OSINT Certification Course & Training

Our OSINT certification course and training for open source intelligence (OSINT), the process of collecting and analyzing publicly available information that can be exploited by adversaries. Learn techniques for gathering intelligence from public data sources and how to leverage this knowledge to defend your organization from those who wish to do harm.


Course Content

Course Description

OSINT certification course and training for those that have spent anytime around cybersecurity, particularly Social Engineering, you have probably come across OSINT, which stands for Open Source Intelligence.

This OSINT course aims to provide a foundational understanding of OSINT:

1. What OSINT is
2. Who uses OSINT
3. Ethics and moral implications of the use of OSINT
4. OSINT as a process-stage of a cyber attack"


This course does not have any prerequisites, but technical terminology knowledge such as "social engineering" is a great plus.

Study Resources  

  • OSINT Course Goals

    By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the OSINT cycle
  • Interpret the possible vectors of an investigation
  • Understand how different tools work
  • Conduct a basic OSINT investigation
  • Prepare for the next steps in studying OSINT
  • What is Open Source Intelligence?

    Open source intelligence is the most widely used subtype of threat intelligence. It’s a kind of intelligence that has some ethical implications, and because of that, there are laws that govern how it’s gathered.

    OSINT is defined by the following characteristics:

  • It’s produced from information that is publicly available
  • It’s gathered, analyzed, and disseminated to the appropriate audience in a timely manner
  • It addresses specific intelligence requirements

  • The key phrase that students must remember is "publicly available." That means that the intelligence that is collected must be done legally.

    Here, open source means that the information that is gathered is available for public consumption.

    What Does the OSINT Course Entail?

    In this OSINT training course, students will have the opportunity to learn the basics of open source intelligence. The topics that will be covered include defining what exactly OSINT is, who uses it, and what the ethical and moral aspects of the practice are.

    The course objectives for the OSINT class are:
    * To understand the OSINT cycle
    * To interpret possible routes of investigations
    * To understand how various tools work
    * To conduct a simple OSINT investigation
    * To prepare for further study of OSINT

    This course has a total clock time of 51 minutes. Students who complete the course will earn 1 CEU/CPE and receive a Certificate of Completion.

    How is Open Source Intelligence Used?

    Typically, in cybersecurity, open source intelligence is used in two common cases, ethical hacking and penetration testing and to identify external threats.


    Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing

    Cybersecurity professionals use open source intelligence to determine where there are weaknesses or vulnerabilities in friendly networks so they can mitigate them before they are exploited by real threats. Some of the most commonly found weaknesses that are found using open source intelligence include the following:
    * Open ports or unsecured internet connected devices
    * Unpatched software
    * Exposed or leaked proprietary assets
    * Accidental leaks of sensitive information (like through social media)


    Identifying External Threats

    Using OSINT, cybersecurity professionals are often able to gain insights into an organization’s most critical threats. This may include identifying new vulnerabilities that are actively being exploited to intercepting threat chatter about an impending cyberattack. Open source intelligence allows cybersecurity personnel to prioritize time and resources to deal with the most crucial threats promptly.

    Why is Open Source Intelligence Important?

    Open source intelligence can be very useful to organizations because of its inherently public nature and its ability to save resources. The latter being its most significant benefit overall.

    Because the information gathered is publicly available, the expense required to gather it is far less than comparable classified information gathering. Additionally, OSINT is important for the following reasons:

    – There are many crimes (selling illegal products, scams, phishing, etc.) being committed all the time online and through social media. OSINT can help identify the evidence of criminal activity, geolocation, the account holder, and other relevant information.
    – Organizations’ HR departments benefit from using OSINT to gather information about prospective and existing employees – especially using social media.

    Nearly every industry, organization, and individual can benefit from having OSINT knowledge. Whether it is for identifying threats or learning how to minimize their own exposure, it’s important knowledge to have.

    If you are interested in learning about open source intelligence in cybersecurity, our OSINT training course will be an ideal course for you.

    Enrolling in the course is simple, just click on the Register button in the top right corner of this screen to begin.

    This course is part of a Career Path:
    Penetration Tester Career Path

    Penetration Testers are professional ethical hackers. They are responsible for assessing an organization's defenses from the perspective of a threat actor. This program is designed to provide you with the foundational knowledge and key skills required to succeed as an entry-level Penetration Tester. Over the course of 22 courses and hands-on virtual labs, you will learn Offensive Security Fundamentals, Reconnaissance and Enumeration, Application Attacks, Network Attacks, and Evasion.

    Instructed by

    Tino Sokic

    I am a security professional and a systems engineer (read: geek). The combination of various IT certifications and my attendance of law school has generated one great love to Cyber Security. I have spent most of my IT career acquiring knowledge and skills in large systems as well as working with customers as an entrepreneur and CEO of my own company. I am proud of my/our website (Croatian: classroom) which is the biggest regional website that provides free tutorials and how to’s about technology. I really enjoy doing Security Awareness trainings, IT workshops, seminars, speaking at conferences and vulnerability testing. I have worked as a network and security engineer at one of the biggest Croatian Motorway companies from which I have developed my love for cyber security and raising the global security awareness. In my private time I play the guitar and sing - actually I do a gig once or twice a year at a local coffee shop or restaurant. Besides playing, I enjoy reading, recreational running, walking my little Yorkie and traveling with my wife.

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    Complete this entire course to earn a OSINT Certification Course & Training Certificate of Completion