Searching for accurate and credible information can be frustrating and time consuming, ending with inferior results.
All investigators, journalists, intelligence gatherers and researchers start somewhere, today you can kick start your OSINT career with OSINT-Mini a free online course. Included is a guide to investigating usernames to identify the person behind a username and I will touch on how to refine your searches when you are "googling" for improved results.
What you will get:
- An understanding of open source intelligence, investigations and research, purpose and objectives.
- Learn about sources of information together with effective google and social media searching
- How to document and record information collected
- A short overview of Virtual Private Networks and their purpose
- Full access to our OSINT support page with tools and forum https://osint-i1.com
Plus a guide to help identify people behind usernames.
Wizard of OSINT
About the instructor
My name is Andrew Fordred a Namibian and a Formula 1 fanatic (AndyF1 your first lesson in OSINT: username) but equally passionate about OSINT.
My career began in law enforcement with the Crime Intelligence Services of the South African police focusing on terrorism and organised crime, and later was employed in a number of corporate positions.
12 years on in 2005 I started my own business. It was from here that I became massively interested in developing open source investigations in support of due diligence, criminal investigations, and providing intelligence services. I spent many hours developing different techniques and exploring a variety of tools (setting up a VM used to be quite intimidating let alone trying to understand Kali) to extract data from that big open source aka “the internet”, complementing almost any form of investigation or research.
Today, not only am I associated with some of the best in the industry but also use python for OSINT collection, tools such as opensearchserver, Kali Linux, Maltego (authorised trainer), Hunchly and others. The journey hasn’t been easy, the industry is fast paced and it’s hard to keep up.
This is my opportunity to share my knowledge with my students, to support you through this journey and help you develop some incredible skills for effective and powerful open source investigations.