About this course

Tech type Essentials
Course code QASEMSMW
Duration 3 Hours

This workshop provides delegates with advanced knowledge in gathering Social Media Intelligence. It takes the gathering and finding of information online to the next level, with in-depth use of advanced tools that are vital for covert internet investigations and intelligence gathering. The workshop is highly practical, allowing attendees the time to explore and understand the tools and resources covered.

Date: Friday 8th June 2018

Location: Cyber Labs, QA International House, London

Time: 09:00 – 12:30

Cost: FREE

Target audience

This workshop is intended for anyone who wishes to be able to utilise advanced software and tools for finding intelligence on various social media platforms on the Internet. It will be of particular interest to those in the private and public sector investigations, compliance industry, financial institutions, insurance companies, journalists and those involved in intelligence collection fields.

Attendees will need to have Facebook, Twitter and email accounts they are happy to use on the day.

Attendees will learn about

  • What is Social Media?
  • Gaining valuable intelligence from Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn, Google+ and VK.
  • Utilizing free Open Source tools
  • What information can be found on the various social media platforms?
  • Utilizing advanced searching techniques
  • Delegates will be invited to go on to social media sites, to do live searches to discover, what content the user might be posting, as well as geofencing to determine their actual locations
  • To use Social Media for image analysis of photos and videos and content
  • Live monitoring social media content
  • How to securely capture and save the information they uncover


09:00 - 10:30

Social Media overview

  • The concept of social media
  • The value and benefits of social media and what it means for individuals and businesses
  • Popular social media platforms
  • Social media principles i.e. social never sleeps, content is king, social is mobile etc.
  • Social Media data breach
  • Social Media Search engines
  • Cyber Bullying on Social Media


  • Facebook advanced searching
  • Extracting data from Facebook
  • Facebook alerts and live streaming
  • Fake accounts on Facebook
  • Maintaining covert Facebook account
  • Hiding messages in Facebook

10:30 - 10.45


10:45 - 12:30


  • Twitter advanced searching
  • Twitter Analysis tools
  • Twitter image, video and profile search
  • Twitter Geo-location.
  • Twitter video live stream
  • Fake Twitter accounts
  • Twitter search API

Geo spatial analysis of Social Media - individuals, images and devices

  • Geo Spatial information sharing
  • Online Maps
  • Geo Tagging and Metadata
  • Geo locating online posts
  • Social Media online image analysis
  • Verifying images
  • Fake news
  • Video sharing sites

Presenter Biography


Mark Martin

Mark Martin

Cyber Security Trainer

Mark was a Senior Investigating Officer working in Law Enforcement with over 31 years’ experience of working in the various government agencies including the National Crime Agency. He has handled numerous cases involving drug trafficking, money laundering, endangered species, fraud, tackling child abuse online, extortion, hacking, and various other computer crimes. Mark is an advanced mobile and digital Forensics practitioner. Mark has utilised his open source intelligence skills to locate and identify individuals and criminal organisations online. Mark was one of the founding members of the elite team called the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit, set up in 2001 to tackle with online threats. He also worked in partnership with Europol and Interpol and was instrumental in dismantling a highly sophisticated international online paedophile organisation. He has also delivered training in Europol on child abuse online Open Source intelligence. Mark is also GCT certified to deliver GCHQ certified courses.

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