OSINT is drawn from publicly available multilingual material, including:

  • The Internet
  • Traditional mass media (e.g. television, radio, newspapers, magazines)
  • Social Media
  • Photos
  • Specialized journals, conference proceedings, academic and think tank studies
  • Geospatial information (e.g. maps and commercial imagery products)

An organization that invests in open source today is akin to an individual who invested in Google in its first year. OSINT has always been an integral component in intelligence … An organization with an appreciation for OSINT’s value and potential will be the most effective in the future.