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

November 20, 2018 - November 22, 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.




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