“Sock Puppets” are fictional online personas which allow users to conduct open-source research while reducing the risk of attribution back to one's true self or organisation. Successful persona management assist investigators in “piercing the veil” of social media platform restrictions and afford enhanced access to content, networks, and individuals of interest, while maintaining anonymity.
Today, online personas are leant on heavily by a wide variety of online actors, with varying levels of sophistication (and success), and for a variety of purposes – from passive browsing and research, through to social engineering, target group penetration, and information warfare.
In this course, we explore how to create, operate and maintain a persona tailored to user requirements, while implementing commensurate and proportionate risk management strategies to avoid attribution or compromise.
Who should attend the training?
The course should be attended by those who work in:
Military & Defence
Corporate Security & Intelligence
What are the training objectives?
The primary objectives of this course include:
Conducting successful online operations using personas, from inception to conclusion
Developing a tailored online presence to develop access and collect information
Deploying risk management strategies commensurate to the operating environment
Implementation of infrastructure proportionate to objectives and identified threats
Building persistence, reducing attribution and evading detection
Jacob Hunter is the Head of Training and Tradecraft and OSINT Combine. Jacob was previously employed by Victoria Police and a member of the Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team, in Melbourne Victoria. Here, Jacob worked as a Victim Identification Specialist. This work was very investigative focussed with a large portion of the work involving OSINT to locate and identify victims and offenders. Jacob's previous roles included being a Senior Instructor of Open Source Investigations at Victoria Police, and five years service with the Australian Army.
The COVID-19 pandemic has not been the only disruptor to global supply chains in 2020/21. The SolarWinds cyber-attack and the impact of escalating trade tensions have prompted many government agencies and organisations around the world to devote more attention and resources to supply chain risk and resilience. The Australian Government's focus on supply chains is being replicated by governments across the world.
Businesses and government agencies manage risk through a process of local optimisation - meaning they do not integrate with their supply chain to manage risk. By using OSINT tools and techniques to analyse and assess risk within a supply chain becomes critical. This course teaches OSINT tools and techniques that reveal the threats and vulnerabilities corporate entities and by extension, supply chains face. They can be used to inform decision making for organisations of any size, such as large multinational corporations, small not-for-profits, and academic institutions. Although supply chains vary immensely across sectors, vulnerabilities, and the threats that exploit them, are relatively consistent.