May 21st to May 23rd, 2024 – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM • Ottawa

We will be hosting an Open Source Intelligence (“OSINT”) training course for Government of Canada security screening professionals from May 21, 2024 to May 23, 2024 in Ottawa.

The information below will describe who this course is for, what learners will take away from the course and how to register. It will also provide you with the contact information for a member of our team who can assist you with any further questions.

Who This Course is For

The Standard on Security Screening (“the Standard”) issued by the Treasury Board Secretariat requires that “Open Source” (i.e. OSINT) inquiries be conducted where an Enhanced Reliability or Enhanced Top Secret clearance is being contemplated. The Standard also states that “Open source checks may be conducted when not otherwise indicated as a mandatory security screening activity when adverse information is uncovered, for cause, or for the purpose of periodic monitoring as part of Aftercare (maintenance).”

This unique training course is specifically for screening professionals that work for departments that must comply with the Standard on Security Screening, and for those other organizations that have adopted the Standard on Security Screening.

What Participants Will Learn

  • The course will teach you how to collect evidence from publicly available sources, and to do so in a defensible manner should you be called to present the evidence in legal proceedings.
  • You will learn how to gather important information from popular social media platforms, image and video sharing sites and public record databases.
  • You will learn how to conduct cyber-investigations on websites and who might be behind them.
  • Tools and tips for addressing falsified or misleading information online.
  • Participants will learn fundamental OPSEC principles to maintain their own privacy anonymity while conducting research online.

We promise the training will be hands on and immediately actionable.

Other benefits of working with the KeyNorth Group

  • Access to our online community of practice which is restricted to Canadian law enforcement and public sector investigators. The community includes toolkits, quick reference guides, how-to videos, OSINT related job postings and more!
  • Our current handbook and access to future handbooks as they become available.
  • Access to pre-course self assessments which are linked to pre-course materials to ensure that learner’s are ready for the in-class training.
  • Each participant will be issued a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

Testimonials from recent graduates

“Fantastic course – thank you for your teachings”

“Loved it! Flowed seamlessly”

“Great in suggesting alternative approaches to solutions”

“Enjoyed them [The assessments]. not many courses have this anymore”

“I think they [The assessments] came easier to me because Chris explained and demonstrated it very well!”

“Great balance between theory and practice.”

Training Details

The details of the training are provided below:

  • Location: COLLABÜRO 499 Preston St, Ottawa, ON K1S 4N7
  • Dates: Tuesday May 21, 2024 to Thursday May 23, 2024.
  • Time: 8:30 until 4:30 each day.
  • Fees: $1,263 per person plus HST (Total: $1,427.19)

Technical Requirements:

Please note, learners must bring their own laptop computer. Here are the technical requirements:

  • The training will be provided using a Microsoft Windows environment. The computer should be a Windows computer.
  • The computer should have the Google Chrome browser installed. The Firefox browser is a nice-to-have but is not necessary.
  • The computer must be able to connect to the Internet through a WiFi connection.
  • The learner must be able to access social media, public record and image and video sharing sites (i.e. they are not restricted by information technology controls).
  • The computer should have at a minimum a PDF creator and a screen capturing tool. A screen recorder is also recommended but not necessary. If the learner uses a preferred capturing tool they may wish to bring that as well in order to practice with it during the class.
  • It is recommended that the computer have a standard office program such as Microsoft Word™ or similar.

Participants can bring peripheral equipment if they wish to do so. Examples include a power adapter, mouse, earphones or similar equipment. A mouse is recommended.

At this time, the course will be delivered in English; however, assistance will be available in French on site.

The training is being delivered live and in-person. If you wish to explore our online self-paced training options please contact us and someone will be happy to assist you.

How to Register

For Single Learners

If you wish to register a single learner now, please fill out the following form to continue to registration and payment.

Please note, you will be redirected to our payment page. Credit card payments are collected through an online payment processer; however, if you would prefer to call in your credit card details or to pay by some other method, please contact Simon at training@keynorthgroup.com, 613-233-8509 x 105.

For Multiple Learners

To register more than one learner, please contact Simon at training@keynorthgroup.com, 613-233-8509 x 105. We will  provide you with the information we require to enroll multiple learners. We will also invoice you for the entire group at once. Various payment options are available.

The KeyNorth Group Difference

The KeyNorth Group has been providing OSINT training to law enforcement and public sector investigators since 2008. We also have a team of analysts that do OSINT investigations daily. This combination of experience means our firm is uniquely positioned to provide learners with a great learning experience in this unique field of investigations.

For any further questions please contact Simon at training@keynorthgroup.com, 613-233-8509 x 105.