Learn about new features, changes, and improvements to UpGuard: Open source intelligence (OSINT) is the process of identifying, harvesting, processing, analyzing, and reporting data obtained from publicly available sources for intelligence purposes. Open source intelligence analysts use specialized methods to explore the diverse landscape of open source intelligence and pinpoint any data that meets their objectives.
Below are some examples of offline and online information used for open source intelligence.
OPSEC is the process of identifying friendly actions that could be useful for a potential attacker if properly analyzed and grouped with other data to reveal critical information or sensitive data.
The US Code defines the legal use of open source intelligence as "... intelligence that is produced from publicly available information and is collected, exploited, and disseminated in a timely manner to an appropriate audience for the purpose of addressing a specific intelligence requirement."