Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) Training

Equipping investigators with the right training and resources to further their investigations.

OSINT Training & Resources

SANS provides comprehensive training, certification, and resources for Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) techniques, empowering analysts with the skills and tools necessary to collect and analyze publicly available information to support investigations, critical decision-making, and improve overall security posture.


  • OSINT stands for Open-Source Intelligence, which refers to collecting and analyzing information from publicly available sources, such as news articles, social media, and government reports, to gain insights and intelligence.

  • OSINT is a crucial component of security because it can benefit almost everyone in every industry. Government and intelligence agencies can gather information on potential security threats, monitor geopolitical events, and support decision-making. Law enforcement agencies collect information on criminal activities, monitor criminal networks, and support investigations. Businesses and financial organizations gather competitive intelligence, monitor market trends, and identify potential risks to their operations. Cybersecurity professionals identify and monitor cyber threats, collect information on vulnerabilities, and support incident response and threat intelligence efforts.

  • Open-source data is used in various ways, including market research, competitive intelligence, and risk management. Security professionals use it to monitor and analyze trends, gain insights into consumer behavior, and inform strategic decisions.

  • OSINT can help with various security threats, such as cyber threats, financial fraud, terrorism, and organized crime. It can provide valuable information to help identify and mitigate risks and improve overall security.

  • Some of the issues with Open Source Intelligence include the quality and reliability of the information, the potential for misinformation, and ethical considerations surrounding the use of publicly available data.

  • Some popular OSINT tools include Maltego, Spiderfoot, and some custom Python tools, but the most essential tools are a curious nature and a web browser!

  • Some OSINT techniques include utilizing search engines to their full potential, social media analysis, and gathering data through various methods, including scraping and finding historical information.

  • OSINT tools are used by various organizations, including government agencies such as law enforcement and intelligence agencies, as well as private sector businesses for cyber threat intelligence, market research, recruiting, and competitive intelligence.

  • Enterprise security teams can use OSINT to provide valuable insights and information to help identify and mitigate risks. It can identify potential security threats and research other risks to the organization and its employees.

  • We all use OSINT every day! You found this webpage by searching for it! Improving your OSINT skills starts with figuring out which skills you would like to improve and researching how you can make that happen. It’s a never-ending process driven by curiosity and passion.


Read what others have to say about SANS courses.
Very relevant information is provided that can be deployed immediately even by novice users. Excellent!
Shay Christensen
This content is the next level for OSINT researchers. It fills in the areas that I have not been using but wanted to learn.
Janie Brewer
- Oracle
Business intelligence is a topic near and dear to me and Matt did a fantastic job covering not just the how-tos of collecting and analyzing company data, but also providing the real world context.
Sammy Shin
Very relevant material that provided a lot of good resources for my day to day work.
Christopher Brown