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This program is divided into two days covering techniques for use by inspector general investigators and auditors to conduct open-source research on individuals and businesses. The first day of the program identifies and demonstrates a wide array of free online resources available to aid internet researchers in solving both technical and non-technical problems. The first dayfocuses on the most popular search engines and social networks. The instructor will provide information on effective tools and techniques used to retrieve intelligence on individuals, events, and organizations. During the second day of class, the instructor will review and build upon the foundation laid down in day one. Sound workflow, working with platform trends, and best practices are explained, demonstrated live, and reinforced.

Learning Objectives

Day 1

  • Understand best practices for open-source intelligence collection.
  • Understand operational security concerns for open-source intelligence collection.
  • Use best practices for Internet research workflow.
  • Understand ethical concerns related to open-source intelligence collection.
  • Recognize recent/trends and challenges for open-source intelligence collection.
  • Understand how to setup for success for technical research.
  • Understand key technologies needed for technical research.
  • Understand challenges to technical research.
  • Conduct a browser level preservation of intelligence and/or evidence.
  • Use Google, Bing, Yandex, Baidu, DuckDuckGo, Tor2Web etc. to conduct research.
  • Understand best practices and challenges related to the creation and maintenance of investigative and covert accounts.
  • Use Facebook to research profiles, social groups, organizations, and events.
  • Use Twitter/Instagram to locate alternate accounts, search for deleted content, look for associations, and understand workarounds.
  • Use top resources to identify usernames and email addresses.
  • Understand how to apply the techniques taught in the previous sections.
  • Ask questions of instructor regarding first day topics.

Day 2

  • Conduct reverse image and reverse video searches to expose related profiles.
  • Conduct searches for a subject or businesses' true name.
  • Conduct advanced document queries, paste sites, and conduct corporate research.
  • Conduct research on locations and addresses.
  • Conduct research on phone numbers.
  • Understand alternative and advanced tactics beyond what is covered in the course.
  • Understand best practices for developing policy and procedures related to technical research.
  • Understand operational security concerns while conducting technical investigation research.
  • Ask questions of instructor regarding today's topics.

Instructional Delivery Method: Group Internet Based

CPE Credits: From 14 - to 16 CPE Credits (Attendance and attentiveness are monitored by WebEx programming and through polling questions presented randomly during the event.) The total CPE credits will be determined once all content has been delivered.

Program Knowledge Level: Basic

Prerequisites: None

Advance Preparation: None


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    Jon Engstrom

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