What Are Open-Source Intelligence Tools And How Can They Protect Us?

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Brianne Connaughton Brianne Connaughton

Open-source intelligence is an everyman’s approach to maintaining organizational security within the business world. Broadly speaking, open-source intelligence (OSINT) is a network of tactics and techniques that anyone can use to identify security breaches, uncover relevant data, or track a wide variety of ongoing events. Open source techniques mirror other intelligence gathering and dissemination tactics (such as signals intelligence, SIGINT; geospatial intelligence, GEOINT; and human intelligence, HUMINT) but rely on sources and methods that are available to the public for both gathering and analysis components of the overall process.

For instance, SIGINT analysis often relies on the covert monitoring of phone and other digital communication channels in order to gather information. The FBI, CIA, and other government agencies depend on these sources of covert information to build a more complete picture of the threats facing the United States—and the same conditions and methods exist within government agencies all around the world.

Open-source tools are transparent and easy to use

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OSINT is a different type of approach, however. Open-source intelligence doesn’t require the use of specialized techniques that are illegal if performed by the average investigator (such as placing a digital monitoring device on a target’s phone or computer).

With OSINT monitoring tools that are easy to implement, keeping tabs on a variety of Chan image boards (2Chan, 4Chan, 8Chan, and other imageboard forum platforms) for threats to your business or changes in the behavior of investment marketplaces can help provide a new layer of stability for your portfolio of small businesses unlike any other tool in your arsenal.

Imageboards are a murky component of the internet. Threads appearing on imageboards and other forum spaces like 2Chan, 4Chan, and 8Chan can surround benign conversations, but these imageboards can also contain serious calls to action that are shielded from public view after a certain amount of time or with certain settings implemented on the imageboard space itself. With simple imageboard monitoring tools available in an open-source format, keeping tabs on changing threat matrices is easy, automated, and convenient.

Open-source data helps investors make great stock picks as well

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Open-source data analysis is also a core component of stock market success for millions of investors in the United States and all around the world. Take a firm like Alamos Gold (NYSE:AGI) for instance. Alamos is a Canadian multinational firm engaged in the extraction of ounces of gold from three mines in continuous operation in North America (the Mulatos Mine in Mexico and the Young-Davidson and Island Gold Mines in Northern Ontario). Alamos is also working to expand its reach with Alamos Gold, Turkey projects at three sites in the Republic of Turkey.

The Kirazli project here in the Republic of Turkey is perhaps the most ambitious of all of Alamos’ work. At the Kirazli site, miners will soon begin extracting more than 100,000 ounces of gold each year (as an estimated annual ounce yield) and at a cost basis that is one of the lowest in the industry. Open-source data analysis has helped many investors get in at rock bottom pricing on firms like Alamos over the years, and it continues to provide a backdrop for investors who want to see their investments grow with a continued vigor that can only come through extensive research and analysis.

Open source products are a core component of a strong investment or small business strategy with an eye on the future. Building a robust set of tools that can help you find great investment products and secure your financial future against ongoing threats is a must for any business owner or investor in today’s unique world.

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