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Australian OSINT Symposium 2023

Learn from the best in the Industry

12th - 14th September 2023

Sydney, Australia

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The Australian OSINT Symposium is the one and only open source intelligence knowledge and skill building event in Australia. It is a conference for anyone interested in OSINT to come together and collaborate.  Presenters and attendees will share techniques, methodologies and experiences to enhance intelligence and business outcomes and foster connection and collaboration within Australian and the global OSINT ecosystem #OSINTforgood! 


We are excited to share that 2023 Australian OSINT Symposium will be run in Sydney this year.  We will also be live streaming the event with a fantastic new provider so attendees from across the globe can join in and hear from industry professionals!

What's new for 2023?  

In previous years we have had a government only, closed door day followed by an open door day.  This year we are taking a multi stream approach so that everyone can attend both days and have sessions to enjoy.  Our 3rd day of Training remains the same.  We are planning over 22 sessions across the 2 days, so there will be something for everyone!  Check out our growing list of speakers further down this page. 

Day 1 and 2

Two days of sessions by OSINT Professionals, Investigators, Consultants, Intelligence Analysts, OSINT enthusiasts and so many more.  Each day will start with attendees together hearing incredible sessions relevant to all.

During the middle of the days we will run two consecutive streams tailored to an open door and closed door audience. 

Open Door Stream - series of sessions by industry professionals to discuss OSINT, share valuable knowledge and foster greater public-private partnerships.

Closed Door Stream - series of sessions by and for Law Enforcement, Military and Federal agencies to discuss operational lessons learnt, OSINT tradecraft and emerging trends.

Day 1 will wrap with a networking function.

Tuesday, 12th September and Wednesday, 13th September
(in person and virtual)

Day 3

Our virtual training day is designed for both beginners and experienced practitioners.
Our comprehensive training will guide you through the process of building an OSINT toolkit. Our trainers will demonstrate replicable techniques through diverse case studies, such as country-specific research, disinformation, and cybersecurity.
Throughout the training, you'll learn how to not only collect information, but also how to interpret and derive meaningful insights.

Whether you're new to OSINT or looking to take your skills to the next level, this training will equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to increase your capability. 

Thursday, 15th September
(virtual only)

2023 Registrations 

2023 Registration options
In Person
  • All open door speaker sessions (closed door sessions for approved audience) over 2 days

  • Networking event

  • Access to recorded content post event

Register by
30th June 2023
Register after
30th June 2023
$200 + GST
$300 + GST
  • All Livestream sessions (closed door sessions for approved audience) over 2 days

  • Access to recorded content post event

$100 + GST
$120 + GST
Training Day
  • Full day live virtual training 

  • Instructor lead

  • Resource Pack

  • Access to gamified OSINT learning to test your skills  

$399 + GST
$450 + GST

The Speakers

We are excited to start introducing our speakers as they confirm 


Skip Schiphorst

Finding Content Online in a Foreign Language

Skip Schiphorst is an Open Source Intelligence language course-developer and instructor. Skip holds a university degree in China Studies and specializes in teaching online language research techniques with a specialty in Chinese as well as Arabic on behalf i-intelligence GmbH, a commercial intelligence consultancy based in Zurich, Switzerland. 


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Theresa Campbell

Digital Threat Assessment®: The Application of OSINT Techniques to Identify/Assess Online Threats and Establish a Digital Behavioral Baseline

Theresa founded Safer Schools Together & the International Center of Digital Threat Assessment® to promote safe climate & culture in schools through comprehensive violence prevention/intervention training for law enforcement, school districts, & community partners. As a Subject Matter Expert in behavioral assessment, violence prevention, and trauma response, she consults on high-profile cases throughout North America. She received the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for superior service in gang prevention.

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Venessa Ninovic

DROSINT: Drones & OSINT Capabilities

Venessa has a passion for open-source intelligence, which began when participating in her first Tracelabs CTF in 2020. Fast forward to 2023, and Venessa has been blogging, presenting, and constantly learning along the way. In 2022 Venessa presented at the SANS OSINT Summit, was a guest on the Layer8 podcast, and was awarded the ‘Emerging Intelligence Professional’ award by the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers. Currently working as a Senior Intelligence Analyst at law enforcement, she loves her job while also giving back to the OSINT community in her spare time.

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Jemma Ward

They're a 10 But They Don't Exist: Investigating Dating Apps with OSINT

Jemma is a Senior Training Specialist at OSINT Combine, with extensive experience as an intelligence analyst, and has held various cyber roles in the intelligence community. Jemma has delivered OSINT training and development for several Australian Government Agencies.


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Jessica Stutzman

The Intersection of HUMINT and OSINT in Modern Intelligence Gathering

Jessica is the Founder and CEO of Pangea Research. She also works as an OSINT Capabilities Manager and Advisor (Consultant) in various capacities for the US Government. Jessica’s previous experience includes 13+ years working in HUMINT and OSINT. She has led domestic and international investigations on various subjects, including human trafficking, drug smuggling, financial crimes, and terrorism. She is the Chair of the IACIS OSINT course and currently pursuing a Doctorate in Strategic Intelligence. Jessica is also a Resourcing and Policy Committee member for the recently established OSINT Foundation. 

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Cynthia Hetherington

Hiding While Watching: Managed Attribution for Everyone 

Cynthia Hetherington is the founder and president of Hetherington Group, a cyber investigations consulting, publishing, and training firm. With over two decades of expertise, Ms. Hetherington is a leader in due diligence, corporate intelligence, and cyber investigations. She is the author of three books on conducting cyber investigations and annually trains over 7,200 investigators, security professionals, military intelligence professionals, and federal agencies on best practices. She shares her expertise in this increasingly data-intensive, cyber focused-world through timely publications, an online blog, and by hosting the annual OSMOSIS Conference.

Ms. Hetherington was awarded the prestigious Women in IT New York’s 2022 Security Leader of the Year. In 2021, Ontic Center for Protective Intelligence honored Ms. Hetherington with the Protective Intelligence Pioneer Award. In 2019, she was honored with the Enterprising Woman of the Year Award by Enterprising Women Magazine and the CybHER Warrior Award by Dakota State University Madison Cyber Labs. Also in 2019, she was shortlisted for the coveted Women in IT New York’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and named a finalist in the esteemed Ernst & Young LLP New Jersey Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Ms. Hetherington is a recipient of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ James Baker Speaker of the Year Award.


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Matt Lucas

Looking Inwards - Leveraging OSINT in the protection of employees from Serious Threats

Matt Lucas specialised in Intelligence collection and analysis during his 10 year military career
before joining the Commonwealth Bank responsible for Security Risk Management. During his
time in CBA, Matt began to truly harness the value of OSINT techniques to assess and respond to daily
threats to staff safety and well-being. In his current role as Head of Security Risk for Thales Australia,
Matt leverages these skills to manage the Trusted Insider threat program and respond to threats against



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Tara Dharnikota

Building and Enhancing an OSINT Team: Gaining Executive and Board Support

Tara is a highly proficient cyber security leader with a unique blend of technical expertise and business acumen. Renowned for her thought leadership in the realm of cyber security, Tara has refined her expertise by concentrating on the actions of cyber criminals and examining the implications of their activities as threats to organisations. Tara has developed a deep understanding of how to proactively mitigate and reduce security risks, applying her insights to support a wide range of businesses.


Previously, Tara was a key leader at Telstra, one of Australia's largest telecommunication providers, where she led and supported Cyber Intelligence teams. She is currently Head of Information Security Management' at PEXA.


Tara holds a Master's degree in Engineering and is an active contributor to various cyber security initiatives and working groups. Her enthusiastic attitude is infectious, inspiring those around her to prioritise cyber security and adopt security-aware behaviour. As an industry-renowned cyber security evangelist, thought leader, public speaker, and facilitator, Tara is highly sought after for her insights and guidance in the ever-evolving world of cyber security.


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Julie Jones

Human Trafficking: A Tech-Facilitated Global Epidemic

Julie Jones is the founder and CEO of Human-i Intelligence Services, an exclusive digital security, investigations, and threat management company based in Vancouver, Canada. Julie is a sought-after public speaker and the best-selling author of “How to Become a World-Class Investigator”. A former police detective and undercover operator with the West Yorkshire police, Julie now provides expert advice and guidance to law enforcement, government, military, NGO’s, individuals and corporations.


A global educator for over a decade, Julie has developed and delivered training programs on the topics of internet investigations, cybercrime, intelligence analysis, data security, digital currency, human trafficking, coercive control and organized crime in over 20 countries. More recently, Julie has trained the newly formed Risk and Threat Unit in “Strengthening Criminal Investigations and Evidence Sharing in Central America” in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Development, Canada.

Julie is an Ambassador for Embrace Child Victims of Crime and is a member of the Advisory Council for the Anti-Trafficking Intelligence Initiative, a non-profit organization focused on intelligence gathering and financial crime relating to human trafficking and modern slavery. She is an engaged member of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance, the Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, the High-Tech Crime Investigation Association and ASIS International.

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Watch this space as we start to update the speakers and sessions topics  


Contact Us
The Venue

The Venue

Hilton Sydney 

488 George Street, Sydney

Telephone: +61-2-9266-200

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