How to Scale Your OSINT Research with Data Enrichment by Gergo Varga

June 21, 2022

Open source intelligence provides a rich treasure-trove of freely available data. It’s possible to tap into it with nothing more than a web browser and a search engine. 

A data point such as an email address or telephone number is all that’s needed to start following a trail – and there are many possible directions to take. For example, you can Google an email address, run the domain through a free WHOIS checker, search for it on data breach databases, or on multiple social networks. 

The trouble is, it’s a slow process. 

For example, say you’ve been harvesting email addresses and want to drill down to the best marketing targets, or that you wish to batch check the legitimacy of potential customers. OSINT research is a great way of doing these things, but manual searches can take forever. It just doesn't scale.   

Data enrichment can provide the solution, and that’s what we look at in this guide. Read on to find out how data enrichment can help you to perform your OSINT research in a fast and more automated way. 

Data Enrichment 101

Data enrichment is the process of gathering a wealth of information from a single data point and combining it into a report or profile. Such a pursuit can start with the phone number provided....

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