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Boston, MA | Fri Nov 15, 2019
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Illuminating The Dark Web: Harvesting And Using OSINT Data From Dark Web Resources


This forum is free to attendees with Discount Code DarkWeb2019.
(Note: To enable the Discount Code, enter DarkWeb2019 in the Registration Discount Code block. Pick Check as Payment Method, then click Review Order. $0 fees will be reflected.)

Chairman: Micah Hoffman
Date: Friday, November 15, 2019
Time: 8:30am EST - 12:30pm EST

Listening to the news nowadays, we hear how the “Dark Web” is used to conduct illicit activities and how import it is to search for data that your organization or your customers deem important within those Dark Web resources. But in the very next sentence, many of these reports caution regular users to not visit Dark Web sites because of a fear that their computer applications and systems might be attacked and possibly compromised. So, how do we get at this valuable data on the Dark Webs without visiting the sites ourselves?

The SANS Dark Web Solutions Forum will showcase methods of retrieving, searching, and analyzing Dark Web data without visiting those, potentially malicious systems. Through customer examples, participants will leave the briefing with a good understanding of techniques and tools that can assist their organizations and clients with using Dark Web data.

Topics will include:

  • Data collection
  • De-anonymization techniques
  • Data aggregation and normalization
  • Dark Web user activity analysis
  • Usage trends among and within Dark Webs
  • Dark Web analyst security/OPSEC
  • Dark Web content monitoring and alerting

SANS has worked hard to maintain its reputation as a vendor-neutral provider of world-class training and facilitator of security research. We also recognize that many of our students come from vendor organizations and that these vendors make a significance to the Dark Web, cyber, and OSINT communities. For this reason, and true to the SANS mission, we are excited to host this exchange of ideas in the form of the SANS Dark Web Solutions Forum.

This ˝ day event is free to cybersecurity professionals. Networking lunch immediately following.

You will earn 4 CPE credit hours for attending this event.


Time Event
TBD Opening remarks/keynote from chairman
TBD Individual panel discussions (speakers coming soon)
TBD Networking break
TBD Individual panel discussions (speakers coming soon)
TBD Closing address
TBD Networking lunch


Micah Hoffman

Micah Hoffman

Micah Hoffman has been active in the information technology field since 1998, working with federal government, commercial, and internal customers to discover and quantify cybersecurity weaknesses within their organizations. As a highly active member of the cybersecurity and OSINT communities, Micah uses his real-world Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT), penetration testing, and incident response experience to provide customized solutions to his customers and comprehensive instruction to his students.

Over the years, Micah has conducted cyber-related tasks like penetration testing, OSINT investigations, APT hunting, and risk assessments for government, internal, and commercial customers. Micah's SANS coursework, cybersecurity expertise, and inherent love of teaching eventually pulled him toward an instructional role, and he's been a SANS Certified Instructor since 2013. He's the author of the SANS course SEC487: Open Source Intelligence Gathering and Analysis, and also teaches both SEC542: Web App Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking and SEC567: Social Engineering for Penetration Testers.


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