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The Australian OSINT Symposium is a conference for government groups, corporations & the public to come together and collaborate on open source intelligence techniques & share experiences to foster greater efficiencies and effectiveness within Australian & global organizations

All profits will be donated to counter-human trafficking non-profits

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Keynote Speaker

Marcus Thompson AM, PhD


Marcus is an experienced senior leader with highly developed technical skills and academic knowledge in cybersecurity, information technology, and information warfare. 
He is a published national thought leader in cybersecurity, with a noted skill for articulating complex technical concepts in simple language. 
He is noted for his progressive and innovative approach to complex problem solving, and strategic planning, helping organisations and national institutions achieve their goals.  

He is widely known and respected for his personable and patient approach to leadership that is focused on respect, empathy, and the personal development of team members.

Marcus joins the corporate sphere after a long and successful career in the Australian Army, culminating in a four-year appointment as the inaugural Head of Information Warfare for the Australian Defence Force as a Major General. Over three decades of service saw Marcus employed in a wide variety of leadership, operational, and staff roles, within both conventional and special military units, and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Marcus is well placed to deliver key insights on the benefits of public-private partnership particularly as we navigate the challenges presenting from the rise of online misinformation, disinformation and increasing risks to supply chain vulnerability.  

Marcus Thompson will deliver his keynote on Day 2 of the conference so all can attend

Event Speakers

Day 1

Closed-door sessions specific for law enforcement, government agencies & military around the world

Access to this day of sessions will be made available only to registrants who can identify through a government work email address

Session Details

This day will see a series of leading speakers from national security agencies, law enforcement & militaries from around the world share valuable insights on the role OSINT plays in the modern information environment, how it applies to a range of topics from counter-terrorism, counter-human-trafficking, modern combative environments & criminal investigations.

As a closed-door day, unclassified but more sensitive topics will be discussed with an intent to collaborate with international partners on emerging techniques & challenges

National Security Agency

Geospatial Fusion with OSINT

This talk will explore the process of fusing OSINT with other forms of intelligence to create strong geo-spatial intelligence practices & the various data sources available

State Law Enforcement

Real-Time Intelligence

This talk will delve into the challenges of creating real-time intelligence centers to support active policing in complex environments. The disciplines & use of OSINT to support ground-based units


Countering State Actors

This talk will delve into state actor cyber attacks and the methods to identify, track and assess future actions to create effective counter-strategies

Federal Law Enforcement

Social Media Exploitation

This talk will be presented from an international guest on the opportunities to gain valuable intelligence using OSINT techniques against social media

Counter-Human Trafficking

Hybrid Teams for Counter-Human Trafficking

This talk will detail the benefits of existeing hybrid civilian-government teams for countering human trafficking & driving public-private-partnerships to tackle child exploitation


Digital Footprints - Grey Zone Vulnerabilities

This talk will explore the vulnerabilities of military personnel due to expanding digital footprints. This will be framed in the context of grey zone operations and the risks to future operations

Industry Expert

OSINT & Counter-Terrorism

This talk will provide a guide on how to set up collection & monitoring for terrorist activity occuring in open-sources

National Security Specialist

Supply Chain, Securing Humans & OSINT

This talk will walk through the growing trend of insecure humans & digital footprint exploitation leading to complex cyber attacks. The speaker will detail the association to Australia's national interests and critical services

Day 2 & beyond...

Open-door sessions by industry professionals to discuss OSINT within the corporate sector & foster greater public-private partnerships in Australia

Session Details

This day will see a series of industry experts in the OSINT & security environment provide valuable insights into how they use OSINT to support their operations & the challenges of working in public-private partnerships to address corporate responsibilities & national security requirements. 

Practitioners through to senior leadership across a broad spectrum of industries & experiences will provide a mosaic of how important OSINT is for the corporate sector & the protection of people in the modern information society

Steve Micallef

Misusing OSINT to claim election fraud

Steve will explore how OSINT tools can be used for disinformation with a real-world case of Spiderfoot being misused to claim election fraud


Deborah Jeppesen

Building strong OSINT Service Teams

Deb will delve into the challenges of building strong OSINT services teams that strive for collaboration with industry partners on complex problem sets. Use-cases around topics of strategic importance will be explored


Amy Ormrod

Using OSINT tools and techniques to inform intelligence-led and mission-focused analysis

Amy will unpack the tools and techniques to develop foundational intelligence-led & mission-focused analysis practices


Nicholas Martin

Securing the Human

Nicholas will explore the convergence of human security, OSINT & cyber considerations for developing holistic security programs to protect national critical infrastructure

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Shane Britten
Crime Stoppers International

OSINT support to Crime Stoppers International Programs

Shane will detail the role OSINT plays with support to crime stopper international efforts around the world to fight crime


Emerald Sage
OSINT Combine

Using Sock Puppets to Inform and Defend


Emerald will share her techniques for developing and operating this capability. She will be joined by OSINT Combine's Kyle Randall who will introduce an exciting new capability that can automate this capability for you.


Daniel Maki
Institute for Strategic Dialogue

Case Studies in Fighting Online Extremism

Daniel will share insights into case-studies about safeguarding human rights and countering extremism online through his work with Institute for Strategic Dialogue


Nico Dekens
Dutch OSINT Guy

Disinformation in the Online Environment

Nico will step through the prolific disinformation propagating online and develop techniques for validation & verification in the OSINT environment


Dr Sam Blazek
TwoSix Technologies

Novel Information Collection

Sam will discuss methods for combining passive and active data collection mechanisms as well as multiple modalities to gather rich information from hard-to-reach populations


Emerson Brooking
Atlantic Council

​Information Manipulation

Emerson will explore his experience with how OSINT and information manipulation have changed the character of conflict and how government and militaries are trying to adapt

Day 3

Formal Training Sessions delivered by OSINT Combine

This day will be available for those who purchase a Day 3 pass on registration

Applied Disinformation

with OSINT

This session will provide a deep dive on applied disinformation for the tactical & operational practitioner. We will learn about the origins of disinformation, understand how modern troll networks operate, investigate fake news & define a methodology for dealing with misinformation & disinformation in the work environment

Investigating Supply Chains

with OSINT

Supply chain risk from cyber or human compromise is becoming one of the biggest problems in modern society. Often the human is the weakest link where adversaries target the digital footprints of staff & leverage the online society for asymmetric advantages. We will learn how to investigate organisations & their staff for indicators of compromise, identify potential insider threats & highlight vulnerabilities of employees from their digital footprints which can lead to influence or compromise as part of the supply chain using open-source intelligence

Dark Web Investigations

This session will introduce participants to the Dark Web, provide an understanding of the attribution risks associated & learn how to find various marketplaces as part of your investigations

Additionally, we will explore effective search techniques to when looking for information on the dark web


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