How To Build a Complete OSINT Strategy in 5 Steps

Paula HingleyOSINT

OSINT_Strategy

Ten years ago, open source information was scarce. Finding information about companies and people was primarily done with a phone book. It’s no secret that this has changed dramatically since the dawn of the smartphone.In recent years, open source intelligence (OSINT) is has taken on a whole new meaning. People of all ages and demographics have become very comfortable with … Read More

Why The Best OSINT Tools Use Geofencing Technology

Karl SwannieOSINT

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Open-source intelligence (OSINT) isn’t new. Professionals in the intelligence industry have been leveraging open-source data such as search engines, social media, and other public platforms for years. However, the technology that OSINT tools are using to gather data is changing, and quickly. The newest technology? Geofencing. Why your OSINT tool should have geofencing capabilities You’re probably already using social media … Read More

8 Ways you Should be Using your Competitive Intelligence Software

Paula HingleyBrand Protection, OSINT

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What is Competitive Intelligence? Competitive intelligence is loosely defined as the process of gathering actionable information on your business’s competitive environment. If you run a business, or any aspect of a business, you are probably well aware that a business’s competitive environment is a vast and often unruly place. Therefore, the ‘process’ mentioned above can encompass many things. Essentially, competitive intelligence … Read More

5 Industries that Are Using Twitter Monitoring Tools to Get Ahead

Paula HingleyAsset Monitoring, Brand Protection, OSINT

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“I don’t believe in social media.” It’s a phrase we hear fairly often when we’re showing our platform at events across many industries. The pervasiveness of social media in recent years has left many people disdained and disgruntled. Whether or not you ‘like’ social media, you’re living under a behemoth rock if you still don’t ‘believe’ in it. It’s so … Read More

What is VK and Why Should You Care?

Kira KirkGeneral, OSINT

VKontakte (VK) is ranked second globally for social networks, so why haven’t you heard of it? [Tweet this] If you ask Google ‘What is VK?’ very little comes up. The search results contain articles that often give conflicting information. Most of the links that return are out of date. To understand what VK is all about, we have to dig a bit … Read More

Building BC Firemap Plus: Mapping Wildfires using Open Data

Neil JohnstonOSINT

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Mapping Wildfires – British Columbia 2017 I’ve run head first into the internet connectivity divide; my parents, located north of Williams Lake near Soda Creek have been put under Evacuation Order – they do not have internet.  I, surrounded by connectivity, have discovered an evacuation order for their area at 8:00PM – it had been posted online at 2:09PM.  My … Read More

What is fake news? And how to spot it.

EchosecOSINT

What is Fake News? On June 1st, 1897, The New York Herald published an article claiming that famous American writer Mark Twain was “grievously ill and possibly dying.” The following day, Twain was quoted by The New York Journal as saying, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” In those days, such rumours would have been called ‘untruths,’ ‘false … Read More

The Top 4 Ways a Social Media Map Can Help in a Disaster

Kira KirkEmergency Response, OSINT

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A Real-Time Social Media Map When disasters occur, we all want to help. A real-time social media map is one of the fastest ways to get emergency responders where they need to be. Since Echosec is a leader in location-based social media search and discovery, we thought we would share some actions our clients take in a disaster response scenario … Read More

What Is Reddit? And Why Should You Care?

Paula HingleyGeneral, OSINT

The brainchild of a couple of college roommates, Reddit is the 7th most visited website in the US and 22nd in the world. A whopping 500 million people log in each month. Users of the site (known as “Redditors”) appreciate the democratic nature of the site. Instead of organizing posts by recency, the site is structured in a way where … Read More