Open Source Intelligence Training

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4 day Course: Effective methods for using social media & Internet as investigative tools

"Searching safely, efficiently and effectively!"

Venue: Near Birmingham, U.K - exact location TBA

Digital devices and online communications are now commonly used as instruments for criminal activities. Due to exponential increase in use of social media and mobile data, there is also a wealth of intelligence available from online sources. This may be useful for internal or external investigations, screening, recovering stolen goods or other intelligence reconnaissance

Course details: A four day intensive open source practical course aimed at developing delegates’ skills in understanding the Internet & social media and how to effectively search them for information and intelligence for investigation & security purposes

Topics covered will include:

  • Overview of today’s digital world, including what digital devices are capable of, such as geo-location, metadata, digital images etc and how they can leave a digital footprint

  • Methods for recording & capturing data within an investigation

  • Use of browsers and their purpose & use in open source investigations, including use of add-

    ons, plug-ins, bookmarks etc

  • Exploration of advanced techniques in the use of search engines

  • Software tools for open source social media investigations

  • Methods for investigating the main social media sites and social media apps

  • Drilling down into Facebook and Twitter

  • Privacy & security - how to protect our identities whilst investigating online sources

  • Ethics, safety, privacy and operational issues which may arise when undertaking online


  • Security and open source information

  • Digital photographs in an investigation

  • Use of usernames, email addresses and mobile phone numbers within investigations

  • Digital profiling, workflows and connecting intelligence artefacts within investigations

  • Risks to organisations from smart phones, social media and their mitigation

  • Non-social media open source data

Class size: Class sizes are restricted to a maximum of 12 delegates per 4 day course.

Requirements: To partake in the course, all delegates must already be able to use a PC and web browser. A basic understanding of social media and smart phones would also be advantageous, but not essential. Delegates may bring a computer or a laptop will be provided for use during the training.

Objective: To gain practical skills and knowledge to effectively carry out online investigations in a safe and structured manner.

Pre-course preparation: All delegates will be required to create an email account and some social media passive accounts prior to the event. Details for this will be provided before the course begins.

Facilities: Each delegate will be given the use of an Internet-connected PC for the duration of the course and they will be issued with electronic PDF copies of course materials. Lunch is provided, along with drinks at break times (please notify us beforehand of any special dietary needs). T

Cost: Cost per delegate is £1000 + VAT for 4 days

Contact: In event of query then contact +44 1283 762559 or email "mail [at] blackstage-forensics.co.uk "

Cancellations will be refunded 50% if cancelled 14 days or more before the training begins. If cancelled within 13 days or fewer before the event, then delegates will be charged the full amount

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