Advanced Online OSINT Training for the Private Sector (Online Delivery)

An Online Advanced Open Source Intelligence Training for Corporate Researchers & Private Investigators

A Blended Online OSINT Training (BOOT)
This is an 'open' course. Employees from different organisations and self-employed people may attend.

Course Code Class: BOOT-R-A

CPD Credits: 40 Hours


The advanced course introduces the trainee to all aspects of investigating online resources to locate intelligence and material. The Foundation component teaches the structure and legality of the process and explains how to stay safe while being effective.
The investigative techniques taught include advanced searching of Google and other search engines, the special techniques required to locate and effectively research the multitude of social media platforms and hundreds of online databases, websites, images, e-mails and other messaging applications and other online resources such as marketplaces, blogs, forums, archives, gaming and gambling platforms, and technical assets that include but are not limited to domains, networks and the dark web.


The trainee will acquire the capability to safely deploy an investigation, in compliance with the legislation and how to locate and connect people and organisations through their online activity, even where an entity might have no intended on-line presence. The trainee will have the capability to safely gather intelligence and material, grade the evidence and compose a report with all of the attributes required for safe and effective litigation and where required, with graphic presentations of the evidence.



Module 1
Introduction to the training

Introducing the process of the course, your trainer & Axeten

Introducing OSINT Capabilities

The Use of Open Source Intelligence in Investigations.  This module is mandatory

Introducing the Research Process

The Process of Online Research into People. This module is mandatory

Module 2
Legislation & Policies

Relevant to OSINT in the UK & Europe. The Public Authority version of this module is significantly longer, covering IPA2016 & CPS Guidelines

Module 3
Creating and Managing a False Persona

Explains and demonstrates the set up of an effective online false persona for OSINT research purposes

Module 4
Computer Security & Footprints

Explains and demonstrates how a computer can be kept safe and how its on-line footprint can be identified & altered

Module 5
Understanding the Internet & Investigating Websites

Explains how the Internet developed, its structure and the basic processes of investigating websites

Module 6
Google & Advanced Search Techniques

Explains how best to carry out online research using Google, the most popular search engine

Other Search Engines & Meta Search Engines

Explains how best to carry out online research using a variety of search engines, to locate relevant information

Module 7
Introduction to Social Media Platforms & Messaging Applications

Identifying People Through Their Social Media Activities. Introduction to messaging applications and emulators

LinkedIn & Similar Platforms

Demonstrates the wealth of information stored on the social media site LinkedIn and other similar sites. Includes practical tasks

Module 8
Photo & Video Social Media Platforms

Demonstrates the wealth of information available from digital images, from the popular photo & video related social media sites such as Instagram & YouTube. Includes practical tasks.

Twitter Research

Demonstrates the wealth of information stored on the popular social media platform, Twitter. Includes practical examples

Module 9
Facebook Research

Demonstrates the wealth of information stored on the popular social media platform, Facebook and how to use advanced techniques to find accurate and valuable information. Includes practical tasks

Other Social Media Platforms

Introduces to the trainee to a number of popular social media sites that they may not have yet encountered, including VK / OK. Includes practical tasks

Module 10
Databases & How To Use Them as An Investigative Resource

Introduces and demonstrates the many databases available to an OSINT researcher

Module 11
Researching People Using Blogs, Forums & Similar Platforms

Demonstrates the wealth of information stored in blogs, forums & similar sites and how to use advanced OSINT techniques to find assist in identifying those posting to them or using them

Researching People Using Online Sales & Auctions Sites

Shows the delegates the search tools and techniques to use to identify those behind postings & accounts for online sales and auction sites

Module 12
Researching Digital Images & Photographs Online

This module covers the number of investigative options open to you when Researching Digital Images & Photographs from Online site

Module 13
Understanding Emails as an Investigative Resource

Explains and demonstrates the structure of an email address and how to trace all types of email

Module 14
Other Investigative Resources

Demonstrates how to use other investigative techniques available to the OSINT researcher, (including Document Identification & The Internet of Things). Includes practical tasks

An Introduction To The Dark Web

Provides an overview of the Dark Web with specific information relating to safe research

Module 15
Grading Open Source Intelligence

A practical look at grading Open Source Intelligence

OSINT Research Reporting & Flowcharts

Graphic reporting techniques

This Advanced Open Source Intelligence training has 15 modules.
If you do not want to take all 15 modules, one of our 5 to 11 module courses might work for you.
If that doesn't work, and you have 12 or more trainees, consider a customised private training.
If that doesn't work, contact Axeten, tell us what you want, and we'll do our best to deliver.

Prepare for the Live Online Training, with study at home, in the office or while traveling on public transport.
The Axeten Blended Online OSINT Training provides flexibility, while delivering an up-to-date and comprehensive Open Source Intelligence training service.
We find that the slower delivery over 16 weeks, allows for better retention of information, than an intensive 5 day classroom training.

Also, the Blended Online OSINT Training causes less disruption for the Private business processes.
Delegates might have the opportunity to apply what they have learned to their regular work processes, immediately.

Each Live Online Training is delivered in the morning, within the UTC 0 time zone.
Axeten has the capacity to deliver in other time zones.

The typical weekly study time requirement, varies from 2 to 3 hours, depending on the module and the delegate's existing knowledge.

A new course starts approximately every 2 months.
Each Advanced OSINT course has 15 modules providing a term of 16 weeks with 15 Live Online Training events.

On the assigned day of each week, by e-mail one module of the Blended Online OSINT Training material, is delivered to each delegate.
The material is in Printed Document Format (PDF).
Within the following seven days, the delegate should study the material provided and perform any practical examples.

On the same day of the following week, the Live Online Training will be available to all delegates.
By e-mail, each delegate is sent a reminder, 24 hours and 1 hour before the upcoming Live Online Training commences.

Live Online Training (LOT) events are delivered on Tuesday and Wednesdays
Once a day of the week is established, the subsequent LOTs take place on the same day of the week, at the same time.
The typical duration of a LOT is 120 minutes, though the duration can range from 75 to 150 minutes for some modules

Each Live Online Training will commence with a Q&A session; so delegates can ask any questions concerning the current module.
After that, the trainer will cover the salient points of the module in some detail.
Processing modules are packed with real-time live demonstrations.
The trainer might set a short quiz to see how you are doing.

The intention is that, by the end of each Live Online Training, every delegate shall have the capacity to perform the OSINT research relevant to the current module.
At the end of the Blended Online OSINT Training, monthly updates to changes in the OSINT space are provided by e-mail to each delegate that signs up for the monthly OSINT newsletter.

The Live Online Training is delivered through the secure GoToTraining platform,
that can be accessed from your office, from the delegate's home or even from a mobile device.
The smartphone app is excellent. It really is viable to attend the Live Online Training, on a mobile device.
However, to fully participate and to perform any tasks set by the trainer, during the Live Online Training, it's always more productive to be using a computer with two monitors.

At the end of each weekly Live Online Training, any client might request that each of their delegates should take a short online test.

The tests are not mandatory, but it is recommended that all delegates take the tests. They allow each trainee to assess their progress and to become familiar with the process, which is the same in the Final Exam.

At the end of the Advanced Online OSINT Training, there is an option for each trainee to take the final exam and receive a certificate.

With no extra cost, one person within the client Organisation, who has an oversight requirement, shall have the capability to engage in any Live Online Training.
The person with oversight has the right to engage with the trainer and to ask any questions

Also, a request can be made to Axeten to record the Live Online Training.
There is no additional fee for the recording service.
Delegates can login and then watch and listen to the recording.

Scope: A comprehensive and extensive training course, covering all matters relating to OSINT.

Audience: Designed for Corporate researchers and Private investigators.

Jurisdiction: The Legal and Policy module relates primarily to the UK. Otherwise, the principles taught relate to any jurisdiction. Axeten is developing Legal and Policy modules for other jurisdictions.

Provisioning: PDF files and interactive Live Online training.

Format: One module each week. Starting with the PDFs and ending with the interactive Live Online training.

Duration: 16 weeks, or less depending on your module selection.

Requirements: No specialist equipment is required, just a standard desktop or laptop computer with a good Internet connection and a Firefox Browser. A webcam & a microphone is optional.

Data Protection: Each organisation and all its trainees, that take the training are responsible for protecting the data that might be processed during the training. Do not leak data to corporate interests. To do this, avoid the use of the Chrome or Edge Browsers.

Copyright: Each recipient of the training is obliged to protect the course material. There is no right to distribute the material to anyone else. This includes people inside your organisation.

Security: Each recipient of the training, and any purchasing organisation,  is obliged to ensure that all computers and devices used during the course, are not compromised, so the material is not distributed unintentionally.

Weekly Tests: These are optional. The client organisation can set the pass mark, and where a pass allows the trainee to progress to the next module.

Examination Availability: Each trainee has the option to take a final exam.

Examination Pass Mark: Pass mark is set by the client organization. Otherwise, it is 70%.

Certification: All trainees that pass the final exam have the option to request a certificate. On request, the mark attained shall display on the certificate.

Accreditation: CPD Credits: 40 Hours

Volume Discount: 10% on any single Purchase Order for 10 or more places.

Deferred Training: Using training seats purchased at a discount: All trainees shall commence a training within 12 months of the date of the purchase order.

Sign-up: Please contact Axeten to sign-up for the training or to request more information.

September 2021 Advanced OSINT Course
Course Code: BOOT-R-A-21-09

Open to anyone with an OSINT remit

CPD Credits:
40 Hours
Start on:
Wednesday 8 September 2021
First live online training:
Wednesday 15 September 2021
Last live online training:
Wednesday 22 December 2021
Weekly live online training:
11 am BST each Week

15 Modules over 16 weeks

£752+VAT per trainee
December 2021 Advanced OSINT Course
Course Code: BOOT-R-A-21-12

Open to anyone with an OSINT remit

CPD Credits:
40 Hours
Start on:
Wednesday 29 December 2021
First live online training:
Wednesday 5 January 2022
Last live online training:
Wednesday 13 April 2022
Weekly live online training:
11 am GMT each week

15 modules over 16 weeks

£752+VAT per trainee
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