OSINT? Part of your business?

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OSINT? Part of your business?

I don’t necessarily pride myself (that would be a little too cocky) but I believe I am somewhat informed on relevant technology as it relates to search, metadata, taxonomies, etc. I can (sometimes) stump the boss but this time he stumped me with the term OSINT (open source intelligence). I can honestly say I had no idea what it is. So back to the ‘trusted’ Wikipedia source which states:

“Open source intelligence (OSINT) is a form of intelligence collection management that involves finding, selecting, and acquiring information from publicly available sources and analyzing it to produce actionable intelligence. In the intelligence community (IC), the term “open” refers to overt, publicly available sources (as opposed to covert or classified sources); it is not related to open-source software or public intelligence.

OSINT is distinguished from research in that it applies the process of intelligence to create tailored knowledge supportive of a specific decision by a specific individual or group.”

It’s actually a rather fascinating subject. To certain government agencies and specifically Intelligence communities I can clearly understand the importance of OSINT. Most likely a requirement. However, let’s consider a large organization (or could be mid-size or small), would they (or do they) use OSINT for Competitive Intelligence, Business Intelligence, and/or Commercial Intelligence remembering that according to Wikipedia, it is different than research.

One of the examples for business in the Wikipedia definition in addition to the above included information brokers and private investigators that includes media, deep web, web 2.0 and commercial content as sources for OSINT. Again, understand that one.

Does your organization use OSINT? Can you share why?

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