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Part II: An Introduction to OSINT Research for Protective Intelligence Professionals

In the previous article (Part I), we discussed the context around open source intelligence (OSINT) research – how OSINT fits into the intelligence cycle, the explosion in social media use, and background information about the internet & browsing.

In this second half of the series, we will now discuss tools and concepts that are central to the duties of an OSINT researcher. Highlighting these tools and concepts serves two purposes for readers. First, it brings useful research methods to our attention.

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Part I: An Introduction to OSINT Research for Protective Intelligence Professionals

What makes OSINT research so important to protective intelligence professionals is that it’s not only a tool for us to use for good, in collecting information to support decision makers, but also a potentially malicious tool to be used against us (and our organization’s assets). Having a basic understanding of OSINT supports our proactive assessment of threats, and it also supports our assessment of OPSEC/information related vulnerabilities of our own organizations.

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