Need to improve your open source intelligence (OSINT) capability? DigitalStakeout is an OSINT tool used by hundreds of security professionals to detect and mitigate external security threats from social media, dark web and other publicly available sources.
What is OSINT?
Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) is the collection and analysis of information that is gathered from public, or open, sources where the it is free and legal to collect. As an an analyst, you should use osint data for threat intelligence as an critical source of information to support your discovery, assessment and analysis decisions.
Typically, information is considered to be open source if:
- The content is published for a public audience.
- The content can be freely accessed by the general public.
- If the information can be collected without restriction.
- The information may be found on the surface web, social media, social networks, the dark web and search engines.
- The information can be found through google hacking or otherwise known as a google dork.
- The information may be found using technical tools like scanners, crawlers and third-party data aggregators.
- The information may be found on deep web sites that archive historical information.
Mitigate Open Source Intelligence Discoveries Before Threat Actors Exploit The Information
Threat actors use open source intelligence tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) to exploit your organizational weaknesses. Using osint tools, they are always gathering information through manual and automated capabilities to extract information. Once threat actors identify vulnerabilities and understand your capability of you controls, they will exploit the data collected and execute their malicious plan.
Being proactive in understanding your organization and its personnel’s digital footprints is part of a process known as intelligence driven defense (IDD). It is important to know what a threat actor is collecting about your personnel and organization. Knowing what information is out there from perspective of a threat actor will help your team understand where potential weaknesses lie and how to be ready in case an attacker attempts to exploit those weaknesses. More importantly, there are many tactics security teams can employ to make threat actors work a lot harder and slow them down.
Using DigitalStakeout For Your OSINT Needs
Mitigate active cyber attacks – Detect offensive campaigns & chatter directed against the organization. This includes distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, phishing, ransomware, theft, or anything else involving attacks or unauthorized access against an organization.
Detect passive cyber threats – Discover cyber exposures and compliance failures from within the organization. Discover information that is over shared that would be effective for social engineering employees. This includes a failure to secure Internet-facing infrastructure, such as a cloud-based application, database or server or social media posts sharing too much information.
Detect physical threats and vulnerabilities – Uncover conversations that expose insider threats, external malicious and natural threats to infrastructure. Detect online comments from disgruntled former employees, as well as incidents that may damage or disrupt infrastructure or business operations.
Detect threats to brand and reputation – Monitor, alert and analyze negative events surrounding the organization’s brand that will negatively impact the organization’s overall reputation. Take down abusive content, fake profiles or develop a plan to respond to a crisis or reputation incident.
Open Source Intelligence Tools for Collection, Monitoring & Analytics
Search and Investigate with OSINT Tools
In today’s threat landscape, attackers collect information and use online footprints to develop targeting profiles of your assets from open-source data. The first line of defense is simply knowing what information an attacker may find, as well as what the attacker may be able to glean from that information. Once this information is identified, your security organization can determine if such information is benign or should be removed or altered. With DigitalStakeout Tools, search and pinpoint entity specific information from 1 billion+ data points of current open source intelligence from social, dark and technical data in a simple to use web interface.
Monitor & Analyze Real-time Open Source Intelligence
DigitalStakeout Scout combines content collection, machine learning, threat intelligence and workflow automation into a single open source intelligence tool. An easy-to-use interface combined with powerful machine learning automation, deep learning algorithms, and advanced search capabilities allows you to analyze a lot of information, generate a view of your threat landscape, visualize trends, and anticipate threats based on unique content that you collect.