The effective and legal use of internet based resources for research and investigation is becoming increasingly important to operational success across a range of sectors. Internet and social media usage is revolutionising the way in which we think about gathering intelligence and generating leads for evidence collection.  The Open Source Research and Investigation course gives researchers and analysts the tools to make best use of bespoke search techniques and freely available applications, whilst limiting their digital footprint ensuring they remain legal when dealing with vast amounts of open source information.


Our experience within the sector has identified that many analysts receive little, or often no form of official analytical training. It is often assumed that being academically intelligent is enough to be an effective intelligence analyst. In reality, intelligence analysis is a skill which should be taught, trained and refined like any other.  We also find that very few analysts hold an official qualification that recognises their specific analytical skill set, something we are able to provide through our range of regulated qualifications.

The first course of its type to include an OFQUAL registered and regulated qualification, enabling learners to both understand and apply processes to maximise the use of a range of internet based resources.  This is the UKs first OFQUAL recognised qualification within this discipline and sets a nationally recognised standard for internet research and investigation


By end of this two-day workshop you will have:

  • An underpinning understanding of how the wider internet functions and can be effectively exploited for research and investigative purposes.
  • Knowledge of non-conventional search engines and techniques to improve efficiency and data ranges.
  • The ability to exploit a wide range of information, to include social media, online images and geo-locational information.
  • Confidence to work within the boundaries of current legislation and guidelines.
  • The ability to reduce digital footprint and conduct internet research and investigation in a safe and professional manner.
  • The only UK approved, OFQUAL regulated qualification as proof of your knowledge and skill set in this area of specialism.


A hugely interesting and practical course – useful in a professional yet also personal capacity!

Who should attend

Who will benefit from attending this workshop?

  • Transaction monitoring investigator
  • Fraud investigator
  • Fraud
  • Economic crime
  • Financial crime
  • AML
  • Compliance
  • Compliance Monitoring
  • AML investigators
  • Anti-bribery and corruption
  • Sanctions
  • Cyber resilience
  • Fraud Investigators


Module 1 – What is Open Source Intelligence, available Open Source channels, Surface v Dark web
Module 2 – Digital Footprints (what are they and how to mitigate), identification of risk to individuals and organisations
Module 3 – Search Engines and Web Browsers, Browser plugins, add ons and extensions, Search Syntax, Boolean operators, Meta and People Search Engines
Module 4 – Social Media, extracting information from Social Media platforms
Module 5 – Making use of Public Records (Companies House, Land Registry), Due Diligence resources, Address and telephone look ups
Module 6 – Email headers and IP addresses, Identification of IPs from email headers, information gained from IP addresses
Module 7 – Mapping and associated tools
Module 8 – Image use, research and acquiring images, reverse image look-up, EXIF data
Module 9 – Provide an audit trail for your research, Evidential standards

The Trainer

Formed in 2014, the Intqual-pro mission is to provide high quality training and regulated qualifications to intelligence analysts employed in a variety of roles. Our trainers consisted of former military and law enforcement intelligence specialists and we quickly became the UKs largest provider of OFQUAL regulated vocational intelligence qualifications. More recently, we became the first UK training provider to offer an OFQUAL regulated qualification in Internet Research and Investigation,


Take this training in-house

If you have five or more delegates who wish to attend this briefing, it may be more cost effective to run it in-company. To find out more about in-company training, please contact Philip Allen Director of Learning on 0207 216 8843 or

Open Source Intelligence and Investigation – Two-day workshop
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Workshop Details

UK Finance, 1 Angel Court,
Time: 09:00 - 17:00 (Both days)

Start Date: 23rd January 2019
End Date: 24th January 2019


£695 (+VAT) – Members & Associate Members
£895 (+VAT) – Non members