Open source intelligence gathering is an integral part of private investigation. As new technologies, social media platforms and areas of the internet are developed it is necessary for investigative professionals to stay abreast of the changing open source landscape to be effective in their roles.
This course will provide participants with the latest methods and techniques to improve the way they gather, process, and report open-source information and intelligence. We will discuss how to gather, and analyze and interpret this data into useful information that leads to knowledge.
The course of instruction will introduce topics from determining the reason behind the subject’s disappearance and the best methodologies employed to find each type, gathering required information through the use of traditional and creative investigative techniques as well as using information brokers or databases and brand new cutting edge Internet resources to the legal aspects of missing persons assignments and why it is a skip tracer’s responsibility to ensure the safety of those he or she finds
To really understand OSINT, we need to understand how it works. The instructor will address the answers to the questions that plague investigators, such as:
• What are the best databases for my purposes?
• Am I getting the most out of these resources?
• What are the most effective and efficient ways to mine information?
• How can I skip straight to the best “go-to” websites?
• Manage your research time in an orderly and efficient manner
• Identify, employ, and exploit the most common investigative databases
• Understand the U.S. Court System (Local, State, and Federal)
• Find addresses and phone people using available resources
• Identify former employees
• Draw connections between and among people, places, and things
• Use and exploit the vast amounts of information available to you through public records
• Determine the source of information gathered (the actual source documents)
• Increase income by offering additional services
• Assist clients with protecting research and analysis services
• Assist clients with monitoring and analyzing online activity
• Gain the ability to prepare an open source investigation action plan
• Gain the ability to conduct a thorough, open source intelligence investigation