Our instructors have been collecting, documenting, and analysing digital information on criminal and extremist organizations, international fugitives, money laundering, hidden assets, risk areas, and rogue businesses on behalf of private individuals, companies, and government bodies for several decades now. Recently, our combined knowledge has earned us exclusive accreditation as a training program in the field of Information-led investigations and response:


Digital Information-led Operational Specialist®


This modular post-bachelor (higher vocational level) program, consisting of sequential levels (permanent education and post-bachelor) combines the following methodologies:


  • OSINT & SOCMINT: Open Source & Social Media Intelligence
  • C-HUMINT: Cyber Human Intelligence (Special Digital Research Techniques)
  • PFDAV: Predictive Forensic Data Analytics & Visualisation®


A practical combination of Open-Source Intelligence with special digital research techniques and different operational analyses offers a much broader flow of information that is often necessary to implement preventive or repressive measures. In practice, merely tracing information offers no power of enforcement: usable intelligence only arises when information is placed within a certain context.


What are the target-groups for this program?

This program was developed for all professionals involved in Information-led Investigation and Response (IIR); meaning anyone who uses the internet to obtain, fixate, visualise, and analyse digital information to efficiently achieve and substantiate a predetermined goal. The focal point of this program lies in understanding the online behaviours or activities of individuals, organizations, or businesses. An enhanced understanding will result in more effective digital investigations.


Learn more about OSIDATA® and IACA Data Collection & Analytics Applications

To offer these programs, we developed a unique digital Education Platform. This secure platform – OSIDATA® – includes thousands of OSINT, SOCMINT, and PFDAV-related tools, techniques, videos, scripts and reference works.


Overview of IACA Digital Information-led Operational Specialist® learning objectives | OSINT-1 (IACA DILOS/OSINT-1)


Component 1: Introduction to Digital Information-led Investigation & Response

Component 2: IACA Tactical Digital Elements

Component 3: Cybersecurity

Component 4: Operators and compiling effective search queries

Component 5: Fixating digital information

Component 6: IACA ViSim®: Virtual Intelligence Simulation

Component 7: The dark and deep webs

Component 8: Digital Business Intelligence 


During this course, the participants use procedures and registered software exclusively developed by IACA. As a result, this training can only be followed at IACA.


Normally, this course is taught as an open classroom training. However, given your work activities, we can imagine that you may want to pose questions freely. In this case, we can provide closed-access training at your location from a minimum of twelve participants. As you have come to expect, we also provide fully tailored training based on (parts of) this module. We are happy to provide a suitable proposal.


Our instructors have been screened and are in confidentially agreements with various government services. Naturally, signing specific confidentiality agreements with respect to your organization or service is not an issue.


Certification & Recognition

Our education institute has been assessed by and is registered with CRKBO (Dutch Central Register for Post Vocational Education). This module (IACA DILOS/OSINT-1) is part of the recognized training program Digital Information-led Operational Specialist®. This training concerns recognized registered education assessed and accredited by the Dutch Central Register for Post Vocational Education and the Dutch Register for post-bachelor Education (SPHBO). This makes our vocational school the only civil organization in Europe able and permitted to issue this registered diploma. Upon completion of this module, you will receive the following IACA certificate:


  • Digital Information-led Operational Specialist® | OSINT-1


Subsequent modules


Following the successful completion of the IACA DILOS/OSINT-1 module, you can enter and participate in the IACA DILOS/OSINT-2 module. Click here for more information on certificate recognition.

  • This training consists of three training days.

  • Physical classroom
    IACA has an excellent teaching location in Gilze-Rijen, where physical classroom training is provided.
    Virtual classroom
    IACA has also an exclusive virtual classroom. This ensures that the teaching experience of a virtual classroom lesson is exactly the same as the physical classroom lesson.
    For example, you can see each other, interact and ask questions live in class.
    The lesson hours, days and the number of participants are the same as the physical classroom lessons.


    • In-House training: please contact one of our training coordinators