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IMA Webinar Broadcast: Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) Level 1 – Fundamentals of OSINT

February 9, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm PST

*Please note:  This class is eligible for 4 CPE credits from ASIS

Building on the Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) Courses held in the past two years, InfraGard Los Angeles Members Alliance (IGLA) and C-T Watch, Inc. have collaborated on building a much more robust and comprehensive course curriculum to address the knowledge gaps and recommendations made by our private and public partners in security, law enforcement, critical infrastructure protection and fusion centers. We are proud to introduce the “6 Levels of OSINT” which will address the core fundamentals behind open-source information (OSIF) and open-source intelligence (OSINT). This OSINT curriculum will take you through an organized learning journey designed for every level of experience starting with the core foundations of open–source information and intelligence to the direction of research, SOCMINT, tradecraft, collection, sources, tools, report writing all the way to the legalities and operational safety of the attendees. Completion of all six levels will ensure that each attendee receives a comprehensive understanding of the core fundamentals of open-source intelligence (OSINT).




This course is the absolute foundation to beginning an Open-Source Intelligence investigation. While geared towards those just starting to explore the discipline, this course will have information and techniques for both the seasoned and entry-level alike. The course begins with a survey of OSINT, what it is, what it is not, and how it enables other disciplines, then moves to collection considerations as it relates to collection, storage, and destruction of data. The course then examines OSINT techniques to gather intelligence from images and is finalized with a discussion of usernames and further enumeration techniques. These sources can also be used to conduct thorough background checks on potential employees. All resources can be applied to domestic and international investigations.



1. What is OSINT?

a. Enablement of Adjacent disciplines

b. Example use-case scenarios

2. Understanding Chain of Custody/Evidence

a. Collection and Preservation

b. Storage

c. Retention

d. Destruction

3. Image OSINT

a. Metadata

b. Reverse Searching

4. Usernames and Further enumeration

a. Pivoting

b. Other accounts

c. Analysis


Who can attend: InfraGard Members, Public Safety (Law/Health/Fire), Terrorism Liaison Officers (TLO’s), Infrastructure Liaison Officers (ILO’s), Private Sector Security, Area Stakeholders, all Critical Infrastructure Sectors, Intelligence Analysts, Intelligence Officers and Private Investigators.



A native of Eastern Tennessee, SME is an Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) and investigations expert specializing in assessing public information for evaluating external risks, finding missing persons, threat modeling, and operations security. The SME possess several cybersecurity industry certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) and GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH®). SME is a former Navy Submarine Navigation Electronics Technician and transitioned into the private sector offering collaborative attitude and expertise to support a variety of organizations, both public and private in implementing better cybersecurity

For additional information or training questions, please contact IGLATraining@infragardlosangeles.org.