Open source intelligence training for law enforcement

Open Source Intelligence

Course Description:

This course is designed for criminal intelligence analysts, special agents, and other investigators. Students with any level of familiarity with the Internet and computers, from beginning to advanced, will find this course beneficial.   

The program gives students an up-to-date understanding of how social networking sites work and how members act and interact. Student will learn what information is available on various sites and how to integrate that information into criminal investigations and criminal intelligence analysis.

Too often, investigators and analysts overlook or underutilize these valuable resources.  Social networking sites are virtual communities. As in any large community, criminal organizations, fraud, violet crime, and victimization exist. Investigators need to understand these communities along with the tools, tricks, and techniques to prevent, track, and solve crimes. 

 Upon successful completion of the course, students will learn about:

  1. OSINT and Criminal Investigations
  2. Metadata Exploitation in Criminal Investigations
  3. Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Collection Tools:  Creating an Inexpensive OSINT Toolbox
  4. EXIF Tags and Geolocation of Devices for Investigations and Operational Security
  5. Online Undercover Operations: Observation and Infiltration
  6. Law Enforcement Interaction with Internet Service Providers:  Data Retention and the Service of Legal Process
  7. What Investigators Need to Know about Emerging Technologies Used to Hide on the Internet
  8. Proxies, VPNs, Tor, Onion Routers, Deepnet, and Darknet: A Deep Dive for Criminal Investigators

Prerequisites: None

Course Length: 3 Days / 24 Hours

Who May Attend: Law Enforcement and Military Intelligence

Course Description

The Certified in Open Source Intelligence (C|OSINT) program is the first and only globally recognized and accredited board certification on open source intelligence. You will learn real-world applicable skills that are utilized by law enforcement, military intelligence, private investigators, loss prevention, cyber defenders and attackers all use to help aid in their investigations.  

Our goal is to create an industry-leading body of knowledge and skillsets that meet the McAfee Institute’s high standards that can be taught, tested and validated so you can be successful in your career regardless if you are in law enforcement, intelligence, loss prevention, private investigations, information security, or cybersecurity.  

This program is completely online and self-study once the modules are released and are delivered over 6 weeks period of time. One module is released each week to study, learn, and test your competency. Every week students will participate in a number of hands-on labs using the methodologies taught during that week. More than 30 labs in this certification program use the web and dark web to help teach you the real-world skills you need to be successful.  

What is Included?  

  • COSINT Digital Study Guides 
  • COSINT Online Training Course 
  • 50 CPE Credits  

Bonus Items!  

  • COSINT Online Prep Review Course 
  • COSINT Exam Fee  Networking & Collaboration

Course Overview:

Open Source Intelligence is a crucial aspect of combating crime in 

the 21st century. Modern-day technology continues to evolve; 

however, law enforcement has been behind the curve.

Unfortunately, many law enforcement agencies are attempting to 

fight current criminal activities with outdated methods.

This course is designed to help bring officers and investigators up 

to speed with the new technology trends and give them 

practical/applicable tools to conduct online investigations involving 

open source and social media platforms. Uniform officers can 

immediately put aspects of the course to work as effectively as 

detectives or criminal analysts.

Topics include Internet basics such as IP addresses and domains, 

an overview of currently popular social media platforms, and best 

practices for building an online undercover profile.

This course will feature live demonstrations of both open-source 

and commercially available investigative tools for information 

gathering, and artifacts related to social media; as well as 

automated utilities to capture information and crawl websites. 

Police officers teach this class for police officers. The method of 

teaching is smooth and straight forward, and each officer will leave 

with immediately applicable tools to assist in investigations.

*A laptop or tablet is strongly recommended for this course*

Presented by Sandra Stibbards, owner of Camelot Investigations, Open Source Intelligence Training™ classes are regularly held at various venues across the country as well as internationally. This extremely educational training will enhance the knowledge of every person who attends. Open source intelligence (OSINT) requires more than just an ability to use the Internet. Special databases and off-line sources are among the many rich veins of intelligence which go unknown and untapped by law enforcement, legal professionals, business researchers, security personnel, intelligence analysts, and terrorism, gang and financial researchers.

Learn to direct your searches to obtain results quickly for best due diligence
Learn to find Information you would expect to be confidential
Learn to use social networks and media as an investigative tool
Learn how to dive deep for business information
Learn to protect your identity while searching and maneuver covertly
Learn how to conduct vulnerability assessments using open sources
Learn the best preparation for executive protection operations

Enhance the results and timeliness of your background screening investigations, due diligence searches, people locates, asset investigations, vulnerability assessments, risk assessments, corporate investigation and all searches by attending this highly acclaimed 2-Day Open Source Intelligence Training™ class.

This is an introductory course in Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) information research, collection, exploitation, and analysis. OSINT is becoming increasingly important across investigations of all types, especially for law enforcement and government agencies. This course will teach the student how to protect themselves and their organization by providing defensive techniques in the operating environment, including misattribution and creation and usage of sock puppets. Common legal challenges in the collection and usage of OSINT will be discussed. The student will then learn basic OSINT research skills, manual OSINT collection methodologies, and explore automation options within OSINT collection environment. There will be a brief introduction to the dark web and cryptocurrencies. Various use cases will be explored, ranging from OSINT in support of long-term research, to utilizing OSINT to support live operations. Students will learn how to conduct an OSINT needs analysis for their own organization, enabling safe, legal, and effective implementation of OSINT methodologies in their respective workplaces.

Throughout the week students will cover the following topics:

  • What is OSINT? More importantly, what ISN’T OSINT?
  • Legal/Privacy/Policy considerations
  • Defensive OSINT/Personal Privacy
  • Using Search Engines efficiently for OSINT
  • Reverse Image Searching
  • Geolocations and Maps (geolocated social media posts, co-locating existing subpoena records with social media posts; Ad-ID possible as a quick overview)
  • Blogs/Forums (Quora, Reddit, 4Chan, 8Kun)
  • Social media exploitation (break down by platform-focus on 4 big ones and youtube-address: phone apps and desktop for each)
  • Messaging platforms and Chat Apps (Encryption?)
  • Dating platforms and apps (location services, vetting persons)
  • Business records (registrations, taxes)
  • Public records (property, court, aggregation sites)
  • Financial Records (OFAC, political donor records, public employee records)
  • Dark Web/Thorough TOR
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Archives (wayback machine, cached websites)
  • Translation and Non-Native Language Searches
  • “Foreign” Apps (popular outside US)
  • Scripting and GitHub
  • SALE- Situational Awareness for Live Events (Tactical OSINT)
  • User Driven Block
  • Keeping up with trends/Staying Current in the OSINT Space
  • Tools/Commercial Providers
  • OSINT Needs Analysis (Starting an OSINT shop or team or mission)

WHEN:  April 24-28, 2023

COST: $2,495.00 US Dollars

Classroom laptops will be given to the students to take home and keep.


Existing IACIS members: Log in with your credentials and go to the Products page to purchase and register for the course.

Non-IACIS members: Membership fee is waived with the purchase of the training course; however, to register for the course you must complete a membership application at the time of purchase. Purchase training course HERE.

****Payment MUST BE RECEIVED at least 45 days prior to the first day of class. Any payment arrangements other than payment through the website or payment via invoice must be approved by the IACIS Treasurer prior to admittance into the course. Please contact the treasurer for questions and approval ([email protected])

Cancellations within 45 days from the start of class to 31 days from the start of class will be subject to a $150 cancellation fee. There will be no refunds within 30 days from the start of class.****

* On-Site Check-in Times (student pickup of equipment, ID card, IACIS info) are:

             Sunday, April 23, 2023: 1800 – 2100

             Monday, April 24, 2023: 0700 – 0800

* Please make arrangements to arrive in time to check-in so that you may be in class promptly the first day.


Please read the following notes regarding this class:

  1. Classes begin at 8:00 AM ET and conclude at 5:00 PM ET, each day, with a one-hour lunch break. Classes will end at 4:00 PM ET on the last day of class. Please do not arrange for departing flights prior to 7:00 PM ET to allow time for travel to the airport and any security clearances.
  2. The dress code for the conference is business casual (collared shirts and slacks). The wearing of shorts, flip flops, tank tops, etc. is not allowed in the classroom. Personal computers are not permitted in the classroom. Students are required to attend all classes to successfully complete the program. Students who fail to meet the attendance requirements will not be issued a certificate at the conclusion of the program.


The course will be taught at the Caribe Royale Hotel, 8101 World Center Drive, Orlando, Florida 32821 (USA).  This hotel is 16 miles from the Orlando International Airport, it has a large pool, spacious workout facility and is close to Disney World and Universal Studios.

Book via the Caribe Royale Hotel site here.

Or book via phone by calling the following numbers:

Reservations Toll Free: 1-800-823-8300/1-888-258-7501 or our local number 407-238-8000.


If IACIS is unable to hold their 2023 Orlando training event, then all students who have registered and paid, will have the option of a full refund or a reserved seat at the 2024 training event.  IACIS is not responsible for any outside expenses (e.g. travel and accommodation) in the event of the training event being cancelled.  Anyone who paid for training will receive complimentary membership through the year that his/her training takes place.

Written by Jane