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Illuminating the Dark Web

Navigate and research actors on the dark web securely

About the course

Illuminating the Dark Web is a comprehensive, online self-paced, on-demand training course focusing purely on enhancing knowledge in the most prominent dark nets.

This course is aimed at researchers, investigators and analysts from government, military and civilian businesses.

You will learn both foundational skills knowledge, as well as more advanced methods and techniques to collect, analyse and produce high quality open-source intelligence to support your mission-sets that have been linked to the dark web.

Illuminating the Dark Web is designed to build knowledge across various topics associated to the dark web, starting at understanding what the dark web is and how to access it, through to advanced methodology such as scraping and automating data collection. During the course, you will also explore and learn about learn about different dark nets and attribution considerations. You will also look at how to configure your client to access, and safely search, monitor, and investigate the dark web.

Most importantly you will gain hands-on experience with accessing the dark web during the course as we build your confidence and enable you to step through various sites safely.

This course is a standalone course, with notes and resource material throughout all sections, providing a great reference point, or to enhance your dark web investigational capability.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Understand the technical details of the Tor network, client, and network attribution in order to create a dark web OSINT platform for research

  • Identify and investigate different types of actors on the dark web, such as marketplaces, forums, and illicit services

  • Identify dark web communication channels, including encrypted messaging and email services.

  • Learn about other dark nets, such as I2P, Freenet, and Lokinet, and understand how to navigate and investigate them

  • Develop effective collection methodologies for verifying and analysing dark web information, such as identifying sources

  • Understand the use of cryptocurrency on the dark web and how to track transactions and addresses

Who should take this course?

The course is aimed at a broad range of professionals who seek to understand the dark web and be able to effectively investigate individuals and threats, including: 

  • Law enforcement who require tools and knowledge necessary to investigate criminal activity on the dark web, including cybercrime, human trafficking, and drug trafficking

  • Cybersecurity professionals who need to identify and investigate the dark web as a potential source of threat intelligence and a platform for cyberattacks

  • Intelligence professionals in the military, government agencies, and private sector who are responsible for analysing and monitoring foreign or domestic threat actors will also find this course useful  

  • Journalists and researchers who want to investigate stories or conduct research on topics that are not accessible on the surface web. It will provide them with the knowledge and skills to navigate the Dark Web safely and ethically, and to uncover information that is not readily available through traditional means

Delivery is available in multiple formats

  • Classroom based learning with instructor led education, in-person & virtually

  • Online, self-paced learning through our Online Academy

Flexible delivery

Instructor Led

Online, self-paced

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