What Should I Consider When Selecting an Open-Source Intelligence Training Provider for Myself?

How to Choose an OSINT Training Provider

Content, delivery methods, language options, quality of the training, and learner support services are all important considerations before deciding on an Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) training provider. Cost too, is another obvious one.

It should come as no surprise that the training needs of an individual can be quite different from those of an organization. Although they will consider similar factors, the criteria upon which they base their decision on will differ. In this article we will cover what individuals looking for OSINT training need to consider before choosing on a training provider.

Are you a representative of an organization looking to have multiple team members trained at once? Check out this post to learn what considerations organizations should make, prior to selecting an OSINT training provider.

Things to Consider

What Type of Courses do They offer? 

One of the first things you may want to consider is what you hope to achieve through your OSINT training. Do you need an introductory or “survey” type course that covers a broad range of topics, or are you looking for more specialized training? Whatever the objective, we recommend examining both the content and curriculum of the course you are considering, to determine if it aligns with your goals.

What is the Course Selection Process?

We recommend choosing a training provider that can assess your current OSINT knowledge, prior to deciding on a particular course. A pre-assessment will show you your strengths, as well as areas for development. This is especially important if you plan to take advanced OSINT training courses, or if you do not have any formal OSINT training.

Is The Training Provider Reputable?

Reputation is another key consideration when it comes to choosing a training provider. We recommend doing a bit of research. For example, is the provider an expert in your area of interest? Have they gained recognition within the OSINT community? Making sure you choose a reputable provider is crucial as employers have been known to consider this when making decisions. Also, if you ever find yourself testifying as an expert, you may have your credentials scrutinized.

What Experience or Qualifications Does the Provider Have?

In addition to reputation, you will also want to find out about the training provider’s background and experience. It’s likely you will want a course with a mix of theory and practical exercises. This way you will be able to apply what your learned. If an instructor lacks experience, they will likely lack context. This can result in a course that is just a database of tools. If you are unsure about a certain training provider you could always review the curriculum, have a discussion with the provider, or sign up for a free trial.

How is the Course Delivered? Online, In-person, Both?

Another factor to consider is how the delivery method of the training. Is it in-person, online, or a combination of both? If the course is online, is it self-directed or are you required to be online at certain times? We suggest choosing a delivery method that coincides with your lifestyle and goals. For instance, let’s say one of your objectives is to network with other professionals while on your course. In this case, you may only want to consider in-person training options. Or you may have a busy, unpredictable schedule. In this case, a self-directed online course may be best.

What kind of Support is there for learners?

Finally, we recommend finding out if there are any support services available upon completion of your course. At KeyNorth, the options include a free e-newsletter subscription to stay current on OSINT news and trends, contacting us directly, and for eligible learners, joining our online community. As the field of open-source intelligence continues to change and evolve, so too must the OSINT practitioner. That is why its important to select a provider who offers on-going support.

The Bottom-Line

Any training, including OSINT training is an investment. That is why it is critical you choose a training provider that suits your own unique needs. By considering the factors we discussed, you will be in a good position to make an informed decision about your OSINT training.

Whether you are an individual or an organization; if you would like more information on our OSINT training options please visit our contact page or email the training team at training@keynorthgroup.com