• Online, Instructor-Led
Course Description

This foundational course teaches students to identify and develop pivot points or leads in investigations across multiple use cases. Students will review the basic functions of open source tools and learn when and why to use them in their research. They will apply their skills to several scenarios drawn from frontline experience, including executive-level RFIs, incident response investigations and information operation campaigns.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, learners should be able to: • Configure their systems to ensure good operational security (OPSEC) and safety while researching • Keep detailed case notes and avoid getting lost in their research • Think critically about when and why to use a particular tool within the context of a research task • Navigate basic functions of several common OSINT tools • Identify and use investigation pivot points and artifacts

Framework Connections

The materials within this course focus on the Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs) identified within the Specialty Areas listed below. Click to view Specialty Area details within the interactive National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.