Remote working is driving the discovery and use of open-source intelligence tools and techniques.
The Open-Source Intelligence OSINT toolkit combines the OSINT framework with a list of suitable tools. The listing of tools is the result of crowdsourcing by OSINT community members on GitHub and data from i-intelligence’s OSINT Tools and Resources 2020 Handbook .
When you first see the OSINT Toolkit, you probably think, blimey! Where do I start? The key is to build a workflow that uses a mix of tools and techniques to achieve a required outcome. Here is a useful guide on creating an OSINT workflow from @tenacioustek, Here is an overview by Maarten Schenk on how he used a range of OSINT tools to uncover a Macedonian fake news network, Here is Bellingcat‘s online investigation toolkit. Here is a fascinating example of OSINT and geolocation tools being used to solve a complex problem.
Here is a useful review of the best OSINT tools and software.
Once you start to use OSINT, you will also need to communicate your recommendations in a clear and concise fashion. Here are some excellent tips from Zachery Tyson on how to write like an intelligence analyst and an excellent list of resources from Ygor Maximo.
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Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
- Style Manual & Writers Guide for Intelligence Publications
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Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
- DIA’s Style Manual for Intelligence Production (governmentattic.org)
- DIA’s Style Manual for Intelligence Production (dia.mil)
U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence
- USAICoE Writing Program Resources
- Enhancing Your Intelligence Writing Writing Guide for USAICoE and U.S. Army Writing
- How You Can Write Like An Intelligence Analyst
- Intelligence Analysis Tradecraft 101: Writing Effective Intelligence
- My Fool-Proof Process to Writing a Killer Intelligence Brief and Tips to Deliver Intelligence Assessments Better
- The Three Skills Every Successful Intelligence Analyst Needs To Master: Tips on how to Write, Brief and Analyse
- Intelligence Writing
- How Intelligence Analysis Can Improve Critical Thinking and Writing Skills
- Write Like a Spy: Using U.S. Intelligence Guidelines to Reinforce the Lessons of Predictive Legal Writing
- Intelligence Analysis Reports: A How-to Writing Guide
- CIA – IC Writing Style
- How To Write Like An Intelligence Analyst
- Threat Intel for Everyone: Writing Like A Journalist To Produce Clear, Concise Reports (33min)
- Hack the Reader: Writing Effective Threat Reports with Lenny Zeltser (37min)
- Pen-To-Paper and The Finished Report: The Key To Generating Threat Intelligence (33min)
- Writing Meaningful Threat Intel Reports in MISP (2h30min)
- How to Keep Finished Intelligence Fresh (Recorded Future)
- Threat Intelligence Writing (Threat Intelligence Academy)
- Reporting for Analysts (I-Intelligence)
- Analytic Writing, Reporting, Briefs, and Dissemination (Treadstone71)
- Introduction to Analytic Tradecraft Writing (FedLearn)
- Style Guides by Government Agencies
- The Elements of Style – Strunk & White
- Psychology of Intelligence Analysis
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