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Disinformation Investigations

Training Synopsis

Disinformation is false information that is deliberately spread to mislead others. It is constructed and disseminated to serve a particular purpose as part of information operations & warfare. The capability of various actors globally varies; however, the intent is the same: to manipulate.  

In this course, we are going to introduce you to high-level concepts around information based strategies and then focus on low-level practical skills of how disinformation spreads, how you can collect & analyse messaging campaigns in real-time & develop a methodology for validation & verification of online media.   

Who should attend the training?  

The course should be attended by those who work in:  

  • National Security 

  • Military & Defence 

  • Law Enforcement 

  • Corporate Security & Intelligence 

  • Counter-Human Trafficking 

  • Counter-Terrorism 

  • Personnel Security 

  • Media (journalists) 

What are the training objectives?  

The four primary objectives of this course include:  

  • Understanding the origins of disinformation and how social media amplifies the impact 

  • Learn actor intent & capability as it applies to modern disinformation  

  • Techniques on validating & verifying the information we find online,  

  • Analysis of troll bot networks on Twitter  




Our Trainer

Jacob Hunter is the Head of Training and Tradecraft at 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. 

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