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OSINT for Everyone: Understanding Risks and Protecting Your Data

  • Thursday, February 1st, 2018 at 3:30 PM EST (20:30:00 UTC)
  • Micah Hoffman and 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 (https://www.sans.org/course/open-source-intelligence-gathering) 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 working in the information technology field since 1998 supporting federal government, commercial, and internal customers in their searches to discover and quantify information security weaknesses within their organizations. He leverages years of hands-on, real-world penetration testing and incident response experience to provide unique solutions to his customers. Micah holds GIAC's GAWN, GWAPT, and GPEN certifications as well as the CISSP. Micah is an active member in the NoVAHackers group, has written Recon-ng and Nmap testing tool modules and enjoys tackling issues with the Python scripting language. When not working, teaching, or learning, Micah can be found hiking or backpacking on Appalachian Trail or the many park trails in Maryland. Catch him on Twitter @WebBreacher.

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 https://www.learnallthethings.net/ and he can be found on Twitter @baywolf88.

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