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Open Source Intelligence with Maltego

Paterva | July 22-23 & July 24-25


Getting acquainted with the different sources of OSINT available to a security analyst can be a daunting task even with the use of a tool like Maltego. During this course, we will help you unlock the true potential and raw power of Maltego – from helping you to understand the underlying technologies to exploring the full potential of Maltego's analytic capabilities.
The success of any online investigation relies on the information you can find and how it can be related to what you already know. We will show you how 100's of public information sources can be queried and how you can find meaningful relationships in their results.
This is a 2-day hands-on course packed with practical exercises using real world data, giving participants real world experience with the tool whilst being trained by the very people that developed the tool. Our course is taken by the same people who build Maltego and use it every day.

What you will learn?
Day 1:
  • Introduction to Maltego and Open Source Intelligence (OSINT).
  • How to get the most out of the tool - the tips and tricks that we regularly use in investigations.
  • Importing and exporting data to/from Maltego.
  • Mapping organizations on infrastructure level.
  • Classifying infrastructure.
  • Determining technologies used by a company and identifying possible weak spots.

Day 2:
  • Attribution - find the people and organizations behind the infrastructure we found on day 1.
  • Techniques to find, profile and influence individuals or groups of people
  • Working with social networks, geo-tagged pictures, devices and aliases.
  • Spheres of influence around individuals.

Who Should Take this Course

This course offers skill-sets that apply to almost anyone interested in gathering information and gaining intelligence. Specifically, people in the following industries will benefit greatly:
  • Open source intelligence.
  • IT security
  • Law enforcement or intelligence
  • Data mining

Student Requirements

Basic knowledge of OSINT and networking. Understanding how Internet services work is an advantage.

What Students Should Bring

Bring your own laptop and EXTERNAL mouse! Ethernet connection preferred.

What Students Will Be Provided With

  • Course material to be provided electronically.
  • Commercial Maltego license to use during the course.
  • Copy of our training slides


Andrew Macpherson is the operations manager at Paterva. He completed a degree in Information Science (BiS) at the University of Pretoria in 2006 and set out into the world building web apps. This experience gave him an excellent understanding of how they work and opened his eyes as to how they can be leveraged for information. It was during this time that Roelof Temmingh flagged him as someone that would be a valuable asset to Paterva and picked him up in 2007/8. Since then he has been coding transforms, improving the open source intelligence and making tea. He is very passionate about the product and accepts all challenges. Andrew has an unhealthy obsession with information mapping and forensics.

Paul Richards joined the Paterva team back in 2014 as a software-developer and lead of Maltego technical support. He has a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and has been involved in writing new Maltego transforms and knows the tool inside and out.