This year I have also witnessed first-hand more requests to do what I refer to as the 'dark arts' of open source.
The volatility of cryptocurrency has given attackers a lucrative target to gain some sort of profit without causing major disruptions to affected systems.
Human Hacking or Social Engineering is about learning how to communicate with intent.
I think there will be a continued interest from justice and accountability organisations in the use of open source evidence in their work...
The other side of the double-edged OSINT popularity sword in this case is mis-identification (and in worse cases, doxing).
In my line of work I actually saw an increase in the number of survivors of crime who are self-teaching as a means to both protect themselves and to help fight their own fights.
I love how the OSINT community is strengthening and growing. I'm seeing more people willing to share tools, tactics, and techniques with ever widening audiences.
The good trend is that I see the OSINT community grow. People helping each other in case work as well as sharing knowledge.
A greater uptake in the value of OSINT across public & private sectors to support intelligence based decision making...
I noticed a trend of people using alternative social media platforms which made OSINT more interesting in that...
We grow together as a community, make sure to give back to help educate others, and secure the world.
Many organizations are realising the benefit of hiring skilled intelligence analysts the jobs market for people with good analysis skills seems to be growing.
Deepfake technology has really taken off in 2021. The technology is growing faster than we are able to detect it...
The heart of the problem for many organisations comes in managing and understanding their intelligence requirements and to that end
I've noticed that OSINT is continuing to mature as an independent discipline in its own right, but public recognition of the true value of OSINT still has a way to go.