The Internet is a vital tool for investigation, with individuals now sharing more information on themselves than ever. Through the effective use of web browsers, search engines and social media you can find a plethora of information on an individual, this is referred to as Open-Source Intelligence. This course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) and has been expertly crafted to cover all of the core basics that you will need to know so that you can conduct your own OSINT investigations.
This course is suitable for anyone in either the public or private sectors, particularly those within law enforcement, corporate security, investigations, journalism and human resources, who are all heavily involved in the collection of information for intelligence purposes.
The course has been developed by an expert in internet-based criminal investigation via Open-Source methods, who has successfully utilised OSINT techniques during both Police and Private investigations. The trainer has a law enforcement background and successfully used the skills demonstrated within this course to identify and locate criminal individuals.
Through this course, you'll learn the best way to set up your machine to conduct investigations, as well as the current techniques utilised in the day to day work of an OSINT professional. This course will demonstrate tools currently available to aid OSINT practitioners in their investigations and research into individuals and businesses. The course also covers Open-Source policy, an often-overlooked section within OSINT training. As well as learning the tools and techniques, it's also crucial to know when you can take action and what action is appropriate; graduates of our training will be educated on UK policy for Open-Source research and investigation, to ensure knowledge of accepted UK guidance for individuals acting on behalf of law enforcement or a business. You will also learn the best way to navigate social media as an OSINT investigator, utilising the latest SOCMINT techniques. You will learn how to search Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and LinkedIn to best gather information on your targets.
At the end of this course, you'll be able to conduct your own OSINT investigations and will have a thorough understanding of the tools at your disposal. Whether you're a solo practitioner just starting out, someone just interested in what an OSINT specialist does or can find out about you, or you're a seasoned professional looking for a refresher and an overview of the best systems currently available, this course will suit your needs.
- Social Media Handout
- General Account Advice (0:44)
- Facebook - Creating an Account (3:25)
- Facebook - Finding a User ID (6:43)
- Facebook - Searching by email address (3:21)
- Facebook - Finding Mutual Friends (3:04)
- Facebook - Groups (8:20)
- Facebook - Marketplace (11:29)
- Facebook - Searching on a Profile (3:26)
- Twitter (5:09)
- LinkedIn - Searching by email address (7:00)
- LinkedIn - Searching by current and previous employers (1:56)
- LinkedIn - Identifying the name of an anonymous "LinkedIn Member" account (1:10)
- LinkedIn - Searching without an account (1:51)
- LinkedIn - Recent Activity (3:41)
- Instagram - Downloading a full-size Profile Picture (4:05)
- Instagram - Searching by date posted (5:06)
- TikTok (4:14)
- Snapchat - Maps and Downloading Stories (3:27)
- Activity Tracking Apps (2:34)
Hi, I’m Steve Adams
I'm a certified OSINT Practitioner and Intelligence Analyst. With a background in Law and Sociology, specialising in Criminology, I joined one of the largest Police forces in the UK as an Intelligence Analyst. With the Police, I trained to the IPP and NIAT standard and was responsible for analysis of crime to support active investigations and to identify the optimal direction of resources. I now work in the private sector within Criminal and Security Intelligence. Here, my speciality is in conducting Internet Intelligence and Investigations activity, conducting OSINT investigations into individuals to locate criminals and identify criminal activity. I have a wealth of experience with a vast range of different OSINT techniques, as well as experience with the best tools on the market to aid an OSINT and Intelligence practitioner. I recently put my OSINT skills to the test by taking part in a Trace Labs CTF, where my team placed 3rd out of 191 teams internationally.