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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Securing the Human
Nicholas will explore the convergence of human security, OSINT & cyber considerations for developing holistic security programs to protect national critical infrastructure
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
Sock Puppets, Dark Web Markets & Women in OSINT
Emerald will span across three important topics of sock puppet management, the real vectors for dark web investigations & the opportunities for women in OSINT
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
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
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
North Korean Sanctions Busters
Michelle will detail a recent investigation that relied primarily on OSINT to expose a network of North Korean sanctions busters across Central and West
Africa, whose activities highlight a new typology used by the North Korean government to evade
DAY 2 NETWORKING COCKTAIL EVENING
We will be hosting a cocktail evening at the end of day 2 for in-person participants to network & enjoy food & drinks whilst talking about the amazing OSINT presentations over the last 2 days of the conference.
Food & drinks are included with the purchase of your in-person ticket.
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
Formal Training Sessions delivered by OSINT Combine
This day will be available for those who purchase a Day 3 pass on registration
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
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