In this episode, Stephen Roper discusses open source investigations and risk management. He explains open-source intelligence (OSINT) as the collection and analysis of publicly available information, including social media content and background records. He highlights the depth and legitimacy OSINT provides compared to social media investigations. Roper also discusses the versatility and vast utilities of OSINT, noting its evolution to include not just the subject of interest but their connections as well. The conversation emphasizes the importance of a solid methodology to ensure the legitimacy of findings.
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Partner, DigiStream Carolinas
Stephen is a managing partner for the DigiStream Investigations in the Carolinas region. Prior to that, he was the senior intelligence specialist of the DigiStream Intel Division overseeing background, social media, medical and accident scene investigations nationally. Stephen has completed over 1,000 digital investigations and is a licensed private investigator. Prior to DigiStream, Stephen was a reporter for the Shenzhen Daily in Shenzhen, China as well as an instructor at the prestigious Bao’an Zhong Xue Academy. He graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a double major in English and media writing.
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