Open-source intelligence (OSINT) Training
Futurum offer OSINT Training to a wide range of organisations and individuals who are looking to improve their knowledge of gathering information that is digitally available and turning it into actionable evidence. Get in touch with us to find out about our Open Source Intelligence training programs.
What is Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)?
Open Source Intelligence, or OSINT, is a method of collecting data from publicly available sources to be used for intelligence purposes. This is not simply limited to the information that can be found by searching on Google, however, the “surface-web” is an extremely important resource in OSINT.
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The use of the Internet and social media is growing all the time but it is currently estimated that there are over 4 billion internet users, 126 million daily Twitter users, over a billion Facebook and Instagram users, and 1.5 billion users of YouTube. There is therefore a vast amount of information available that can help to identify people, their patterns of life and movements, links between people, groups and organisations and much more.
The vastness of the data available also creates challenges and OSINT tools are available to exploit this information although these change regularly. As an example, there are a variety of Facebook tools available but these are regularly changing. One such tool is Facebook Stories which, with a targets user ID, makes it possible to retrieve posts by the target depending on privacy settings. Futurum’s training courses cover all the most current tools available. Some common examples are:
- Browsers and search engines - which if used to their full potential can achieve significant results
- Open corporates
- Email permutator
- Facebook search tools
- Twitter advanced search tool
Futurum’s training team and consultants are experts in the exploitation of open-source intelligence (OSINT).
Open Source Intelligence training can be extremely useful for a variety of professionals in the private and public sector including law enforcement services, private investigators, insurance claim investigators, threat intelligence analysts and more. Our training courses are designed to help you learn the necessary skills, methods and techniques of undertaking an investigation using online sources from the internet to the dark web. Once the course program is complete our goal is to have provided you with the confidence to conduct your own investigations and analysis in your line of work.