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Open Source Evidential Exploitation Course

In association with Chenega

Discover the unlimited opportunities that arise from the power of social media with an investigative 3-day short course.

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Course overview

  • What is the course?

    OSEEC is an online course available through Ulster University’s e-learning portal, BlackboardLearn (BBL). In partnership with Chenega, the course has been designed by academics and Subject Matter Experts in counter-terrorism, cyber security, intelligence, programming and network engineering. OSEEC gives candidates a detailed insight into the prevalence of cybercrime in the digital era and the importance of cyber security. The course provides training in intelligence gathering, advanced research techniques, investigative resources and social media monitoring using market leading software developed in Silicon Valley.

    Delivery of the course is flexible to student requirements.


    • Open Source Intelligence
    • Social Media Monitoring
    • Social Network Analysis
    • Deep and Dark Web
    • Investigation and Anonymization
    • Web Scraping and Data Mining
    • Encryption Software and COMSEC
    • Geolocation and Image Metadata
  • Course content

    Open source intelligence and exploitation techniques

    • Data, Information, Intelligence and Governance
    • IP, WHOIS Lookup, E-mail Tracing, Network Breach Detection
    • Proxy Servers, Anonymizing Software and VPNs
    • Programming Languages, Source Codes and Trackers vs. Blockers
    • Firewalls, Encryption and COMSEC
    • Advanced Search Engines and Advanced Search Techniques

    Social media intelligence and social media monitoring

    • Data Collection, Processing and Evaluation
    • Web Scraping and Data Mining
    • Social Media, Crime and Law Enforcement
    • Geolocation, Geotagging, Geocoding
    • EXIF Metadata and Image Scrubbing
    • Social Media Analytical Training

    Research and analysis: Social media case study

    • Social Media Analytical Training
    • Case Study Analysis
    • Case Study Research and Development: Person, Keyword, Location
    • Social Network Analysis, Video and Image Analysis
    • Threat Analysis and Risk Assessment
    • Deep and Dark Web

    Teaching and Assessment

    OSEEC online e-tutoring consists of video lectures, written lectures, practical video tutorials with accompanying documents and pre-recorded webinars. E-tutors monitor candidate’s progress and host live webinars using Blackboard Collaborate. This is a 3-day course, however, candidates have 3 weeks’ access to BBL to complete the course and all assessment. Candidates are assessed through practical exercises (10%), reflective logs (10%), multiple-choice assessment (10%), case studies (30%) and written assignment (40%). Certificate issue and academic accreditation (15 credits, level 4) from Ulster University are subject to completion and submission of all assessment.

  • Who is suitable for the course?

    The social media course is open to everyone who is interested in learning how exploit the opportunities that social media presents. In particular, this course will benefit those in professions who are looking to use social media to collect and analyse data:

    • Law Enforcement
    • Government
    • Banks/those in the financial sector
    • Risk/Due Diligence
    • Cyber Security
    • Community Planning
    • Law students
    • SME managers/directors across sectors
  • Fees and how to apply

    The cost of undertaking the course is £800.

    A 10% discount is available to eligible Ulster University alumni. You will be asked at application to provide details of eligibility. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount, offer or scholarship.

    To apply for this course, click here.

    To find out more about fees click here.

    For any questions regarding your application please contact:

    Michael Davidson
    028 90368407

    Abbie McKenna

  • Academic profile

    Christie Campagna

    Has worked in this industry for 21 years, 15 of which have been as a Chenega employee or consultant. She has worked on programs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the High-Performance Computing Centre for DoD and USSOUTHCOM. She has experience as a trainer, programmer, network engineer, systems analyst and program manager.

    Jessica Matchett

    Is a senior research analyst at Chenega. She is fluent in French and Spanish, speaks German and is studying Arabic. Jessica provides open source intelligence (OSINT) analysis, risk assessment and threat analysis in a range of languages. Jessica holds a BA in Modern Languages and an MA in International Relations. Her current research focus is counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism (CVE) online. She is studying part-time towards a Certificate in Terrorism at the University of St Andrews. In January 2016, Jessica was invited to CTTSO’s (Combatting Crime Terrorism Support Office) 'Threat Day' in Washington DC, which examined the modern-day threat of terrorism and religious extremism.

    Raymond ‘Al’ Burroughs

    Has 28 years as an intelligence professional for DoD and commercial organizations. He served in the U.S. Army as an intelligence officer, during which he led a multi-national, theatre-level Intelligence detachment which achieved proven results during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as the USSOUTHCOM theatre where he developed comprehensive intelligence products resulting in multiple successful operations against narco-terrorists and insurgent organizations. Al joined Chenega in 2014 as an accounts manager/intelligence analyst. He has trained customers and analysts in basic and advanced software analytical techniques.