Data Protection - Open Source Intelligence - Advanced Practitioner



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7/2/2022 (Monday)


On this accelerated 4-day Open Source Investigator - Advanced Practitioner course, you'll get the skills you need to identify and collect Open Source Intelligence (OSINT).

Your expert Firebrand instructor will teach you the tools and techniques needed to identify, capture and present your OSINT findings.

You'll also learn:

  • The organisational benefits of conducting high quality OSINT research
  • The availability of open source material on the internet
  • The importance of properly capturing and recording data to comply with legislative and commercial needs

Using our unique Lecture | Lab | Review technique, you'll be immersed in the curriculum. This technique, which combines both theoretical and practical tasks, will accelerate your learning as well as provide you with the hands-on experience you'll need to apply your skills to the real-world.

On this accelerated course, you'll prepare for and sit the Open Source Investigator - Advanced Practitioner exam, covered by your Certification Guarantee.

If your business gathers information or intelligence about a person or corporation and needs to correctly retrieve, store and present this information, this course is ideal for you.

Four reasons why you should sit your OSINT Advanced Practitioner course with Firebrand Training

  1. You'll be OSINT Advanced Practitioner trained and certified faster. Learn more on this 4-day accelerated course. You'll get at least 12 hours a day of quality learning time in a distraction-free environment
  2. Your OSINT Advanced Practitioner course is all-inclusive. One simple price covers all course materials, exams, accommodation and meals – so you can focus on learning
  3. Pass OSINT Advanced Practitioner first time or train again for free. Your expert instructor will deliver our unique accelerated learning methods, allowing you to learn faster and be in the best possible position to pass first time. In the unlikely event that you don't, it's covered by your Certification Guarantee
  4. Study OSINT Advanced Practitioner with an award-winning training provider. We've won the Learning and Performance Institute's "Training Company of the Year" three times. Firebrand is your fastest way to learn, with 111.290 students saving more than one million hours since 2001



  • What is Open Source Material?
  • Value of open source software - exploiting free tools - recognising limitations
  • Legislation – detailed knowledge of legislation relevant to commercial investigation - Legal Considerations including Agent Provocateur, False on-line accounts, Social Engineering, GDPR
  • Open Source v Undercover - The difference!
  • Intelligence Development using open source
  • Information > Intelligence > Evidence
  • OSINT Resource Set-up
  • Equipment needs & wishes
  • Software choices
  • Connection to the Internet
  • Advanced evidential capture features - use of Camtasia, Snagit & others
  • Hashing: Concepts, Capability & Value
  • How the Internet & WWW function from an OSINT perspective
  • Communications Data Awareness – including MAC addressing, resolution of IP addressing
  • Web Browsers – preparing a browser for OSINT
  • Network footprints & what is left by researchers
  • Introduction to Internet Searching - basic, targeted & meta search
  • Open Source software options
  • Social Networks & Media - Understanding of contents & capabilities - searching platforms
  • People & business searching – getting the most data & using it effectively
  • Locations & Mapping
  • Image/document metadata and geolocation
  • Understanding HTML code
  • Emails, Newsgroups & market places
  • VPNs & the Dark Web - Darknet - setting up and using TOR, Freenet, etc
  • Virtual/Crypto Currencies
  • Forensic Linguistics - introduction & basic knowledge
  • Documents - identification
  • Using Smartphone & Tablet devices for OSINT
  • Encryption & Steganography - introductory level, work based knowledge
  • Information & Intelligence Packages - producing a product

Exam Track

During your course, you'll prepare for and sit the Open Source Investigator - Advanced Practitioner exam, covered by your Certification Guarantee.

The exam is divided into two parts:

  • Practical Assessment
    • Duration: 2 hours
    • Format: online
  • Written Assessment
    • Duration: 2 hours
    • Format: online, multiple choice

What's Included

On this course, you'll get:

  • Comprehensive, digital course materials of the topics covered during the course
  • Lab exercises
  • Basic software tools used for OSINT
  • Course assessments at the end of the course, and course certificate

Your accelerated course includes:

  • Accommodation *
  • Meals, unlimited snacks, beverages, tea and coffee *
  • On-site exams **
  • Exam vouchers **
  • Practice tests **
  • Certification Guarantee ***
  • Courseware
  • Up-to 12 hours of instructor-led training each day
  • 24-hour lab access
  • Digital courseware **
  • * For residential training only. Doesn't apply for online courses
  • ** Some exceptions apply. Please refer to the Exam Track or speak with our experts
  • *** Pass first time or train again free (just pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs)


Before attending this course, you should have:

  • Basic user-level computer knowledge
  • A general awareness of the concepts of computer security
  • An ability to use a Windows-based computer running Windows 7 or 10

Are you ready to get certified in record time?

We interview all applicants for the course on their technical background, degrees and certifications held, and general suitability. If you get through this screening process, it means you stand a great chance of passing.

Firebrand Training is an immersive training environment. You must be committed to the course. The above prerequisites are guidelines, but many students with less experience have other background or traits that have enabled their success in accelerated training through Firebrand Training.

If you have any doubts as to whether you meet the pre-requisites please call 78 79 16 53 and speak to one of our enrolment consultants, who can help you with a training plan.


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"A good facility - well catered for and professionally run; with a lively tutor."
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"This course, though very intense and at some moments daunting, was structured and delivered in a direct, practical and rather productive way."
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