Learn Advanced Skills in Open Source Intelligence Analysis from Henley-Putnam University

Information flows to intelligence analysts from a variety of intelligence disciplines including human intelligence (HUMINT), signals intelligence (SIGINT), and open source intelligence (OSINT). More emphasis has been placed on open source intelligence collection and analysis in recent years because of the large amount of information available in the public domain thanks to the rapidly growing use and dependency of the internet worldwide as a viable and effective medium for storing, reporting, and sharing information. Additionally, more efficient data-retrieval and translation software programs have enabled intelligence analysts from across the intelligence community to access data faster than ever before.

One of the challenges for open source intelligence analysts is how to qualify and categorize the large volume of information available – collected information is only useful if it can be identified, catalogued and properly analyzed so that it can, in turn, be used to corroborate classified sources and/or contribute to final or finished intelligence products. Open source intelligence analysts rely on several approaches to analysis including pattern detection and what is known as “sense-making”, which entails a collaborative process of questioning assumptions and collecting information from disparate and even nontraditional sources, like opinions shared in blogs, discussion forums, and other types of subjective content.

In addition to classes that teach the fundamentals of open source intelligence collection, research, analysis and assessment, Henley-Putnam University provides students with the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor or Master of Science Degree in Intelligence Management. These unique, comprehensive programs are taught 100% online by expert faculty that have real world experience, having served in various senior roles throughout government, including the Intelligence Community. Learn how intelligence manifests itself in many ways, requiring an astute and open mind to determine how to analyze and understand what and where intelligence can be found as well as how it can be used. Embark down your path to success today and give Henley-Putnam a call.



  • Henley-Putnam University is the only accredited (DETC) university that specializes exclusively in intelligence, counterterrorism and protection and offers over 100 courses on topics such as covert actions, counterterrorism and intelligence team management. By completing a degree here you will further differentiate yourself as a specialist among your peers. Pursue a Bachelors or Masters Degree within your chosen specialty, or a Doctorate in Strategic Security.
  • Regardless of which degree you choose to pursue, all of our degrees can be completed online. We offer a level of personalized and confidential service that gives our students access to top faculty members and administrators.
  • Henley-Putnam faculty members are leaders within their specialties who have served in senior roles working for intelligence organizations such as the CIA, DIA, FBI, US Secret Service, and Special Forces. Our faculty members bring, on average, 21 years of practical wisdom and hands-on experience.
  • Each one of our students is paired with a faculty career mentor who will help them navigate the world of Intelligence and Strategic Security. In this industry, who you know is essential to your future success.
  • Students immediately become part of a valuable network of strategic security and intelligence professionals.

Henley-Putnam University’s coursework will help you to develop a deep understanding of practical intelligence skills and build your knowledge of OSINT and other intelligence disciplines.

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