OSINT: Open-Source Intelligence

Open-source intelligence refers to gathering data from Open-Source Information, Publicly Available Information (PAI), and Commercially Available Information (CAI).  This data includes information that you collect lawfully from publicly available sources about organizations or individuals. Law enforcement agencies, cybersecurity professionals, and forensic computer examiners can use OSINT techniques to parse vast amounts of data to supplement their work, resulting in more closed cases and successful investigations. OSINT techniques can help you identify unknown phone numbers, locate wanted suspects, and uncover links and ties you never knew existed. OSINT provides new leads and perspectives and helps colorize an otherwise black-and-white view of a subject- whether a person, a group or an organization of interest.

The IACIS OSINT Course is a comprehensive introductory course in research, collection, exploitation, and analysis. Many investigators uncover significant information during their investigations that can be supplemented with OSINT, PAI, and CAI research.  This course will provide you with the most important skills necessary to conduct comprehensive OSINT investigations using the information you encounter daily. Forensic investigators, detectives, research analysts, law enforcement officials, cybersecurity professionals, and many other professions will benefit from the OSINT skills taught in this class. This course will first teach the student how to protect themselves and their organization by providing defensive techniques in the operating environment, including misattribution, managed attribution, and the creation and usage of ‘sock puppets’. The course will also address common legal challenges in collecting, aggregating, and using open-source data. Students then learn basic OSINT research skills and manual OSINT collection methodologies, and explore automation options within the OSINT collection environment. There will be a brief introduction to the dark web and cryptocurrencies exploitation. Various use cases will be explored, ranging from OSINT in support of short-term investigations, to employing persistent techniques to support 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 workplace.

During this comprehensive one-week class, you will learn to:

  • Understand what OSINT is and isn’t
  • Address any legal considerations within your organization so you can legally use OSINT information
  • Employ defensive and offensive OSINT techniques for investigative purposes (OPSEC)
  • Use search engines efficiently to locate hidden, hard to find, and deleted information
  • Identify individuals online and examine their online presence
  • Understand the Dark Web and learn best practice search techniques
  • Learn the basics of tracing cryptocurrency
  • Examine a variety of records, including:
    • Business records
    • Public records
    • Financial Records
    • Archives
  • Use a variety of publicly available platforms for OSINT investigations, including:
    • Blogs/Forums
    • Social media sites and applications
    • Messaging platforms and chat applications
    • Dating platforms and applications
  • Exploit imagery and files found online for various information, including:
    • Reverse Image Searching
    • Geolocations and Maps
    • Translation and Non-Native Language Searches
  • Learn how to employ scripting techniques in support of OSINT investigations
  • Learn to use OSINT to support tactical mission requirements
  • Learn how to stay current in the OSINT space
  • Learn how to conduct an OSINT Needs Analysis for your organization

WHEN:  April 24-28, 2023

COST: $2,495.00 US Dollars

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


Registration for this course is closed.

****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.


Due to an unprecedented situation with Caribe Royale, the hotel is completely booked for week one of the 2023 IACIS Training event.   

IACIS is currently working with Orlando Marriott to determine if we can use it as overflow, but at the time of this writing we have no information on what they have available or if they will honor GSA rates. We will update this site as new information become available.

​​NAME​   ​​PHONE​  
Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista South   1(407)597-4000  
​​Orlando Marriott World Center​    1(407)239-4200  
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center   1(407)586-0000  
​​Walt Disney World Swan​    1(407)934-3000  
Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort   1(407)934-4000  

Also, if you are government employee you may be able to use FedRooms.com to find GSA rate lodging in the area.   

Please note: Availability at the Caribe Royale may change as time gets closer to the event so it is recommended that you check with the Caribe Royale often by using booking via this Caribe Royale Hotel link here. As a reminder, if you are not a Caribe Royale Hotel guest and require daily parking on hotel property during the event you will be responsible for all associated parking fees. 

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.