Expert Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Research

Open Source Research is a non-intrusive way to retrieve information on some target person, institution or event using open sources. It is a crucial first step in almost any investigation, and a continual reference point that anchors information received elsewhere. Open source informationOSINT puts events into perspective and contrasts what parties are willing to publicly share about themselves with characteristics they are more secretive about. 
TGI’s OSINT service provides a perfect quick scan of any subject and gives depth and context to in-depth investigations.

Expert Open Source Intelligence

Type of Operations

TGI’s OSINT service provides a perfect quick scan of any subject and gives depth and context to in-depth investigations.

Retrieving the Right Information

A vast amount of information lies at our fingertips; not only in online databases and on social media platforms, but also in libraries, newspaper-archives, and lists of public regulatory- and administrative institutions such as patent-bureaus and chambers of commerce. Almost anyone will be able to find something on their subject of interest through a simple google-query; but in order to relate such findings to other pieces of information and to make an assessment about the totality of what can be found on some subject-matter, the professional search strategy clearly differentiates itself from the casual online search.

Refining information into Intelligence

Due to its public nature, OSINT Open source information may be unreliable, deceptive, and at times, even purposely false. Because of the many guises it might take on (reports, tweets, videos, audios, news-articles, etc.) it is also essentially unstructured information. TGI has the know-how and experience to thoroughly analyse open sources through their metadata, by means of cross-reference, and through content analysis to present findings in a manner conducive to policymaking and supportive of further in-depth research.

Making Intelligence Actionable

We specialize in making Open Ssource (and other) information actionable through scenario-building techniques. The first OSINT quick scan often provides the means to set up a primary likelihood-analysis and to make informed suggestions about the (business) opportunities and threats at play and the most likely profitable courses of further research. We are committed to delivering reports tailor-made to our clients needs and special situation. Our intelligence puts you in control.

Our approach

Level of Impact

Indicate

The first step in our approach is ‘indicate’.  This step has the lowest level of impact. The act of indicating entails pointing out why something has happened. To save both time and effort later on, it is important to start with the indicate step. The indicate step allows the formulation of well thought out strategies and is thus able to prevent common mistakes. At TGI, our specific approach entails mapping out the relevant playing field so that our client knows exactly who is responsible for what and who they should approach. The indicate step explains why something has happened or why someone has done something. At TGI, we are able to use our expertise in a variety of methods, from OSINT to HUMINT, to explain a particular phenomenon. The exact methodology undertaken depends on the needs and wishes of the client. A sound explanation of the past is a precondition for an adequate approach to the future.

Forecast

The second step in our approach is ‘forecast’. Building on the first step, its impact is higher than that of ‘indicate’ as approaches to the future are based on forecasts. Without careful consideration, unfounded gambles can quickly turn into expansive mistakes. However, on the flip side, inaction will always put you behind the competition where you might miss attractive opportunities. This dilemma can be solved by basing forecasts on solid, up-to-date intelligence. At TGI we have the expertise and methods to construct high quality forecasts on a wide range of issues. In the forecast step we extensively analyse the results from the indicate step to determine the most likely course of action and worst-case scenarios. This allows you to capitalise on rewarding opportunities whilst being prepared for any threats to your business. An adequate understanding of the future takes away uncertainty and puts you in control.

Influence

‘Influence’ is the third step in the TGI approach and has an even greater impact than ‘forecast’. Whereas the previous two steps are intellectual, influencing involves the exercising of power on another actor to change his or her conviction on a certain topic and/or planned course of action regardless of whether the other actor knows that it is being influenced or not. The right influence simultaneously increases opportunities and reduces threats. At TGI, the ‘influence’ step predicts the positions of certain actors and provides an indication of what has happened to determine how best to influence those actors. This means that we combine our research and analytical capabilities with our extensive network of influential people to create a new development or event and/or to steer an existing development in the desired direction. TGI can influence the right actors or developments to put you in control.

Act

The final step in the TGI approach is ‘act’. This has the greatest impact of all four steps. This step is last because it depends on a sound explanation of the past and an adequate prediction of the future. Furthermore, it is also not possible to act on a development or opportunity that has not yet been created. Acts are most effective if they are carried out with full determination and the right combination of capabilities. Tt TGI we meet both requirements. The ‘act’ step is what TGI’s approach is all about. The three previous steps have been building up to, and laying the foundation for, this last step. At this point we have explained a development in the ‘indicate’ step, we have predicted the most likely course of action and the worst-case scenario in the ‘forecast’ step and we have created the right developments in the ‘influence’ step. It is now time to capitalise on the opportunities created and have intelligence put you in control.

"Good intelligence is the key to decision making."

- Arno Reuser