About the course
Instructor: Micah Hoffman
Immeasurable amounts of personal and potentially incriminating data are currently stored in the websites, apps, and social media platforms that people access and update daily via their devices. Those data can become evidence for citizens, governments, and businesses to use in solving real financial, employment, and criminal issues with the help of a professional information gatherer.
Many people think using their favorite Internet search engine is sufficient to find the data they need and do not realize that most of the Internet is not indexed by search engines. SEC487 teaches students legitimate and effective ways to find, gather, and analyze this data from the Internet. You'll learn about reliable places to harvest data using manual and automated methods and tools. Once you have the information, we'll show you how to ensure that it is sound, how to analyze what you've gathered, and how to make it is useful to your investigations.
This is an entry-level, introduction to open-source intelligence (OSINT) course and, as such, will move quickly through many areas of the field. You will learn current, real-world skills, techniques, and tools that law enforcement, private investigators, cyber attackers, and defenders use to scour the massive amount of information across the Internet, analyze the results, and pivot on interesting pieces of data to find other areas for investigation. Our goal is to provide the OSINT knowledge base for students to be successful in their fields whether they are cyber defenders, threat intelligence analysts, private investigators, insurance claims investigators, intelligence analysts, law enforcement personnel, or just someone curious about OSINT.
Throughout the course week, students will participate in numerous hands-on labs using the tools and techniques that are the basis for gathering free data from the Internet. More than 20 labs in this course use the live Internet and dark web to help students gain real-world confidence. You'll leave the course knowing not just how to use search features on a website, but all of the scenario-based requirements and OSINT techniques needed to gather truly important OSINT data.
SEC487.1: Foundations of OSINT
SEC487.2: Gathering, Searching, and Analyzing OSINT
SEC487.3: Social Media and Geolocation
SEC487.4: Imagery, Networks, Government, and Business
SEC487.5: The Dark Web and International Issues
SEC487.6: Capstone: Capture (and Present) the Flag