: Opoku-Boateng, Francisca A, Katie Shuck (September 2018)  CybHER Security – Making a Difference through the Cyber Sciences.


  • 2020  Wobble Bot Day, DSU 
  • 2018   CybHer IoT Day, DSU
  • 2018   Lead Strong Women in Banking Conference
  • 2018   Women in Science Event, Mt. Mary College
  • 2018   Flandreau Robotics Club activity day
  • 2018   SBS Cybersecurity CybHER outreach