Introduction to Open Source Intelligence and Investigations
Introduction to Open Source Intelligence and Investigations

Introduction to Open Source Intelligence and Investigations

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Radisson Blu Latvija Hotel

Elizabeths 55


Riga, Latvia

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This is a free seminar.

The seminar will provide an introduction to Open Source Intelligence and provide an insight into what is needed to conduct an Open Source Investigation. The seminar is designed for persons in investigation and enforcement roles in the public sector, though the learning points are transferable and will be useful in numerous areas of both public and private organisations.

Topics covered will include:

1. Open Source – what is it, why we need it and where do we find it

2. Infrastructure of the internet

3. Operating Systems – the pros and cons for the investigator

4. Browsers

  • Add-ons

  • Developer settings

  • Viewing the source

5. Search engines

6. Google Hacking - advanced search engine interrogation

7. Building a ‘Jump kit’ - The essential basic tools for most online intelligence gathering exercises

8. Anonymity

  • Privacy, analytics and tracking    

  • The dangers of taking your work home with you

9. The best of capturing tools

10. Social media for intelligence development– the benefits and challenges

11. An insight into the Dark Web

12. Future tech challenges and opportunities

* If there are any specific topics you are interested in which are not covered above, please email and we will endeavour to incorporate any requests.


The seminar will be delivered by 8ARC's CEO, Andrew Tillman. Andrew has over 10 years of detailed and specific experience in the cyber intelligence and cyber investigations arena. As the former Head of Intelligence for the UK's National Trading Standards, Andrew built the first National Trading Standards (NTS) e-Crime Intelligence Hub through to a fully operational function, and subsequently repeated this for the NTS Intelligence Team. In addition, Andrew has developed and delivered numerous training events, nationally and internationally, on subjects such as open source intelligence, cyber intelligence, cyber enforcement and exploitation of emerging technologies.

Arrival Time, Registration and Finish

Registration will be from 09:00 to 09:20, for a 09:30 start. Please arrive no earlier than 09:00. The conference will finish no later than 13:00 although Andrew will be available for informal discussions after the seminar.


Tea and coffee will be provided during registration. Refreshments will be provided during a morning tea break at 11am.


Please note the seminar will be delivered in English.

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Images may be captured during the seminar using photography, video or other medium for use in publicity material produced by 8ARC and solely for the use of 8ARC. Unless express objections are received, individuals attending the seminar agree to have given their consent by attending or remaining at the seminar.


Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

For help with any questions you may have please email

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, you may transfer your ticket to a colleague, though please ensure any transfers are made by 18:00 on 14 October 2016.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You will need a copy of your ticket to attend the seminar, this can either be a printed copy or an electronic copy in the Eventbrite app.

What level of knowledge will I need to attend this seminar?

This is an introductory level seminar and is appropriate for people with a basic knowledge of open source tools and will provide a crash course for those with no experience of the subject. There will be practical demonstrations, so for those with more advanced skills and knowledge these will provide you with an insight into alternative techniques you may not have used before. There will also be time both during and after the seminar for more in depth discussion with Andrew. 

What language will the seminar be presented in?

The seminar will be presented in English.

What is the dress code for the seminar?

Please wear what you would normally wear to work.

Do I need to bring my laptop?

No, it is not necessary to bring your laptop. If you wish bring a laptop to enable you to follow along with demonstrations, please feel free to do so.

Access Code

An access code is required to register for the seminar. If you would like to obtain an access code please email

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