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OSINT for Everyone: Understanding Risks and Protecting Your Data

  • Thursday, February 01, 2018 at 3:30 PM EST (2018-02-01 20:30:00 UTC)
  • Micah Hoffman, Josh Huff

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With few exceptions companies have been collecting data about you and your families for decades. Whether it is "just" your name, address, and phone numbers or how often you visit a certain location and with whom, the information that circulates the public internet about us and our families grows every day. With some simple, free tools and easy to understand techniques, anyone can gain access to this data and examine their digital footprint.


Join Micah Hoffman, author of the new SEC487: Open-Source Intelligence Gathering and Analysis ( course in the first of a three part series of webcasts on the practical applications of using Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) in our daily lives.

Speaker Bios

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.

Josh Huff

Josh Huff is a Digital Forensics Analyst and licensed private investigator in Columbia, South Carolina. Josh’s cases have spanned the gamut of computer and mobile forensics, audio forensics and open source investigation to support his firm’s field investigators. Josh has invested much of his time networking with information security professionals in the area. As a result he has become a speaker and co-organizer of Columbia’s InfoSec meetup, ColaSec. During his time with ColaSec, Josh organized a study group on Open Source Intelligence and an exploration of encrypted communications. The studies in OSINT led to conference speaking engagements around the country and his casework has landed him in court as an expert witness in computer forensics. Josh blogs his OSINT research at and he can be found on Twitter @baywolf88.

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