OSINT – Open source intelligence

OSINT stands for Open Source Intelligence. OSINT means obtaining information and data that can be accessed without restrictions. In terms of how the information obtained is utilized, we distinguish between business (CI – Competitive Intelligence) and government intelligence.

The range of users using OSINT is extremely wide:

  • business enterprises (for competition monitoring, social listening and sentiment analysis)
  • journalists, investigators (investigation, investigative journalism)
  • financial institutions (customer identification, risk analysis)
  • state and government agencies (civil and military intelligence)

Open source data can be part of a company’s internal data assets, but can even be information available on the Internet without restrictions. Among others such data assets are available on the Opendata.hu website.

There are a number of text analytics solutions available for collecting and analyzing the open source data. Using the TAS Data Collector developed by Precognox, it is possible to collect all unstructured and structured data from domains available on the Internet. This collected information will be searchable using the TAS Enterprise Search Engine.