A Foundation OSINT Training for the Private Sector

A Foundation Course for Open Source Intelligence, to prepare for Legally Safe & Effective Investigations. 

A Blended Online OSINT Training (BOOT)
This is an 'open' course for the private sector

Course Code Class: BOOT-R-F

If you do not know how to comply with the law, do not investigate.

Legislation that governs OSINT Research:-

  • ECHR & the Human Rights Act 1998
  • Civil Procedure Rules (CPR)
  • Computer Mis-use Act 1990
  • GDPR & the Data Protection Act 2018

Learn how to stay safe when you investigate:-

  • The reasons why Investigators should use a False Persona
  • Creating a legal and effective False Persona
  • Maintaining a False Persona
  • Awareness of a digital footprint
  • Vulnerabilities of a digital footprint
  • How to obscure a footprint & stay safe

Now we are ready to commence:-

  • Understanding the Internet
  • Domain Names
  • Basic principles of online investigations


PRICE: £246 + VAT per delegate

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Follow on with another short course of your choice.
As there is no need to take Module 1 again, the total price is reduced by £50.

Discounts apply



Module 1 is mandatory for all Axeten courses

No. Module Name Description
1A Introduction to the training Introducing the process of the course, your trainer & Axeten
1B Introducing OSINT Part 1 The Use of Open Source Intelligence in Investigations.
1C Introducing OSINT Part 2 Implications of Undertaking Online Research about People.
2 Legislation & Policies Relevant to OSINT in the UK & Europe.
3 Creating and Managing a False Persona Explains and demonstrates the set up of an effective online false persona for OSINT research purposes
4 Computer Security & Footprints Explains and demonstrates how a computer can be kept safe and how its on-line footprint can be identified & altered
5 Understanding The Internet & Investigating Websites Explains how the Internet developed, its structure of Domain Name and the basic process of investigating websites, which has changed a lot since the GDPR and derivative legislation which was covered in Module 2


Axeten reserves the right to push back the start date of any 'open' training by no more than one month.

In the near future, the capability to select modules and benefit from discount pricing will display here.
In the interim, please make any request with the form.



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 6 weeks, allows for better retention of information, than an intensive 2-day classroom training.

Also, the Blended Online OSINT Training causes less disruption for the Public Authority business processes.
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 required, varies from 2 to 3 hours, depending on the module and the delegate's existing knowledge.



Each OSINT Foundation course has 5 modules with 5 Live Online Training events, delivered over 6 weeks.

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.

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.



One Live Online Training is provided each week.

The average duration is 75 minutes, but exceptionally, they can be as short as 30 minutes and as long as 150 minutes.

The trainer is a highly experienced, ex-law enforcement officer.

Each Live Online Training training will commence with a Q&A session; so delegates can ask any questions concerning the current module.

The trainer provides explanations and where necessary, live demonstrations, so that all delegates are sure they understand the subject matter of the current module.
Then, the trainer will set a quiz for the delegates, and depending on the results;
the trainer will discuss with the trainees, the outcome of the quiz and any wider implications concerning the module subject matter.
The trainer will exercise the option to deliver more live demonstrations for the trainees to observe.
After that, there might be another Q&A.

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.

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 Social Media 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.



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



At the end of the Social Media OSINT Training, there is an option to take the final exam and receive a certificate.



With no extra cost, one person within the client Public Authority, 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.

Axeten constantly updates the training material, so that even the most experienced of researchers might be made aware of new techniques that might compensate for other techniques that have been excluded.



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

Audience: Designed for Law Enforcement, and any Public Authority employees with a research mandate.

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 except the second week where there is no module. Every other week starts with the PDFs and ends with the interactive Live Online training.

Duration: 6 weeks. Plus 1 week to prepare for the optional exam.

Technical Requirements: No specialist equipment is required, just a standard desktop or laptop computer with a good Internet connection and a Firefox Browser. A webcam and a microphone are 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 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 80%.

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: Currently, the course is not independently accredited. However, a combination of the quality and extent of the material, the examination and the verifiable certificate, allows students and employers to rely on the Axeten Blended Online OSINT Training

Volume Discount: On a single Purchase Order over £10,000, excluding VAT.

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.

February OSINT Foundation Course

Open to anyone with an OSINT remit

Course Code BOOT-R-F-21-3

Starts on: Wednesday 24 March 2021

5 Modules over 6 weeks

Optional Exam: 1 week prep time

First Live Online Training: Wednesday 31 March

Live Online Training: 10:30 am GMT each Week

Ends on: 28 April 2021

Price: £246+VAT per trainee