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Data Protection Open Source Intelligence - Advanced Practitioner

- Only 4 Days

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.

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Seven reasons why you should sit your course with Firebrand Training

  1. You'll be OSINT Advanced Practitioner certified in just 4 days. With us, you’ll be OSINT Advanced Practitioner trained in record time
  2. Our OSINT Advanced Practitioner course is all-inclusive. A one-off fee covers all course materials, exams, accommodation and meals. No hidden extras
  3. Pass OSINT Advanced Practitioner first time or train again for free. This is our guarantee. We’re confident you’ll pass your course first time. But if not, come back within a year and only pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs
  4. You’ll learn more. A day with a traditional training provider generally runs from 9am – 5pm, with a nice long break for lunch. With Firebrand Training you’ll get at least 12 hours/day quality learning time, with your instructor
  5. You’ll learn OSINT Advanced Practitioner faster. Chances are, you’ll have a different learning style to those around you. We combine visual, auditory and tactile styles to deliver the material in a way that ensures you will learn faster and more easily
  6. You’ll be studying OSINT Advanced Practitioner with the best. We’ve been named in Training Industry’s “Top 20 IT Training Companies of the Year” every year since 2010. As well as winning many more awards, we’ve trained and certified 75,029 professionals, and we’re partners with all of the big names in the business
  7. You'll do more than study Firebrand's courseware. We use practical exercises to make sure you can apply your new knowledge to the work environment. Our instructors use demonstrations and real-world experience to keep the day interesting and engaging

Think you are ready for the course? Take a FREE practice test to assess your knowledge!

Benefits of Training with Firebrand

  • Distraction-free residential training - you’ll live just steps away from your classroom
  • A purpose-built training centre – get access to dedicated Pearson VUE Select facilities
  • Your Certification Guarantee – pass first time or train again free (just pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs)
  • Everything you need to certify – you’ll even sit your exam on the course and return home certified
  • No hidden extras – one cost covers everything you need to certify

See Curriculum...

  • 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

See 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

See 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
  • Onsite exams
  • Examination vouchers*
  • Practice tests**
  • Certification Guarantee***
  • Courseware
  • Up-to 12 hours of instructor-led training each day
  • 24-hour lab access
  • Hands-on training through Lecture | Lab | ReviewTM
  • Digital courseware (if available)
  • * Exam vouchers may not be included for Apprentices and will require a separate purchase by an employer due to ESFA guidelines
  • ** Not on all courses
  • *** Pass first time or train again free (just pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs)

See Prerequisites...

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

Unsure whether you meet the prerequisites? Don’t worry. Your training consultant will discuss your background with you to understand if this course is right for you.

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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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"Very intense course. Excellent instructor"
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