OSINT: Open-Source Intelligence

This is an introductory course in Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) information research, collection, exploitation, and analysis. OSINT is becoming increasingly important across investigations of all types, especially for law enforcement and government agencies. This course will teach the student how to protect themselves and their organization by providing defensive techniques in the operating environment, including misattribution and creation and usage of sock puppets. Common legal challenges in the collection and usage of OSINT will be discussed. The student will then learn basic OSINT research skills, manual OSINT collection methodologies, and explore automation options within OSINT collection environment. There will be a brief introduction to the dark web and cryptocurrencies. Various use cases will be explored, ranging from OSINT in support of long-term research, to utilizing OSINT to support live operations. Students will learn how to conduct an OSINT needs analysis for their own organization, enabling safe, legal, and effective implementation of OSINT methodologies in their respective workplaces.

Throughout the week students will cover the following topics:

  • What is OSINT? More importantly, what ISN’T OSINT?
  • Legal/Privacy/Policy considerations
  • Defensive OSINT/Personal Privacy
  • Using Search Engines efficiently for OSINT
  • Reverse Image Searching
  • Geolocations and Maps (geolocated social media posts, co-locating existing subpoena records with social media posts; Ad-ID possible as a quick overview)
  • Blogs/Forums (Quora, Reddit, 4Chan, 8Kun)
  • Social media exploitation (break down by platform-focus on 4 big ones and youtube-address: phone apps and desktop for each)
  • Messaging platforms and Chat Apps (Encryption?)
  • Dating platforms and apps (location services, vetting persons)
  • Business records (registrations, taxes)
  • Public records (property, court, aggregation sites)
  • Financial Records (OFAC, political donor records, public employee records)
  • Dark Web/Thorough TOR
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Archives (wayback machine, cached websites)
  • Translation and Non-Native Language Searches
  • “Foreign” Apps (popular outside US)
  • Scripting and GitHub
  • SALE- Situational Awareness for Live Events (Tactical OSINT)
  • User Driven Block
  • Keeping up with trends/Staying Current in the OSINT Space
  • Tools/Commercial Providers
  • OSINT Needs Analysis (Starting an OSINT shop or team or mission)

WHEN:  April 24-28, 2023

COST: $2,495.00 US Dollars

Classroom laptops will be given to the students to take home and keep.


Existing IACIS members: Log in with your credentials and go to the Products page to purchase and register for the course.

Non-IACIS members: Membership fee is waived with the purchase of the training course; however, to register for the course you must complete a membership application at the time of purchase. Purchase training course HERE.

****Payment MUST BE RECEIVED at least 45 days prior to the first day of class. Any payment arrangements other than payment through the website or payment via invoice must be approved by the IACIS Treasurer prior to admittance into the course. Please contact the treasurer for questions and approval (treasurer@iacis.com)

Cancellations within 45 days from the start of class to 31 days from the start of class will be subject to a $150 cancellation fee. There will be no refunds within 30 days from the start of class.****

* On-Site Check-in Times (student pickup of equipment, ID card, IACIS info) are:

             Sunday, April 23, 2023: 1800 – 2100

             Monday, April 24, 2023: 0700 – 0800

* Please make arrangements to arrive in time to check-in so that you may be in class promptly the first day.


Please read the following notes regarding this class:

  1. Classes begin at 8:00 AM ET and conclude at 5:00 PM ET, each day, with a one-hour lunch break. Classes will end at 4:00 PM ET on the last day of class. Please do not arrange for departing flights prior to 7:00 PM ET to allow time for travel to the airport and any security clearances.
  2. The dress code for the conference is business casual (collared shirts and slacks). The wearing of shorts, flip flops, tank tops, etc. is not allowed in the classroom. Personal computers are not permitted in the classroom. Students are required to attend all classes to successfully complete the program. Students who fail to meet the attendance requirements will not be issued a certificate at the conclusion of the program.


The course will be taught at the Caribe Royale Hotel, 8101 World Center Drive, Orlando, Florida 32821 (USA).  This hotel is 16 miles from the Orlando International Airport, it has a large pool, spacious workout facility and is close to Disney World and Universal Studios.

Book via the Caribe Royale Hotel site here.

Or book via phone by calling the following numbers:

Reservations Toll Free: 1-800-823-8300/1-888-258-7501 or our local number 407-238-8000.


If IACIS is unable to hold their 2023 Orlando training event, then all students who have registered and paid, will have the option of a full refund or a reserved seat at the 2024 training event.  IACIS is not responsible for any outside expenses (e.g. travel and accommodation) in the event of the training event being cancelled.  Anyone who paid for training will receive complimentary membership through the year that his/her training takes place.