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Futurum Consultancy & Training


Social Media Exploitation and Analysis

We provide advice and training in the areas of researching and analysing social media or open source data and intelligence, (SOCMED, SOCMINT and OSINT), online and open source investigations, covert online operations, social media security for personnel and businesses.


We know the use of social media is part of everyday life for the majority of people and as a consequence a vast amount of personal information is stored in ‘cyber space’ that can be accessed legitimately for research and evidential purposes.

Within the intelligence and law enforcement community the exploitation of social media or open source data is referred variously as OSINT, SOCMED, SOCMINT or SOCINT. In reality these acronyms all relate to the same thing, which is the use of techniques to collate, interrogate, analyse and make effective use of the vast amount of information available via social media platforms and the Internet.

To open up the techniques used to a wider audience we have developed a one-day practical based workshop introducing the most up-to-date social media, open source and Internet analytical search tools and methodologies. The workshop aimed at providing a good understanding of this cyber world and tools available to conduct detailed research and analysis of the various social media platforms and to provide the means to maximise the exploitation of the available information.

The workshop is suitable for personnel working in the following areas:

  • Human resources and recruitment
  • Intelligence development and analysis
  • Online investigations
  • Financial and legal compliance departments
  • Client due diligence
  • Journalism
  • Sales
  • Contract negotiations

High level learning objectives

  • To understand social media and social media platforms
  • To understand the digital footprint
  • To effectively use web browsing and social media monitoring tools
  • Legal and privacy issues

Workshop summary

This one-day workshop will provide delegates with the knowledge and skills to research, capture and exploit social media.  The workshop will include facilitated discussion and practical exercises and will include a variety of topics such as:

  • Types of social media
  • Dark web and surface web
  • The digital footprint
  • Investigative/intelligence value of social networks, images and databases
  • Web browsing and tools for social media monitoring
  • Tracing subjects and commodities on current or historic sites
  • Identifying IP addresses
  • Methodology to capture the intelligence and evidence
  • Legal and privacy issues

Read more about our OSINT Training. Please contact us for a full training prospectus.