For the past few weeks, I have been interested in changing careers to work as an OSINT Investigator.

What is OSINT?

According to Wikipedia:

Open-source intelligence (OSINT) is the collection and analysis of data gathered from open sources (overt and publicly available sources) to produce actionable intelligence. OSINT is primarily used in national security, law enforcement, and business intelligence functions and is of value to analysts who use non-sensitive intelligence in answering classified, unclassified, or proprietary intelligence requirements across the previous intelligence disciplines.

Why do I want to do this?

I think it seems like a genuinely interesting profession. It’s a profession in which I feel like I could make a positive impact and actually help people.

I think my existing skillset agrees with the kind of work that is involved with OSINT.

I’m very unhappy with my career at this point and I want something different.

What are my plans?

First of all, I’m not going to give up my day job just yet.

What I am doing is: I’m reading a lot. I’m practicing my existing skills. I’m learning new tools, I’m building my own tools based on existing tools, and I’m learning about OSINT methodology.

I’m also taking the following courses:

  • AutomatingOSINT Python
  • Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) in 5 Hours

I have already taken this course which I highly recommend:

  • Open-source Intelligence from the Basel Institute on Governance

I’m planning on taking Michael Bazzell’s Open Source Intelligence course and certification exam next year. After that, I’m going to update my resume and start applying for jobs.