Open Source Intelligence: Performing OSINT Research and Developing Findings (part 2)

Open Source Intelligence: Performing OSINT Research and Developing Findings (part 2)
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1Module 1
Recorded on: 2022-06-21
Unit 1Presentation Materials: Open Source Intelligence
Unit 2Transcript: Open Source Intelligence
Unit 3Workbook: Open Source Intelligence
Unit 4Recording: Open Source Intelligence

When crimes are committed and criminals are moving in the online space, it only makes sense for law enforcement to likewise move their efforts online. Utilizing the power of Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) in investigations is highly valuable in modern-day policing. Valarie Findlay shares her expertise in this session to talk about OSINT and get everyone familiarized with the guidelines, approaches, and tools to consider to maximize its benefits.

Valarie Findlay has a prolific career in cybersecurity and experience with cybercrimes, sits on several North American cyber and law enforcement committees, and has worked in federal security and intelligence for various government departments. She is currently the President and Chief Scientist for TIGIR Secure – TIGIR Solutions.

Specifics of her discussion include:

  • How OSINT can greatly enhance law enforcement capabilities when combined with robust traditional investigative skills.
  • Primary pointers for beginners when getting started on working with OSINT in terms of setting scope and limits, legalities, what constitutes intelligence, and personas to use.
  • What is OSINT, who utilizes it, where it can be performed in, the common OSINT source categories, the type of information that can be gleaned from it, and differentiating it from WEBINT, and SOCMINT.
  • The different industries and professions that utilize OSINT, how it is used, and examples of how different entities are leveraging it.
  • Why OSINT is a misnomer and how OSINT is tapped and analyzed towards actual intelligence.
  • Chain of custody, legal and physical requirements that must be observed when employing OSINT for criminal or civil proceedings.
  • Specific uses of OSINT for law enforcement purposes.
  • The challenges that an entity or individual may run into when leveraging OSINT in terms of the OSINT activity itself, legalities, technology, and data management.
  • Legal and privacy considerations that must be examined and observed surrounding the gathering, recording, compiling, and processing of OSINT.
  • A historical overview of how OSINT emerged and became a form of intelligence.
  • A glimpse into the different types of “INTs” being consumed by law enforcement and other industries.
  • The value in tackling any OSINT project with a project management approach and the steps and elements to take into account when doing so.
  • The three layers of the web where OSINT can be performed.
  • A rundown of the different OSINT tools, platforms, services, and techniques that can be used to facilitate an effective OSINT project.
  • Critical OSINT preservation considerations to ensure integrity, comprehensiveness, and admissibility of OSINT-related intelligence and evidence for investigative and court proceedings.

Questions from the webinar participants are about:

  • The difference between the deep web and the dark web.
  • Resources and advice for researching business entities.
  • Treating data from a subscription service as OSINT.
  • Artificial intelligence programs that synthesize information and evidence.
  • What offensive OSINT refers to.
  • Examples of OSINT project templates.


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Resources and Handouts


Audience Comments

  • “Please continue with the topic updates, really interesting & I’m learning a lot.” — Allan Rogelio
  • “The handouts are very valuable to expand my knowledge in OSINT and become a proactive threat investigator.” — Rolando
  • “There was so much information it was hard to capture a single piece. I wish more time could be spent on some of the tools. That was probably the useful part for me.” — Jerry
  • “I think all of the information put out by Ms. Findlay was good and informative. I think the PDF handouts will prove to be useful as well. Great training session.” — Joseph
  • “Most valuable was the sources and explanations for them and the methodology and information about the different types of intelligence which can be obtained.” — Pavlina
  • “More tools for me to use when conducting OSINT. The project planning model also gave me some ideas on how I might want to do my own project planning. Maybe give a little more time for this subject, though, since it feels like she had more to say but had to cut it short in some areas.” — Cynthia
  • “Having been in law enforcement and watching the evolution of IoT and social media change how we investigate and event and people have been an eye-opener. I knew about HUMINT from the military and learning its application outside of that environment is amazing. Having been involved in some child crime cases, learning the tools to identify and track this information is absolutely essential. Thank you.” — Paul
  • “The information about OSINT tools was extremely helpful. The whole webinar had excellent content!” — Shannon



The International Association of Law Enforcement and Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) is the largest professional organization in the world representing law enforcement analysts.  We represent law enforcement analysts in a variety of venues and provide an environment of community by establishing regional chapters. The purpose of IALEIA is to advance high standards of professionalism in law enforcement intelligence analysis at the local, state/provincial, national, and international levels.  Our aim is to enhance understanding of the role of intelligence analysis, encourage the recognition of intelligence analysis as a professional endeavor, develop international qualification and competency standards, reinforce professional concepts, devise training standards and curricula, furnish advisory and related services on intelligence analysis matters, conduct analytic-related research studies, and provide the ability to disseminate information regarding analytical techniques and methods.   IALEIA has a certification program for analysts, a code of ethics, and bylaws that provide structure for the organization.



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