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The nature of global trade, shipping and the complexity of the industry make transparent monitoring and effective policing highly difficult. Vigilance of this sector is key to containing the myriad threats posed by transnational crime.

 

Open source intelligence (OSINT) is central to your ability to develop an intelligence picture. Despite continuing advances in information technology and the ever-increasing growth of the internet, which has made it possible to address new intelligence questions using OSINT, this source does have its challenges. The sheer volume of information is daunting, and identifying what is relative, time-sensitive and fundamentally important requires skill, training and continuous process development.

 

Faced with the daily requirement to develop timely intelligence for senior staff, intelligence analysts requiring vital OSINT input will benefit greatly from external training and support. This is particularly true if the sources are specialised and commercially privileged in nature, (global shipping, trade industry and business intelligence). This form of intelligence frequently requires deep understanding and niche experience with the business in question. 

About the course

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OSINT, SOCMINT & Deep Web Skills for Maritime Intelligence Analysts is a five-day training course aimed at risk assessment, profiling and targeting officers in the commercial maritime environment.

The course uses real examples to give practical instruction by an experienced practitioner on how to harness proven Open Source Intelligence methods and techniques to improve productivity and effectiveness in the daily work-streams of profiling and targeting officers and analysts.

Attendees will learn how to construct structured searches online and will see how to access key open source, social media and deep-web sites for a broad range of vital data sets.

Following the principles of the ‘Intelligence Cycle’ analysts will evaluate and record findings in a structured process that can also serve as the evidential trail through to prosecution.

Who will benefit?

  • Customs and law enforcement, analysts, profiling and targeting officers working at the border with responsibility for the commercial maritime environment with an emphasis on containerised cargo.
  • Compliance officers with a responsibility to understand and profile non-conformity with regards to licensing, quotas and sanctions.
  • Managers and supervisors of maritime intelligence analysts to help understand what is possible to achieve given the right training and tools.

Key learning objectives

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Understand today's information landscape

Learn how different search methodologies are needed for the different categories of information: static, edited, and dynamic content.

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Integrate elements of vessel and container profiling

Learn to use open source information research and analysis.

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Learn effective problem analysis techniques

Construct focused search algorithms that deliver purely relevant results.

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Use structured search procedures

Learn how to discover and collect relevant publicly available online information rapidly and effectively.

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Interpret AIS vessel movement information

Understand the physical movements of vessels and containers in respect of individual Bill of Lading transactions.

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Research to a greater depth

Understand background of, and links between all relevant parties to a transaction and conveyance including: vessel, buyer, seller and more.