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Intelligence Community Needs to Embrace OSINT

The intelligence community has long viewed open source intelligence (OSINT) as a synonym for newspapers or social media, but today’s OSINT looks more like vast amounts of publicly available, granular data, living on an unclassified cloud and analyzed with cutting edge AI/ML applications. The intelligence community can best serve its mission by rapidly adopting these critical technologies, sprinting now to keep pace with advances by competitors like China.

Historically the IC has been dismissive of OSINT.  IC has preferred intelligence-gathering in the field – the spies and undercover agents risking their covers, and often their lives – over OSINT in part because the fieldwork is their history.

Further, the IC has valued information that is considered “top secret” rather than publicly available. However, the real value in analytics in today’s world is combining multiple sources of information into a predictive tool.

In today’s intelligence community Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) is critical every nation state.

The UMBRA Collection Platform provides real time comprehensive view of collected intelligence from various sources. The system allows for more effective operation management by allowing the operators to control all available intelligence gathering tools from a single, unified dashboard. By allowing centralized control, alongside presentation of key intelligence and insights the overall operational effectiveness is significantly increased.

The UMBRA Analytics Platform system fuses all field intelligence meta-data and cyber intelligence content, as well as other data sources, to highlight and identify suspicious activity, important events and analyze suspects’ relationships and communications. The system can provide in-depth operational understanding in near-real-time to the field operations teams.

The UMBRA offers threat intelligence in real time.

From the Shadow Emerges Knowledge