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Open Source Intelligence

Stay safe from cyber threat

Protect your privacy and become data-minded


Are you interested in the fascinating world of cybersecurity? The key concept you should master is Open Source Intelligence (OSINT). You may be asking yourself, what is OSINT? How can I make use of it? What are the benefits of it for me and my company? McMaster Continuing Education's Open Source Intelligence Certificate of Completion can help answer all of these questions for you. 

What is OSINT? 

Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) has been defined as "any and all information that can be derived from overt collection: all types of media, government reports and other documents, scientific research and reports, commercials vendors of information, the internet, and so on." 

How can I make use of it?

With the exponential increase of publicly-available information in virtually every aspect of modern life, new methods of researching, locating, assessing, aggregating, and exploiting information to glean insights and take appropriate action are quickly becoming as essential for humans as the ability to read or write. Thus, what was once predominantly the domain of select state-run intelligence organizations has now expanded to include any business, law enforcement and public safety organizations, military, media, investigative journalists, and the public sector to name a few. Understanding and practicing OSINT can help keep you and your company safe from cyber threat. 

What are the benefits of OSINT for me and my company?

By taking the Open Source Intelligence Certificate of Completion, you'll be able to 

  • Apply advanced research techniques to find relevant information on issues of interest from a wide range of sources
  • Recognize cyber threats and safeguard your safety and privacy online
  • Accurately assess the value and quality of online sources and data
  • Design tools and processes to collect and manage date from online and traditional sources
  • Use various tools and methods to monitor online and social media sources in real time
  • Process information, produce reports, and apply appropriate and useful metadata 
  • Structure and prepare data for analysis and visualization 
  • Conduct basic and advanced analysis of collected data and construct predictive models to forecast possible future outcomes