AVOIDING DATA SOURCING PITFALLS
A common pitfall of investigators using OSINT as part of their investigation is the reliance on data that has been identified from a single source. It is important for all OSINT investigators to appreciate that just because you are able to locate information through open-source methods does not mean it should be relied upon as part of an investigation.
During an investigation where OSINT methodology is being used, it is important to identify and categorize your data, not just in terms of the data type and how it applies to the circumstances of your case, but also in terms of the sourcing and confidence level of the data.
This presentation will focus on the process and methodology that should be followed by OSINT investigators in assessing the confidence level of the data they are gathering. We will also discuss the importance and need to double source information that is going to be used as part of an investigative report and how single sourced data should be appropriately documented if used during an investigation and documented in a report.
- Understand the importance of assessing data sourced.
- Learn how to appropriately assess confidence levels of gathered data.
- Understand the different ways single sourced and double sourced data should be used in an investigation.