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GIAC Open Source Intelligence (GOSI)

The GOSI certification confirms that practitioners have a strong foundation in OSINT methodologies and frameworks and are well-versed in data collection, reporting, and analyzing targets.

Areas Covered

  • Open Source Intelligence Methodologies and Frameworks
  • OSINT Data Collection, Analysis, and Reporting
  • Harvesting Data from the Dark Web

Who is GOSI for?

  • Cyber Incident Responders
  • Digital Forensics (DFIR) analysts
  • Penetration Testers
  • Social Engineers
  • Law Enforcement
  • Intelligence Personnel
  • Recruiters
  • Private Investigators
  • Insurance Investigators
  • Human Resources Personnel
  • Researchers 

Exam Format

  • 1 proctored exam
  • 75 questions
  • 2 hours
  • Minimum passing score of 76%


NOTE: All GIAC Certification exams are web-based and required to be proctored. There are two proctoring options: remote proctoring through ProctorU, and onsite proctoring through PearsonVUE. Click here for more information.

GIAC certification attempts will be activated in your GIAC account after your application has been approved and according to the terms of your purchase. Details on delivery will be provided along with your registration confirmation upon payment. You will receive an email notification when your certification attempt has been activated in your account. You will have 120 days from the date of activation to complete your certification attempt.

Exam Certification Objectives & Outcome Statements

  • Dark Web
    The candidate will be able to utilize the dark web to perform data collection.
  • General Data Collection
    The candidate will be able to collect, analyze, and report on personal data including usernames, contact information, images, maps, and other publicly available data.
  • Government and Enterprises
    The candidate will be able to use government provided data and other data sources to research businesses and government activity, including breach data.
  • Network Data
    The candidate will be able to discover and inspect information about domains, IP addresses, and networks.
  • OSINT Foundations
    The candidate will recognize the goals of OSINT and the data collection life cycle, including be able to implement an OSINT process through the use of a secure data collection & documentation platform.
  • OSINT Frameworks and Tools
    The candidate will be able to use frameworks, recon suites, and search engines to aid in the harvesting and analysis of data.
  • Social Media
    The candidate will be able to collect, analyze, and report on social media data, including an understanding of the use of sock puppets.

Other Resources

  • Training is available in a variety of modalities including live training and OnDemand
  • Practical work experience can help ensure that you have mastered the skills necessary for certification.
  • College level courses or self paced study through another program or materials may meet the needs for mastery.
  • Get information about the procedure to contest exam results.

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