Open Source Cyber Investigations Vancouver BC



Open Source Cyber Investigations Vancouver BC

An Open Source, Cyber or Desk investigation is typically conducted from an Investigator’s desk and generally not in the field or out of the office.  This type of investigation has evolved over the past many years, so much so, that many investigations are conducted solely from a computer. Social media such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and alike have helped shape the investigative process.


Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) is defined as: the collection and analysis of information that is gathered from public, or open, sources. OSINT is primarily used in national security, law enforcement, and business intelligence functions and is of value to analysts who use non-sensitive intelligence in answering classified, unclassified, or proprietary intelligence requirements across the previous intelligence disciplines.

OSINT sources can be divided up into 6 different categories of information flow:

  • Media:, print newspapers, magazines, radio, and television from across and between countries.

  • Internet, online publications, blogs, discussion groups, citizen media (i.e. – cell phone videos, and user created content), YouTube, and other social media websites (i.e. – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.). This source also outpaces a variety of other sources due to its timeliness and ease of access.

  • Public Government Data, public government reports, budgets, hearings, telephone directories, press conferences, websites, and speeches. Although this source comes from an official source they are publicly accessible and may be used openly and freely.

  • Professional and Academic Publications, information acquired from journals, conferences, symposia, academic papers, dissertations, and theses.

  • Commercial Data, commercial imagery, financial and industrial assessments, and databases.

  • Grey literature, technical reports, preprints, patents, working papers, business documents, unpublished works, and newsletter


OSINT is distinguished from research in that it applies the process of investigative intelligence, tailored for a specific client need and requirements, pertaining to both individuals and groups.  

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