Real-Time OSINT Intelligence
Open-source intelligence (OSINT) is data collected from publicly available sources to be used in an intelligence context. In the intelligence community, the term "open" refers to overt, publicly available sources (as opposed to covert or clandestine sources). It is not related to open-source software or public intelligence. OSINT under one name or another has been around for hundreds of years. With the advent of instant communications and rapid information transfer, a great deal of actionable and predictive intelligence can now be obtained from public, unclassified sources.
OSINT is the collection and analysis of information that is gathered from public, or open, sources. OSINT is primarily used in national security, law enforcement, and business intelligence functions and is of value to analysts who use non-sensitive intelligence in answering classified, unclassified, or proprietary intelligence requirements across the previous intelligence disciplines.
OSINT sources can be divided up into six different categories of information flow:
Media - Print newspapers, magazines, radio, and television from across and between countries.
Internet - Online publications, blogs, discussion groups and Social Media Websites
Public Government Data - Public government reports, budgets, hearings, telephone directories, press conferences, websites, and speeches.
Professional and Academic Publications - information acquired from journals, conferences, symposia, academic papers, dissertations, and theses.
Commercial Data - Commercial imagery, financial and industrial assessments, and databases.
Grey literature - Technical reports, preprints, patents, working papers, business documents, unpublished works, and newsletters.
How we can help
Cybersafe's resident experts are active members of the OSINT community and thereby specially enabled to assist Law Enforcement Agencies when it comes to collecting intelligence on persons and organizations of interest.