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What You Will Learn

This is a foundational course in open-source intelligence (OSINT) gathering that will move quickly through many areas of the field. While the course is an entry point for people wanting to learn about OSINT, the concepts and tools taught are far from basic. The goal is to provide the foundational knowledge for students to be successful in their fields, whether they are cyber defenders, threat intelligence analysts, private investigators, insurance fraud investigators, intelligence analysts, law enforcement personnel, or people who are curious about OSINT.

Many people think that using their favorite Internet search engine is enough to find the data they need to do their work, without realizing that most of the Internet is not indexed by search engines. SEC487 teaches students effective methods to find the unlinked data. You will learn real-world skills and techniques to scour the massive amounts of data found on the Internet. Once you have this information, SEC487 will show you how to ensure that it is corroborated, how to analyze what you gathered, and how to make sure it is useful to your customers.

With over 25 real-world exercises using the live Internet and dark web to reinforce the course material, and with quizzes and other activities to test knowledge, the SEC487 course does not just provide you materials but also helps you learn them. The course teaches students how to use specific tools and techniques to accomplish their investigative goals, focusing on processes through flow charts that map out procedures for most of the course techniques.

This Course Will Prepare You To:
  • Create an OSINT process
  • Conduct OSINT investigations in support of a wide range of customers
  • Understand the data collection life cycle
  • Create a secure platform for data collection
  • Analyze customer collection requirements
  • Capture and record data
  • Create sock puppet accounts
  • Harvest web data
  • Perform searches for people
  • Access social media data
  • Assess a remote location using online cameras and maps
  • Examine geolocated social media
  • Research businesses
  • Collect data from the dark web
What You Will Receive with This Course:
  • A Digital Download Package with a custom Linux virtual machine. Labs will be run from this platform.
  • An electronic workbook (inside the virtual machine) containing interactive labs.


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