Beyond “Googling” – Leveraging Open-Source Intelligence in Investigations & Business Decisions

This entertaining and informative session will open your eyes to the wealth of open-source intelligence (OSINT) available on individuals and entities and how that information can be effectively applied to investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and risk management. Beyond the typical Google search, OSINT information can be obtained from robust surface websites, as well as deep web and dark web sources, and additional tools such as network relationship mapping and geocoding can enhance findings and identify previously unknown or obscured relationships. This session will describe the various sources for OSINT and identify what can and cannot be obtained, as well as how to apply OSINT to your investigations.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize how getting to know a person of interest is crucial to investigations and risk management
  • Identify what OSINT can and cannot uncover on individuals and businesses
  • Describe the types of information available on deep web and dark websites versus the traditional surface web
  • Recall how supplementing OSINT with network relationship mapping and geocoding can greatly enhance an investigation
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