This page contains the articles in our catalogue relating to Open Source Intelligence tools, industry, or applications either pragmatic or theoretical.

OSINT – Identifying Persons of Interest

OSINT - Identifying Persons of Interest On September 6th news broke regarding the release of Islamic States new magazine entitled Rumiyah… While early detection is key such events also present additional opportunities to identify persons of interest (POIs) that may not have previously been known. OSINT solutions provide that ability. In this Providence use case scenario, we will look at how Providence can be used to quickly identify [...]

A.I is disrupting ISR and Business Intelligence

A.I is disrupting ISR and Business Intelligence   What is ISR? Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) is a concept that has its roots in the military. It refers to the capability of acquiring and processing information and disseminating intelligence. The business equivalent is Business Intelligence.   Challenges in ISR 1. Lots of data, at speed ISR data can come from a variety of sources [...]

Risk Scoring with OSINT

Risk Scoring with OSINT What is open source intelligence? Open source intelligence (OSINT) is intelligence that is derived from data gathered from open or publicly available sources. There are two types of open sources – paid, such as fee-based news services and databases (e.g. Lexis Nexis) and free sources. Open sources can be broken down into three categories: Surface web – the area of [...]

What is Providence?

What is Providence? What is Providence and how does it quickly identify information of interest? Providence allows users to quickly identify information of interest. Are you interested in finding out which threat actors are targeting Government domains? Want to understand why and how? Providence allows users to quickly identify information of interest. Figure 1. Providence allows users to drill down with one click of the .gov slice on the pie [...]

Identifying Credible Sources

Identifying Credible Sources In this blog entry we will explore how to quickly identify credible sources of information using Providence and location based intelligence. In the world of Open Source Intelligence there can be a lot of “noise”. This is particularly true during an event, or directly after an event. Identifying a credible source of information to help you gain situational awareness can be difficult during [...]

Russian Naval Vessel Movements

Russian Naval Vessel Movements Use case Providence is WorldStack’s proprietary open source intelligence collection and analysis platform. Providence collects information from surface, deep and the dark web. Providence was set up to detect and monitor Russian naval vessel movements through the monitoring of social media. The intent of this exercise was three-fold: Can Russian naval vessel movements be detected/monitored using Providence? Can chatter from [...]

Identifying Bot-nets

Identifying Bot-nets In this blog entry we will look at how to use Providence and its new link analysis feature to identify bot-nets and other coordinated activity. The subject matter for this test case will be the US political landscape and attempts, both foreign and national to influence voters using coordinated messaging. While we are using this to explore threats to National political landscapes [...]

Providence Product Update

A New Update for Providence WorldStack would like to announce that its open source intelligence platform Providence has some exciting new features; 1. Webhook 2. Link analysis 3. Machine learning 4. Reporting 5. Wordcloud Webhook Providence now has the capability to send open source intelligence information to remote systems. This capability means that event specific alerts can be generated based on detections made by [...]