Introduction to Open Source Intelligence

This course is for those interested in learning about open-source intelligence.


Who should take this course? 

  • This course is for those in investigative roles such as analysts and researchers.

When Offered

  • Online
  • Course length: 2 weeks


  • Familiarity with the Internet and social media

Course Goals 

Upon the successful completion of this program, students will be able to competently understand the basics of open-source intelligence.

The student will learn the following:

  • Understand what OSINT is and how it’s used

  • Where and how to start research

  • Understand ethical issues and other challenges related to OSINT

  • Commonly used OSINT tools, frameworks, and many other resources that can be applied to investigations

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Apply open source techniques with using search engines effectively
  • Identify the target data within one's own scope of work
  • Understand the ethics and challenges when conducting open-source research
  • Gather various resources for open source researching, and learn to validate the tools used.
  • Learn how to engage with the OSINT community 

Students will require the following:

  • Laptop or desktop computer
  • Reliable internet connection
  • Unrestricted Internet access to websites and ability to download software

Course Evaluation

  • Specific course evaluation information will be provided by the instructor at the start of the course.
  • Most courses have short quizzes at the end of each unit.
  • Typically, most of the courses are either a P/F or require the student to finish the course with a 70% average.

Why is this course different from other OSINT courses?

  • Ritu has recent and relevant investigative knowledge and experience and provides practical tips and tricks to support investigations.
  • Ritu also offers a unique perspective on issues that affect Canadian investigators. 


Course Content

Module 1 Introduction to Open Source Intelligence
Unit 1 Copyright  
Unit 2 Introduction  
Unit 3 What is Open Source Intelligence?  
Unit 4 Passive versus Active OSINT Research  
Unit 5 OSINT Process  
Unit 6 Where Can You Find Open Source Information?  
Unit 7 Who Uses OSINT for Good?  
Unit 8 Ethics and OSINT  
Unit 9 OSINT Challenges  
Unit 10 Target Data  
Unit 11 Where Do You Start? Browsers and Search Engines  
Unit 12 Advanced Search Operators and Special Characters  
Unit 13 OSINT Frameworks  
Unit 14 Commonly Used ​OSINT Tools  
Unit 15 Validating OSINT Tools  
Unit 16 Protecting Your Environment  
Unit 17 Resources to learn about OSINT  
Unit 18 How to Get Involved in the OSINT Community?  
Unit 19 OSINT Communities to Join  
Unit 20 5 traits/habits of a successful OSINT Investigator  
Unit 21 OSINT Conferences  
Unit 22 Course Survey