Getting into OSINT

Resources for those looking to get into OSINT or advance their existing OSINT knowledge

I’ve been asked by a few people how to get into OSINT recently, so thought I’d put together a brief guide to resources, voices, and courses that will help you if you want to pursue a career in OSINT or just learn OSINT techniques to bolster your skillset.

Buy OSINT Techniques by Michael Bazzell

Pretty much the bible of OSINT, this book contains easy-to-follow, step-by-step guides on how to collect information from a comprehensive selection of open-sources, including social media, websites, phone numbers, emails, and much more. I can’t recommend this book highly enough as a starting point.

You can buy it from Amazon by clicking here.

Check out the Bellingcat website is absolutely packed full of real-life case studies, guides to conducting OSINT investigations, and articles based on OSINT produced by the agency.

Follow OSINT voices on LinkedIn

As well as posting useful OSINT tips and resources, some of them also provide courses. Voices I would recommend to start with are:

N.B. If you regularly post OSINT content on LinkedIn, get in touch and I’ll add you to the list

Sign up to The OSINT Newsletter

Produced by Jake Creps, The OSINT Newsletter provides OSINT news, community posts, tactics, techniques, and tools to help you become a better investigator.

Have a look at these free courses

Swayam Sopnic posted this fantastic list of free OSINT courses on LinkedIn

1. Introduction to OSINT(Security Blue Team ) - 

2.Introduction to Dark Web Operations(Security Blue Team ) -


4. Open-source Intelligence ( Basel Institute on Governance ) - 

5.Betrayal (Kase Scenarios ) - 

6.Maltego for Cybercrime Investigations (Maltego Technologies ) - 

7. Osint Workshop (Cyber Institute) -

Join Hacktoria

Hacktoria is a gamified learning platform that allows individuals to learn Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and Cybersecurity through a series of capture the flag (CTF) exercises with varying difficulty levels. The platform caters to both beginners and professionals, providing access to a community of like-minded individuals who are willing and able to assist in learning and offer insights on career progression within the field. Through these CTF-style challenges, users can acquire practical skills and knowledge in a hands-on and engaging manner.

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