Open Source Information (OSIF) has been utilized to complement and or supplement classified intelligence for years. Even though the intelligence community (IC) has been using Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) for over half a decade, the definition has continued to evolve over that time. The challenge has been with the increased growth of online information such as social media, forums, dating sites, people search engines, and tens of thousands of new sources of data, is knowing exactly what types of resources are out there. OSINT is more complex in its current state as it relates to methods and sources. People are sharing information, their lives, their careers, their thoughts, and opinions in ways that were never available, and it’s more readily available to the public.
For Professionals within the intelligence or military community, OSINT is nothing new. For professionals within the law enforcement, loss prevention, fraud, and investigative sectors, this is going to be very exciting for you. Our goal is to help you understand the terminology used within the IC, understand how intelligence works, the process, the methodology, and, most importantly, how to apply it to your everyday work.