Open Source Intelligence OSINT Training Course 10th-12th Dec 2019

Open Source Intelligence OSINT training course

The 3-day Open Source Intelligence OSINT training course is so much more than just browsing the World Wide Web. Our Open Source Intelligence training programme is the Pathfinder XXIII course and aims to share the unique Arno Reuser RIS Open Source Intelligence OSINT Methodology to do open source research in a planned, systematic and structured way to find open source information that you would otherwise never find. Using the methodology, delegates will learn in-depth techniques to find all relevant information from open sources, execute a systematic research plan, to use for market research, investigations, intelligence production, fact-checking techniques or vulnerability testing.

There is in-depth discussions on everything you need to be successful and efficient in online research: best search engines, obscure search engines, social media monitoring, how to build an OSINT Research Station, the Deep Web/Dark Web, finding hidden information, creating a search plan, how to bring down 10+ million results to a manageable number, and more.

Watch Arno Reuser talk about the benefits of Open Source Intelligence:

 

What you will learn

The RIS OSINT Pathfinder addresses the full cycle of investigative online research, from problem deconstruction up to and including search strategies. What you will learn is:

  • The best and most effective search strategies
  • Strategies to bring down 10+ million hits to a few relevant ones
  • How to search the Deep Web
  • Monitoring techniques for social media from simple to professional
  • All ins and outs of the worlds leading search engines
  • How to structure and plan your research
  • Advanced techniques to validate information for reliability
  • How to find out the true senders of e-mail
  • How to find hidden information in photographs
  • Maintaining a journal of your research to save you time and money
  • The best and most useful tools and add-ons to turn your PC into a RIS OSINT Research Station.

And much more.

What you will get

All RIS training programmes and workshops are well documented in a variety of support materials and services. The idea of the programme is to understand, not to learn tricks. The tricks are all documented in quick reference sheets and a handbook.

What you get is:

  • Three full days of OSINT training ;
  • The RIS OSINT Research Machine, a fully adapted Firefox browser with all the tools, add-ons, extra search bars, and pre-formatted bookmarks
  • The RIS OSINT Handbook with all the details, in print, with a table of contents and sources
  • Extensive lunch and catering included
  • A laptop on loan for the duration of the training programme (you can bring your own if you like)
  • Quick Reference Sheets with the full command languages of the major international search engines, including the ‘secret’ operators
  • A hand-picked literature list for your background reading
  • There will be an online training website for participants during and after the training programme
  • One year access to the RIS Helpdesk by phone or e-mail for participants to ask questions to the teacher after the training
  • Hand-signed RIS Pathfinder Certificate
  • Group photograph (if required)

We also invite all our participants for the Icebreaker Event in the evening of the first day, an informal get-together networking event hosted by us with drinks, snacks and a light dinner.

Who should attend?

The programme is particularly suited for:

  • Analysts and researchers working in conflict areas, for NGO’s, or EU/UN missions abroad.
  • Librarians and information professionals who work for a government, semi-government, international governments in support of decision-makers
  • Scientific researchers who need a solid foundation in information research as a starting point for their research
  • Journalists, investigative journalists, writers, historians who are dependent on decent and high-quality open source information research
  • Researchers in the private sector, in government agencies, in NGO’s
  • Cybercrime experts who are looking for the pearls in the haystack ;
  • Financial fraud and financial crime researchers and analysts
  • Insurance and risc researchers
  • International relations, conflict studies
  • Researchers looking for structure, systematic and planned foundations in their work

What does a RIS Pathfinder OSINT training course look like?

The Pathfinder training programme is NOT about Google tricks, nor is it about using particular software brands. It is about a METHODOLOGY that can be used anywhere anytime, regardless of the search engine used. Like one former participant described it: “R.I.S. is OSINT on step 4 to 5, where other training programmes are step 1 and 2”. The research methodology can be used to use Google to the max, but can also be used for other search engines, commercial databases or your in-house search engines.

The programme will be performed LIVE, with REAL TIME exercises so participants can see for themselves the methodology actually does work. Exercises are as much as possible live as well. There are no predesigned demos or something. Also, we make only use of FREELY available software and tools.

The theory is mixed with practical group or individual EXERCISES. Finally, the aim is to be PRACTICAL, everything learned should be applicable immediately at work. So, no wasting time on future outlooks and what may happen in the years to come, but real and practical studying to get results.

The WHY is more important than the HOW. The HOW is covered in handouts and quick reference sheets. It’s hard work, intensive, with a lot of new information to digest. RIS actively promotes COLLABORATIVE working techniques. Lots of attention will thus be paid to techniques to maintain a Work Journal to share your research with others.

Agenda

Open Source Intelligence OSINT

Trainer

Arno Reuser is a professional librarian and information scientist with more than 30 years of experience in information handling and processing. He was the founder of the Open Source Intelligence Bureau for the Dutch Defense Intelligence and Security Service (DISS) and currently holds the position of Senior Policy Advisor for OSINT and Cyber at the Dutch Ministry of Defence.

Eventbrite - OSINT Open Source Intelligence - Training Course

Open Source Intelligence OSINT Training Course 27th-29th August 2019

Open Source Intelligence OSINT Training Course

The 3-day Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) training course is so much more than just browsing the World Wide Web. Our training programme is the Pathfinder XXII course and aims to share the unique Arno Reuser RIS OSINT Methodology to do open source research in a planned, systematic and structured way to find open source information that you would otherwise never find. Using the methodology, delegates will learn in-depth techniques to find all relevant information from open sources, execute a systematic research plan, to use for market research, investigations, intelligence production, fact-checking techniques or vulnerability testing.

There is in-depth discussions on everything you need to be successful and efficient in online research: best search engines, obscure search engines, social media monitoring, how to built an OSINT Research Station, the Deep Web/Dark Web, finding hidden information, creating a search plan, how to bring down 10+ million results to a manageable number, and more.

Watch Arno Reuser talk about the benefits of Open Source Intelligence:

What you will learn

The RIS OSINT Pathfinder addresses the full cycle of investigative online research, from problem deconstruction up to and including search strategies. What you will learn is:

  • The best and most effective search strategies
  • Strategies to bring down 10+ million hits to a few relevant ones
  • How to search the Deep Web
  • Monitoring techniques for social media from simple to professional
  • All ins and outs of the worlds leading search engines
  • How to structure and plan your research
  • Advanced techniques to validate information for reliability
  • How to find out the true senders of e-mail
  • How to find hidden information in photographs
  • Maintaining a journal of your research to save you time and money
  • The best and most useful tools and add-ons to turn your PC into a RIS OSINT Research Station.

And much more.

What you will get

All RIS training programmes and workshops are well documented in a variety of support materials and services. The idea of the programme is to understand, not to learn tricks. The tricks are all documented in quick reference sheets and a handbook.

What you get is:

  • Three full days of Open Source Intelligence OSINT training ;
  • The RIS OSINT Research Machine, a fully adapted Firefox browser with all the tools, add-ons, extra search bars, and pre-formatted bookmarks
  • The RIS OSINT Handbook with all the details, in print, with a table of contents and sources
  • Extensive lunch and catering included
  • A laptop on loan for the duration of the training programme (you can bring your own if you like)
  • Quick Reference Sheets with the full command languages of the major international search engines, including the ‘secret’ operators
  • A hand-picked literature list for your background reading
  • There will be an online training website for participants during and after the training programme
  • One year access to the RIS Helpdesk by phone or e-mail for participants to ask questions to the teacher after the training
  • Hand-signed RIS Pathfinder Certificate
  • Group photograph (if required)

We also invite all our participants for the Icebreaker Event in the evening of the first day, an informal get-together networking event hosted by us with drinks, snacks and a light dinner.

Who should attend?

The programme is particularly suited for:

  • Analysts and researchers working in conflict areas, for NGO’s, or EU/UN missions abroad.
  • Librarians and information professionals who work for a government, semi-government, international governments in support of decision-makers
  • Scientific researchers who need a solid foundation in information research as a starting point for their research
  • Journalists, investigative journalists, writers, historians who are dependent on decent and high-quality open source information research
  • Researchers in the private sector, in government agencies, in NGO’s
  • Cybercrime experts who are looking for the pearls in the haystack ;
  • Financial fraud and financial crime researchers and analysts
  • Insurance and risc researchers
  • International relations, conflict studies
  • Researchers looking for structure, systematic and planned foundations in their work

What does a RIS Pathfinder OSINT training course look like?

The Pathfinder training programme is NOT about Google tricks, nor is it about using particular software brands. It is about a METHODOLOGY that can be used anywhere anytime, regardless of the search engine used. Like one former participant described it: “R.I.S. is OSINT on step 4 to 5, where other training programmes are step 1 and 2”. The research methodology can be used to use Google to the max, but can also be used for other search engines, commercial databases or your in-house search engines.

The programme will be performed LIVE, with REAL TIME exercises so participants can see for themselves the methodology actually does work. Exercises are as much as possible live as well. There are no predesigned demos or something. Also, we make only use of FREELY available software and tools.

The theory is mixed with practical group or individual EXERCISES. Finally, the aim is to be PRACTICAL, everything learned should be applicable immediately at work. So, no wasting time on future outlooks and what may happen in the years to come, but real and practical studying to get results.

The WHY is more important than the HOW. The HOW is covered in handouts and quick reference sheets. It’s hard work, intensive, with a lot of new information to digest. RIS actively promotes COLLABORATIVE working techniques. Lots of attention will thus be paid to techniques to maintain a Work Journal to share your research with others.

Agenda

Open Source Intelligence OSINT

Trainer

Arno Reuser is a professional librarian and information scientist with more than 30 years of experience in information handling and processing. He was the founder of the Open Source Intelligence Bureau for the Dutch Defense Intelligence and Security Service (DISS) and currently holds the position of Senior Policy Advisor for OSINT and Cyber at the Dutch Ministry of Defence.

Eventbrite - OSINT Open Source Intelligence - Training Course

Open Source Intelligence OSINT Training Course 16th-18th April 2019

Open Source Intelligence OSINT Training Course

The 3-day Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) training course is so much more than just browsing the World Wide Web. Our training programme is the Pathfinder XXI course and aims to share the unique Arno Reuser RIS OSINT Methodology to do open source research in a planned, systematic and structured way to find open source information that you would otherwise never find. Using the methodology, delegates will learn in-depth techniques to find all relevant information from open sources, execute a systematic research plan, to use for market research, investigations, intelligence production, fact-checking techniques or vulnerability testing.

There is in-depth discussions on everything you need to be successful and efficient in online research: best search engines, obscure search engines, social media monitoring, how to built an OSINT Research Station, the Deep Web/Dark Web, finding hidden information, creating a search plan, how to bring down 10+ million results to a manageable number, and more.

Watch Arno Reuser talk about the benefits of Open Source Intelligence:

What you will learn

The RIS OSINT Pathfinder addresses the full cycle of investigative online research, from problem deconstruction up to and including search strategies. What you will learn is:

  • The best and most effective search strategies
  • Strategies to bring down 10+ million hits to a few relevant ones
  • How to search the Deep Web
  • Monitoring techniques for social media from simple to professional
  • All ins and outs of the worlds leading search engines
  • How to structure and plan your research
  • Advanced techniques to validate information for reliability
  • How to find out the true senders of e-mail
  • How to find hidden information in photographs
  • Maintaining a journal of your research to save you time and money
  • The best and most useful tools and add-ons to turn your PC into a RIS OSINT Research Station.

And much more.

What you will get

All RIS training programmes and workshops are well documented in a variety of support materials and services. The idea of the programme is to understand, not to learn tricks. The tricks are all documented in quick reference sheets and a handbook.

What you get is:

  • Three full days of OSINT training ;
  • The RIS OSINT Research Machine, a fully adapted Firefox browser with all the tools, add-ons, extra search bars and pre-formatted bookmarks
  • The RIS OSINT Handbook with all the details, in print, with a table of contents and sources
  • Extensive lunch and catering included
  • A laptop on loan for the duration of the training programme (you can bring your own if you like)
  • Quick Reference Sheets with the full command languages of the major international search engines, including the ‘secret’ operators
  • A hand-picked literature list for your background reading
  • There will be an online training website for participants during and after the training programme
  • One year access to the RIS Helpdesk by phone or e-mail for participants to ask questions to the teacher after the training
  • Hand-signed RIS Pathfinder Certificate
  • Group photograph (if required)

We also invite all our participants for the Icebreaker Event in the evening of the first day, an informal get-together networking event hosted by us with drinks, snacks and a light dinner.

Who should attend?

The programme is particularly suited for:

  • Analysts and researchers working in conflict areas, for NGO’s, or EU/UN missions abroad.
  • Librarians and information professionals who work for a government, semi-government, international governments in support of decision-makers
  • Scientific researchers who need a solid foundation in information research as a starting point for their research
  • Journalists, investigative journalists, writers, historians who are dependent on decent and high-quality open source information research
  • Researchers in the private sector, in government agencies, in NGO’s
  • Cybercrime experts who are looking for the pearls in the haystack ;
  • Financial fraud and financial crime researchers and analysts
  • Insurance and risc researchers
  • International relations, conflict studies
  • Researchers looking for structure, systematic and planned foundations in their work

What does a RIS Pathfinder OSINT training course look like?

The Pathfinder training programme is NOT about Google tricks, nor is it about using particular software brands. It is about a METHODOLOGY that can be used anywhere anytime, regardless of the search engine used. Like one former participant described it: “R.I.S. is OSINT on step 4 to 5, where other training programmes are step 1 and 2”. The research methodology can be used to use Google to the max, but can also be used for other search engines, commercial databases or your in-house search engines.

The programme will be performed LIVE, with REAL TIME exercises so participants can see for themselves the methodology actually does work. Exercises are as much as possible live as well. There are no predesigned demos or something. Also, we make only use of FREELY available software and tools.

The theory is mixed with practical group or individual EXERCISES. Finally, the aim is to be PRACTICAL, everything learned should be applicable immediately at work. So, no wasting time on future outlooks and what may happen in the years to come, but real and practical studying to get results.

The WHY is more important than the HOW. The HOW is covered in handouts and quick reference sheets. It’s hard work, intensive, with a lot of new information to digest. RIS actively promotes COLLABORATIVE working techniques. Lots of attention will thus be paid to techniques to maintain a Work Journal to share your research with others.

Agenda

Open Source Intelligence OSINT

Trainer

Arno Reuser
Course tutor for OSINT Pathfinder

Arno Reuser is a professional librarian and information scientist with more than 30 years of experience in information handling and processing. He was the founder of the Open Source Intelligence Bureau for the Dutch Defense Intelligence and Security Service (DISS) and currently holds the position of Senior Policy Advisor for OSINT and Cyber at the Dutch Ministry of Defence.

Eventbrite - OSINT Open Source Intelligence - Training Course

How much of the Internet is fake?

How Much of the Internet Is Fake?  Max Read from New York Magazine offers a fascinating analysis.

In late November, the Justice Department unsealed indictments against eight people accused of fleecing advertisers of $36 million in two of the largest digital ad-fraud operations ever uncovered. Digital advertisers tend to want two things: people to look at their ads and “premium” websites — i.e., established and legitimate publications — on which to host them. The two schemes at issue in the case, dubbed Methbot and 3ve by the security researchers who found them, faked both. Hucksters infected 1.7 million computers with malware that remotely directed traffic to “spoofed” websites — “empty websites designed for bot traffic” that served up a video ad purchased from one of the internet’s vast programmatic ad-exchanges, but that were designed, according to the indictments, “to fool advertisers into thinking that an impression of their ad was served on a premium publisher site,” like that of Vogue or The Economist.

Views, meanwhile, were faked by malware-infected computers with marvelously sophisticated techniques to imitate humans: bots “faked clicks, mouse movements, and social network login information to masquerade as engaged human consumers.” Some were sent to browse the internet to gather tracking cookies from other websites, just as a human visitor would have done through regular behavior. Fake people with fake cookies and fake social-media accounts, fake-moving their fake cursors, fake-clicking on fake websites — the fraudsters had essentially created a simulacrum of the internet, where the only real things were the ads.

How much of the internet is fake? Studies generally suggest that year after year, less than 60 percent of web traffic is human; some years, according to some researchers, a healthy majority of it is bot. For a period of time in 2013, the Times reported this year, a full half of YouTube traffic was “bots masquerading as people,” a portion so high that employees feared an inflection point after which YouTube’s systems for detecting fraudulent traffic would begin to regard bot traffic as real and human traffic as fake. They called this hypothetical event “the Inversion.”

In the future, when I look back from the high-tech gamer jail in which President PewDiePie will have imprisoned me, I will remember 2018 as the year the internet passed the Inversion, not in some strict numerical sense, since bots already outnumber humans online more years than not, but in the perceptual sense. The internet has always played host in its dark corners to schools of catfish and embassies of Nigerian princes, but that darkness now pervades its every aspect: Everything that once seemed definitively and unquestionably real now seems slightly fake; everything that once seemed slightly fake now has the power and presence of the real. The “fakeness” of the post-Inversion internet is less a calculable falsehood and more a particular quality of experience — the uncanny sense that what you encounter online is not “real” but is also undeniably not “fake,” and indeed maybe both at once, or in succession, as you turn it over in your head.

How Much of the Internet Is Fake? The metrics are fake.

Take something as seemingly simple as how we measure web traffic. Metrics should be the most real thing on the internet: They are countable, trackable, and verifiable, and their existence undergirds the advertising business that drives our biggest social and search platforms. Yet not even Facebook, the world’s greatest data–gathering organization, seems able to produce genuine figures. In October, small advertisers filed suit against the social-media giant, accusing it of covering up, for a year, its significant overstatements of the time users spent watching videos on the platform (by 60 to 80 percent, Facebook says; by 150 to 900 percent, the plaintiffs say). According to an exhaustive list at MarketingLand, over the past two years Facebook has admitted to misreporting the reach of posts on Facebook Pages (in two different ways), the rate at which viewers complete ad videos, the average time spent reading its “Instant Articles,” the amount of referral traffic from Facebook to external websites, the number of views that videos received via Facebook’s mobile site, and the number of video views in Instant Articles.

Can we still trust the metrics? After the Inversion, what’s the point? Even when we put our faith in their accuracy, there’s something not quite real about them: My favorite statistic this year was Facebook’s claim that 75 million people watched at least a minute of Facebook Watch videos every day — though, as Facebook admitted, the 60 seconds in that one minute didn’t need to be watched consecutively. Real videos, real people, fake minutes.

How Much of the Internet Is Fake? The people are fake.

And maybe we shouldn’t even assume that the people are real. Over at YouTube, the business of buying and selling video views is “flourishing,” as the Times reminded readers with a lengthy investigation in August. The company says only “a tiny fraction” of its traffic is fake, but fake subscribers are enough of a problem that the site undertook a purge of “spam accounts” in mid-December. These days, the Times found, you can buy 5,000 YouTube views — 30 seconds of a video counts as a view — for as low as $15; oftentimes, customers are led to believe that the views they purchase come from real people. More likely, they come from bots. On some platforms, video views and app downloads can be forged in lucrative industrial counterfeiting operations. If you want a picture of what the Inversion looks like, find a video of a “click farm”: hundreds of individual smartphones, arranged in rows on shelves or racks in professional-looking offices, each watching the same video or downloading the same app.

This is obviously not real human traffic. But what would real human traffic look like? The Inversion gives rise to some odd philosophical quandaries: If a Russian troll using a Brazilian man’s photograph to masquerade as an American Trump supporter watches a video on Facebook, is that view “real”? Not only do we have bots masquerading as humans and humans masquerading as other humans, but also sometimes humans masquerading as bots, pretending to be “artificial-intelligence personal assistants,” like Facebook’s “M,” in order to help tech companies appear to possess cutting-edge AI. We even have whatever CGI Instagram influencer Lil Miquela is: a fake human with a real body, a fake face, and real influence. Even humans who aren’t masquerading can contort themselves through layers of diminishing reality: The Atlantic reports that non-CGI human influencers are posting fake sponsored content — that is, content meant to look like content that is meant to look authentic, for free — to attract attention from brand reps, who, they hope, will pay them real money.

How Much of the Internet Is Fake? The businesses are fake.

The money is usually real. Not always — ask someone who enthusiastically got into cryptocurrency this time last year — but often enough to be an engine of the Inversion. If the money is real, why does anything else need to be? Earlier this year, the writer and artist Jenny Odell began to look into an Amazon reseller that had bought goods from other Amazon resellers and resold them, again on Amazon, at higher prices. Odell discovered an elaborate network of fake price-gouging and copyright-stealing businesses connected to the cultlike Evangelical church whose followers resurrected Newsweek in 2013 as a zombie search-engine-optimized spam farm. She visited a strange bookstore operated by the resellers in San Francisco and found a stunted concrete reproduction of the dazzlingly phony storefronts she’d encountered on Amazon, arranged haphazardly with best-selling books, plastic tchotchkes, and beauty products apparently bought from wholesalers. “At some point I began to feel like I was in a dream,” she wrote. “Or that I was half-awake, unable to distinguish the virtual from the real, the local from the global, a product from a Photoshop image, the sincere from the insincere.”

How Much of the Internet Is Fake? The content is fake.

The only site that gives me that dizzying sensation of unreality as often as Amazon does is YouTube, which plays host to weeks’ worth of inverted, inhuman content. TV episodes that have been mirror-flipped to avoid copyright takedowns air next to huckster vloggers flogging merch who air next to anonymously produced videos that are ostensibly for children. An animated video of Spider-Man and Elsa from Frozen riding tractors is not, you know, not real: Some poor soul animated it and gave voice to its actors, and I have no doubt that some number (dozens? Hundreds? Millions? Sure, why not?) of kids have sat and watched it and found some mystifying, occult enjoyment in it. But it’s certainly not “official,” and it’s hard, watching it onscreen as an adult, to understand where it came from and what it means that the view count beneath it is continually ticking up.

These, at least, are mostly bootleg videos of popular fictional characters, i.e., counterfeit unreality. Counterfeit reality is still more difficult to find—for now. In January 2018, an anonymous Redditor created a relatively easy-to-use desktop-app implementation of “deepfakes,” the now-infamous technology that uses artificial-intelligence image processing to replace one face in a video with another — putting, say, a politician’s over a porn star’s. A recent academic paper from researchers at the graphics-card company Nvidia demonstrates a similar technique used to create images of computer-generated “human” faces that look shockingly like photographs of real people. (Next time Russians want to puppeteer a group of invented Americans on Facebook, they won’t even need to steal photos of real people.) Contrary to what you might expect, a world suffused with deepfakes and other artificially generated photographic images won’t be one in which “fake” images are routinely believed to be real, but one in which “real” images are routinely believed to be fake — simply because, in the wake of the Inversion, who’ll be able to tell the difference?

how much of the internet is fake
Only 4% of the Internet is indexed by Google

How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Our politics are fake.

Such a loss of any anchoring “reality” only makes us pine for it more. Our politics have been inverted along with everything else, suffused with a Gnostic sense that we’re being scammed and defrauded and lied to but that a “real truth” still lurks somewhere. Adolescents are deeply engaged by YouTube videos that promise to show the hard reality beneath the “scams” of feminism and diversity — a process they call “red-pilling” after the scene in The Matrix when the computer simulation falls away and reality appears. Political arguments now involve trading accusations of “virtue signaling” — the idea that liberals are faking their politics for social reward — against charges of being Russian bots. The only thing anyone can agree on is that everyone online is lying and fake.

We ourselves are fake.

Which, well. Everywhere I went online this year, I was asked to prove I’m a human. Can you retype this distorted word? Can you transcribe this house number? Can you select the images that contain a motorcycle? I found myself prostrate daily at the feet of robot bouncers, frantically showing off my highly developed pattern-matching skills — does a Vespa count as a motorcycle, even? — so I could get into nightclubs I’m not even sure I want to enter. Once inside, I was directed by dopamine-feedback loops to scroll well past any healthy point, manipulated by emotionally charged headlines and posts to click on things I didn’t care about, and harried and hectored and sweet-talked into arguments and purchases and relationships so algorithmically determined it was hard to describe them as real.

Where does that leave us? I’m not sure the solution is to seek out some pre-Inversion authenticity — to red-pill ourselves back to “reality.” What’s gone from the internet, after all, isn’t “truth,” but trust: the sense that the people and things we encounter are what they represent themselves to be. Years of metrics-driven growth, lucrative manipulative systems, and unregulated platform marketplaces have created an environment where it makes more sense to be fake online — to be disingenuous and cynical, to lie and cheat, to misrepresent and distort — than it does to be real. Fixing that would require cultural and political reform in Silicon Valley and around the world, but it’s our only choice. Otherwise, we’ll all end up on the bot internet of fake people, fake clicks, fake sites, and fake computers, where the only real thing is the ads.

A version of this article appeared in the December 24, 2018, issue of New York Magazine.

Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Pathfinder XX 20th – 22nd Nov 2018

Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Pathfinder XX

Good intelligence is the key to good decision making. The RIS OSINT Pathfinder range of training programmes does exactly that. The Pathfinder training programme/workshop is a full programme aimed at getting the most out of the open source intelligence world today. The Pathfinder will address all steps of the unique RIS OSINT Intelligence Cycle, from problem deconstruction and requirements analysis, source analysis, search strategies and search tactics, information evaluation and reliability as well as research management.

There is in-depth discussions on everything you need to be successful and efficient in online research: best search engines, obscure search engines, social media monitoring, how to built an OSINT Research Station, the Deep Web / Dark Web, finding hidden information, creating a search plan, how to bring down 10+ million results to a manageable number, and more.

Who is the trainer?

The trainer for the OSINT Pathfinder is Arno Reuser. From 1994 to 2010, Arno founded and managed the Dutch Defense Intelligence and Security Service Open Source Intelligence Bureau. After this, from 2010 to 2013, he worked as Senior Policy Advisor for OSINT and Cyber at the Dutch Ministerie van Defensie. In 2013 he setup Reuser Information Services (RIS). Arno is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on OSINT.

What you will learn

The RIS OSINT Pathfinder addresses the full cycle of investigative online research, from problem deconstruction up to and including search strategies. What you will learn is:

  1. The best and most effective search strategies ;
  2. Strategies to bring down 10+ million hits to a few relevant ones ;
  3. How to search the Deep Web ;
  4. Monitoring techniques for social media from simple to professional ;
  5. All ins and outs of the worlds leading search engines ;
  6. How to structure and plan your research ;
  7. Advanced techniques to validate information for reliability ;
  8. How to find out the true senders of e-mail ;
  9. How to find hidden information in photographs ;
  10. Maintaining a journal of your research to save you time and money ;
  11. The best and most useful tools and add-ons to turn your PC into a RIS OSINT Research Station.

And much more.

What you will get

All RIS training programmes and workshops are well documented in a variety of support materials and services. The idea of the programme is to understand, not to learn tricks. The tricks are all documented in quick reference sheets and a handbook.

What you get is :

  1. Three full days of OSINT training ;
  2. The RIS OSINT Research Machine, a fully adapted Firefox browser with all the tools, add-ons, extra search bars and pre-formatted bookmarks
  3. The RIS OSINT Handbook with all the details, in print, with a table of contents and sources
  4. Extensive lunch and catering included
  5. A laptop on loan for the duration of the training programme (you can bring your own if you like)
  6. Quick Reference Sheets with the full command languages of the major international search engines, including the ‘secret’ operators;
  7. A hand-picked literature list for your background reading;
  8. There will be an online training website for participants during and after the training programme;
  9. One year access to the RIS Helpdesk by phone or e-mail for participants to ask questions of the teacher after the training
  10. Hand-signed RIS Pathfinder Certificate
  11. Group photograph (if required)

We also invite all our participants for the Icebreaker Event on the evening of the first day, an informal get-together networking event hosted by us with drinks, snacks and a light dinner.

Who should attend?

The programme is particularly suited for

  • Analysts and researchers working in conflict areas, for NGO’s, or EU/UN missions abroad.
  • Librarians and information professionals who work for government, semi-government, international governments in support of decision-makers ;
  • Scientific researchers who need a solid foundation in information research as a starting point for their research ;
  • Journalists, investigative journalists, writers, historians who are dependent on decent and high-quality open source information research  ;
  • Researchers in the private sector, in government agencies, in NGO’s ;
  • Cybercrime experts who are looking for the pearls in the haystack ;
  • Financial fraud and financial crime researchers and analysts ;
  • Insurance and risc researchers ;
  • International relations, conflict studies ;
  • Researchers looking for structure, systematic and planned foundations in their work.

What does the OSINT Pathfinder programme look like?

The Pathfinder training programme is NOT about Google tricks, nor is it about using particular software brands. It is about a METHODOLOGY that can be used anywhere anytime, regardless of the search engine used. Like one former participant described it: “R.I.S. is OSINT on step 4 to 5, where other training programmes are step 1 and 2”. The research methodology can be used to use Google to the max, but can also be used for other search engines, commercial databases or your in-house search engines.

The programme will be performed LIVE, with REAL TIME exercises so participants can see for themselves the methodology actually does work. Exercises are as much as possible live as well. There are no predesigned demos or something. Also, we make only use of FREELY available software and tools.

The theory is mixed with practical group or individual EXERCISES. Finally, the aim is to be PRACTICAL, everything learned can be applied immediately to your work. So, no wasteing time on future outlooks and what may happen in the years to come, but real and practical studying to get results.

The WHY is more important than the HOW. The HOW is covered in handouts and quick reference sheets. It’s hard work, intensive, with a lot of new information to digest. RIS actively promotes COLLABORATIVE working techniques. Lots of attention will thus be paid to techniques to maintain a Work Journal to share your research with others.

Agenda

 

OSINT Pathfinder 17th-19th October

OSINT Pathfinder training programme

OSINT Pathfinder training teaches a proven methodology aimed at getting the most out of the open source information. The Pathfinder will address all steps of the unique RIS OSINT Intelligence Cycle, from problem deconstruction and requirements analysis, source analysis, search strategies and search tactics, information evaluation and reliability as well as research management.

OSINT Pathfinder training
Having good OSINT skills will be vital due to projected data growth

There is in-depth discussions on everything you need to be successful and efficient in online research: best search engines, obscure search engines, social media monitoring, how to build an OSINT Research Station, the Deep Web / Dark Web, finding hidden information, creating a search plan, how to bring down 10+ million results to a manageable number, and more.

 

OSINT Pathfinder training – What you will learn 

The RIS OSINT Pathfinder addresses the full cycle of investigative online research, from problem deconstruction up to and including search strategies. What you will learn is:

  1. The best and most effective search strategies ;
  2. Strategies to bring down 10+ million hits to a few relevant ones ;
  3. How to search the Deep Web ;
  4. Monitoring techniques for social media from simple to professional ;
  5. All ins and outs of the worlds leading search engines ;
  6. How to structure and plan your research ;
  7. Advanced techniques to validate information for reliability ;
  8. How to find out the true senders of e-mail ;
  9. How to find hidden information in photographs ;
  10. Maintaining a journal of your research to save you time and money ;
  11. The best and most useful tools and add-ons to turn your PC into a RIS OSINT Research Station.
OSINT Pathfinder training
Without OSINT skills, how will you find the perfect information you need
 

Who should attend?

The programme is particularly suited for

  • Policy officers, analysts and researchers working in conflict areas, for NGO’s, or EU/UN missions abroad.
  • Librarians and information professionals who work for government, semi-government, international governments in support of decision makers ;
  • Scientific researchers who need a solid foundation in information research as a starting point for their research ;
  • Journalists, investigative journalists, writers, historians who are dependent on decent and high quality open source information research  ;
  • Researchers in the private sector, in government agencies, in NGO’s ;
  • Cyber crime experts who are looking for the needle in the haystack ;
  • Financial fraud and financial crime researchers and analysts ;
  • Insurance and risc researchers ;
  • International relations, conflict studies ;
  • Researchers looking for structure, systematic and planned foundations in their work.

What you will get

All RIS training programmes and workshops are well documented in a variety of support materials and services. The idea of the programme is to understand, not to learn tricks. The tricks are all documented in quick reference sheets and a handbook.

What you get is :

  1. Three full days of OSINT training ;
  2. The RIS OSINT Handbook with all the details, in print, with table of contents and sources ;
  3. Buffet lunch and refreshments throughout the day ;
  4. Quick Reference Sheets with the full command languages of the major international search engines, including the ‘secret’ operators ;
  5. A hand-picked literature list for your background reading ;
  6. There will be an online training website for participants during and after the training programme ;
  7. One month after-care service by phone or e-mail for participants to ask questions to the teacher after the training ;
  8. Hand-signed RIS Pathfinder Certificate ;
  9. Group photograph (if appropriate) ;

What does a RIS Pathfinder programme look like?

The Pathfinder training programme is NOT about Google tricks, nor is it about using particular software brands. It is about a METHODOLOGY that can be used anywhere anytime, regardless the search engine used. As one former participant described it: “R.I.S. is OSINT on step 4 to 5, where other training programmes are step 1 and 2”. The research methodology can be applied for super advanced searches on Google, but can also be used for other search engines, commercial databases or your in-house search engines.

The programme will be performed LIVE, with REAL TIME exercises so participants can see for themselves the methodology actually does work. Exercises are as much as possible live as well. There are no predesigned demo’s or something. Also, we make only use of FREELY available software and tools.

Theory is mixed with practical group or individual EXERCISES. Finally, the aim is to be PRACTICAL, everything learned should be applicable immediately for work requirements. So, no pontificating on future trends and what may happen in the years to come, but real and practical training delivering immediate results.

The WHY is more important than the HOW. The HOW is covered in handouts and quick reference sheets. It’s hard work, intensive, with a lot of new information to digest. RIS actively promotes COLLABORATIVE working techniques. Lots of attention will thus be paid to techniques to maintain a Work Journal to share your research with others.

OSINT

OSINT Pathfinder XIV training
OSINT Pathfinder XIV training
OSINT pathfinder training course
Click on CIA logo and find out how OSINT and SOCMINT has driven the CIA’s digital transformation

 

OSINT Pathfinder training course
Click on image of Arno Reuser, the OSINT course tutor, and hear him talk about the benefits of Open Source Intelligence

 

Course Tutor

Arno Reuser
Arno Reuser Tutor of OSINT course

Arno Reuser  Arno is a professional librarian and information scientist with more than 30 years experience in information handling and processing. He was the founder of the Open Source Intelligence Bureau for the Dutch Defense Intelligence and Security Service (DISS) and currently holds the position of Senior Policy Advisor for OSINT and Cyber at the Dutch Ministry of Defence.

Arno’s expertise is to design and use systems that can translate information requirements into actionable intelligence. Or, in other words, find pinpoint answers to questions, and to design and run training courses about this for govt and private sector clients.

 

Course Administrator

John Lynch
John Lynch Course Administrator

John Lynch  John is Managing Director of Open Information and Training Services a specialist consultancy that provides trainers and consultants for systems integration, taxonomy implementations and open data projects for business and Government clients.  John was previously the Sales Director at Jane’s Information.

John manages all the OSINT Pathfinder training course admin, fees, bookings, logistics, delegates and venue hire.

For course enquires please contact John at:  Tel: 020 8669 6681 or  Mob: 07843 106702

Email John Lynch

OSINT Pathfinder 5th-7th September

OSINT Pathfinder training programme

OSINT Pathfinder training programme – this 3 day workshop teaches a proven methodology aimed at getting the most out of the open source information. The Pathfinder will address all steps of the unique RIS OSINT Intelligence Cycle, from problem deconstruction and requirements analysis, source analysis, search strategies and search tactics, information evaluation and reliability as well as research management.

OSINT Pathfinder training
Having good OSINT skills will be vital due to projected data growth

There is in-depth discussions on everything you need to be successful and efficient in online research: best search engines, obscure search engines, social media monitoring, how to build an OSINT Research Station, the Deep Web / Dark Web, finding hidden information, creating a search plan, how to bring down 10+ million results to a manageable number, and more.

 

OSINT Pathfinder training – What you will learn 

The RIS OSINT Pathfinder addresses the full cycle of investigative online research, from problem deconstruction up to and including search strategies. What you will learn is:

  1. The best and most effective search strategies ;
  2. Strategies to bring down 10+ million hits to a few relevant ones ;
  3. How to search the Deep Web ;
  4. Monitoring techniques for social media from simple to professional ;
  5. All ins and outs of the worlds leading search engines ;
  6. How to structure and plan your research ;
  7. Advanced techniques to validate information for reliability ;
  8. How to find out the true senders of e-mail ;
  9. How to find hidden information in photographs ;
  10. Maintaining a journal of your research to save you time and money ;
  11. The best and most useful tools and add-ons to turn your PC into a RIS OSINT Research Station.
OSINT Pathfinder training programme
Without OSINT skills, how will you find the perfect information you need

Who should attend?

The programme is particularly suited for

  • Policy officers, analysts and researchers working in conflict areas, for NGO’s, or EU/UN missions abroad.
  • Librarians and information professionals who work for government, semi-government, international governments in support of decision makers ;
  • Scientific researchers who need a solid foundation in information research as a starting point for their research ;
  • Journalists, investigative journalists, writers, historians who are dependent on decent and high quality open source information research  ;
  • Researchers in the private sector, in government agencies, in NGO’s ;
  • Cyber crime experts who are looking for the needle in the haystack ;
  • Financial fraud and financial crime researchers and analysts ;
  • Insurance and risc researchers ;
  • International relations, conflict studies ;
  • Researchers looking for structure, systematic and planned foundations in their work.

What you will get

All RIS training programmes and workshops are well documented in a variety of support materials and services. The idea of the programme is to understand, not to learn tricks. The tricks are all documented in quick reference sheets and a handbook.

What you get is :

  1. Three full days of OSINT training ;
  2. The RIS OSINT Handbook with all the details, in print, with table of contents and sources ;
  3. Buffet lunch and refreshments throughout the day ;
  4. Quick Reference Sheets with the full command languages of the major international search engines, including the ‘secret’ operators ;
  5. A hand-picked literature list for your background reading ;
  6. There will be an online training website for participants during and after the training programme ;
  7. One month after-care service by phone or e-mail for participants to ask questions to the teacher after the training ;
  8. Hand-signed RIS Pathfinder Certificate ;
  9. Group photograph (if appropriate) ;

What does a RIS Pathfinder programme look like?

The Pathfinder training programme is NOT about Google tricks, nor is it about using particular software brands. It is about a METHODOLOGY that can be used anywhere anytime, regardless the search engine used. As one former participant described it: “R.I.S. is OSINT on step 4 to 5, where other training programmes are step 1 and 2”. The research methodology can be applied for super advanced searches on Google, but can also be used for other search engines, commercial databases or your in-house search engines.

The programme will be performed LIVE, with REAL TIME exercises so participants can see for themselves the methodology actually does work. Exercises are as much as possible live as well. There are no predesigned demo’s or something. Also, we make only use of FREELY available software and tools.

Theory is mixed with practical group or individual EXERCISES. Finally, the aim is to be PRACTICAL, everything learned should be applicable immediately for work requirements. So, no pontificating on future trends and what may happen in the years to come, but real and practical training delivering immediate results.

The WHY is more important than the HOW. The HOW is covered in handouts and quick reference sheets. It’s hard work, intensive, with a lot of new information to digest. RIS actively promotes COLLABORATIVE working techniques. Lots of attention will thus be paid to techniques to maintain a Work Journal to share your research with others.

OSINT Pathfinder XIV training
OSINT Pathfinder XIV training
OSINT pathfinder training course
Click on CIA logo and find out how OSINT and SOCMINT has driven the CIA’s digital transformation

 

OSINT Pathfinder training course
Click on image of Arno Reuser, the OSINT course tutor, and hear him talk about the benefits of Open Source Intelligence

 

 

Course Tutor

Arno Reuser
Arno Reuser Tutor of OSINT course

Arno Reuser  Arno is a professional librarian and information scientist with more than 30 years experience in information handling and processing. He was the founder of the Open Source Intelligence Bureau for the Dutch Defense Intelligence and Security Service (DISS) and currently holds the position of Senior Policy Advisor for OSINT and Cyber at the Dutch Ministry of Defence.

Arno’s expertise is to design and use systems that can translate information requirements into actionable intelligence. Or, in other words, find pinpoint answers to questions, and to design and run training courses about this for govt and private sector clients.

 

Course Administrator

John Lynch
John Lynch Course Administrator

John Lynch  John is Managing Director of Open Information and Training Services a specialist consultancy that provides trainers and consultants for systems integration, taxonomy implementations and open data projects for business and Government clients.  John was previously the Sales Director at Jane’s Information.

John manages all the OSINT Pathfinder training course admin, fees, bookings, logistics, delegates and venue hire.

For course enquires please contact John at:  Tel: 020 8669 6681 or  Mob: 07843 106702

Email John Lynch

OSINT Pathfinder 13th-15th June

OSINT Pathfinder training programme

OSINT Pathfinder training programme – 3 day workshop teaches a proven methodology aimed at getting the most out of the open source information. The Pathfinder will address all steps of the unique RIS OSINT Intelligence Cycle, from problem deconstruction and requirements analysis, source analysis, search strategies and search tactics, information evaluation and reliability as well as research management.

OSINT Pathfinder training programme
Having good OSINT skills will be vital due to projected data growth

There is in-depth discussions on everything you need to be successful and efficient in online research: best search engines, obscure search engines, social media monitoring, how to build an OSINT Research Station, the Deep Web / Dark Web, finding hidden information, creating a search plan, how to bring down 10+ million results to a manageable number, and more.

 

OSINT Pathfinder training – What you will learn 

The RIS OSINT Pathfinder addresses the full cycle of investigative online research, from problem deconstruction up to and including search strategies. What you will learn is:

  1. The best and most effective search strategies ;
  2. Strategies to bring down 10+ million hits to a few relevant ones ;
  3. How to search the Deep Web ;
  4. Monitoring techniques for social media from simple to professional ;
  5. All ins and outs of the worlds leading search engines ;
  6. How to structure and plan your research ;
  7. Advanced techniques to validate information for reliability ;
  8. How to find out the true senders of e-mail ;
  9. How to find hidden information in photographs ;
  10. Maintaining a journal of your research to save you time and money ;
  11. The best and most useful tools and add-ons to turn your PC into a RIS OSINT Research Station.
OSINT Pathfinder training
Without OSINT skills, how will you find the perfect information you need

Who should attend?

The programme is particularly suited for

  • Policy officers, analysts and researchers working in conflict areas, for NGO’s, or EU/UN missions abroad.
  • Librarians and information professionals who work for government, semi-government, international governments in support of decision makers ;
  • Scientific researchers who need a solid foundation in information research as a starting point for their research ;
  • Journalists, investigative journalists, writers, historians who are dependent on decent and high quality open source information research  ;
  • Researchers in the private sector, in government agencies, in NGO’s ;
  • Cyber crime experts who are looking for the needle in the haystack ;
  • Financial fraud and financial crime researchers and analysts ;
  • Insurance and risc researchers ;
  • International relations, conflict studies ;
  • Researchers looking for structure, systematic and planned foundations in their work.

What you will get

All RIS training programmes and workshops are well documented in a variety of support materials and services. The idea of the programme is to understand, not to learn tricks. The tricks are all documented in quick reference sheets and a handbook.

What you get is :

  1. Three full days of OSINT training ;
  2. The RIS OSINT Handbook with all the details, in print, with table of contents and sources ;
  3. Buffet lunch and refreshments throughout the day ;
  4. Quick Reference Sheets with the full command languages of the major international search engines, including the ‘secret’ operators ;
  5. A hand-picked literature list for your background reading ;
  6. There will be an online training website for participants during and after the training programme ;
  7. One month after-care service by phone or e-mail for participants to ask questions to the teacher after the training ;
  8. Hand-signed RIS Pathfinder Certificate ;
  9. Group photograph (if appropriate) ;

What does a RIS Pathfinder programme look like?

The Pathfinder training programme is NOT about Google tricks, nor is it about using particular software brands. It is about a METHODOLOGY that can be used anywhere anytime, regardless the search engine used. As one former participant described it: “R.I.S. is OSINT on step 4 to 5, where other training programmes are step 1 and 2”. The research methodology can be applied for super advanced searches on Google, but can also be used for other search engines, commercial databases or your in-house search engines.

The programme will be performed LIVE, with REAL TIME exercises so participants can see for themselves the methodology actually does work. Exercises are as much as possible live as well. There are no predesigned demo’s or something. Also, we make only use of FREELY available software and tools.

Theory is mixed with practical group or individual EXERCISES. Finally, the aim is to be PRACTICAL, everything learned should be applicable immediately for work requirements. So, no pontificating on future trends and what may happen in the years to come, but real and practical training delivering immediate results.

The WHY is more important than the HOW. The HOW is covered in handouts and quick reference sheets. It’s hard work, intensive, with a lot of new information to digest. RIS actively promotes COLLABORATIVE working techniques. Lots of attention will thus be paid to techniques to maintain a Work Journal to share your research with others.

OSINT Pathfinder XIV training
OSINT Pathfinder XIV training
OSINT pathfinder training course
Click on CIA logo and find out how OSINT and SOCMINT has driven the CIA’s digital transformation

 

OSINT Pathfinder training course
Click on image of Arno Reuser, the OSINT course tutor, and hear him talk about the benefits of Open Source Intelligence

 

 

Course Tutor

Arno Reuser
Arno Reuser Tutor of OSINT course

Arno Reuser  Arno is a professional librarian and information scientist with more than 30 years experience in information handling and processing. He was the founder of the Open Source Intelligence Bureau for the Dutch Defense Intelligence and Security Service (DISS) and currently holds the position of Senior Policy Advisor for OSINT and Cyber at the Dutch Ministry of Defence.

Arno’s expertise is to design and use systems that can translate information requirements into actionable intelligence. Or, in other words, find pinpoint answers to questions, and to design and run training courses about this for govt and private sector clients.

 

Course Administrator

John Lynch
John Lynch Course Administrator

John Lynch  John is Managing Director of Open Information and Training Services a specialist consultancy that provides trainers and consultants for systems integration, taxonomy implementations and open data projects for business and Government clients.  John was previously the Sales Director at Jane’s Information.

John manages all the OSINT Pathfinder training course admin, fees, bookings, logistics, delegates and venue hire.

For course enquires please contact John at:  Tel: 020 8669 6681 or  Mob: 07843 106702

Email John Lynch

OSINT Master Training Programme 16th-17th May

OSINT Master Training Programme

 

OSINT Master training programme
OSINT Master Training – Course Tutor Arno Reuser

 

OSINT master training programme is for experienced open source intelligence practitioners – Details on request

 

Arno Reuser  is a professional librarian and information scientist with more than 30 years experience in information handling and processing. He was the founder of the Open Source Intelligence Bureau for the Dutch Defense Intelligence and Security Service (DISS) and currently holds the position of Senior Policy Advisor for OSINT and Cyber at the Dutch Ministry of Defence.

Arno was responsible for migrating the Dutch military intelligence library from an archival to a discovery capability. It involved efficiently extracting information from incoming streams of raw data and sharing relevant parts of the information with a virtual team of Dutch open source intelligence experts. In addition, the team used Arno’s search methodology to do research and collaborated using open source software, this enabled them to rapidly analyse the incoming information and turn it into intelligence. This innovative, low-cost and highly effective methodology inspired many EU, NATO and UN intelligence agencies.

Arno’s expertise is to design and use systems that can translate information requirements into actionable intelligence. Or, in other words, find pinpoint answers to questions, and to design and run training courses about this for govt and private sector clients.

In recognition for his contribution to the Intelligence Community, Arno was awarded the Golden Candle Award by OSS.net in Washington D.C.in 2003 and the Lifetime Award in 2004. He was nominated for Information Professional of the Year in 2010.

 

What exactly is Open Source Intelligence and what are the benefits?

What exactly is Open Source Intelligence and what are the benefits?

Watch ABA Associate Arno Reuser talk about Open Source Intelligence in this video blog.

Arno is a professional librarian and information scientist with more than 30 years experience in information handling and processing. He was the founder of the Open Source Intelligence Bureau for the Dutch Defense Intelligence and Security Service (DISS) and currently holds the position of Senior Policy Advisor for OSINT and Cyber at the Dutch Ministry of Defence.

Arno was responsible for migrating the Dutch military intelligence library from an archival to a discovery capability. It involved efficiently extracting information from incoming streams of raw data and sharing relevant parts of the information with a virtual team of Dutch open source intelligence experts. In addition, the team used Arno’s search methodology to do research and collaboration using open source software, this enabled rapid analysis of incoming information and a fast evolution of it into intelligence. This innovative, low-cost and highly effective methodology inspired many EU, NATO and UN intelligence agencies.

Arno’s expertise is to design and use systems that can translate information requirements into actionable intelligence. Or, in other words, find pinpoint answers to questions, and to design and run training courses about this for govt and private sector clients.

In recognition for his contribution to the Intelligence Community, Arno was awarded the Golden Candle Award by OSS.net in Washington D.C.in 2003 and the Lifetime Award in 2004. He was nominated for Information Professional of the Year in 2010.

In 2018 Arno was appointed as one of the Technical Commissioners of the ITNJ Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Child Sex Abuse.

what is open source intelligence