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    • 04 Mar 2021
    • 9:20 AM - 10:30 AM (UTC-00:00)
    • Online
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    Midlands Fraud Forum


    Open Source Intelligence and how best to use it

    Thursday 4 March 2021

    9.20am - 10.30am

    This will be a live online event run using Microsoft Teams.

    The link will be issued upon registration

    Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) is becoming a vital source to the fraud investigator/researcher as it offers access to un-classified information including social networks, forums, business websites, blogs, videos, photos and news sources.

    Many law enforcement agencies are now using OSINT for the prediction, prevention, investigation, and prosecution of criminals.  Although OSINT is unclassified and available, it is not always easily found as much of it is available in the deep or hidden web meaning that index 'surface' search engines like Google do not always access it.  In fact it has been suggested that ‘surface’ search engines such as Google, Yahoo, or Bing actually access only a tiny fraction of the internet estimated at 0.03% (Source: The Guardian). 

    So how do you maximise your internet search without leaving digital finger prints?

    We continue with our virtual Master Class programme and are delighted to invite you to hear Dr Stephen Hill presenting the latest open sources of intelligence and how to use it to trace suspects and witnesses as well as gathering intelligence on organisations and entities.

    There's nothing that cannot be found through some search engine

    or on the Internet somewhere…

    (Eric Schmidt)



    Registration, Welcome & Introduction

    9:30 – 10:25

    Dr Stephen Hill, BSc (Hons), MLPI, CIIP, CFE, PhD Managing Director, Hill Bingham Ltd 

    10:25 – 10:30







    Dr Stephen Hill, BSc (Hons), MLPI, CIIP, CFE, PhD Managing Director, Hill Bingham Ltd

    Dr Stephen Hill is the managing director of Hill Bingham Ltd. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and expert trainer with over 20 years’ experience providing services to the private and public sector in fraud (cyber) risk management, data security/protection and internet investigations & open source intelligence.

    Stephen spent over 11 years working for a top international firm of chartered accountants heading the Fraud and Forensic Group, leading an expert body advising clients on prevention, detection and recovery of fraudulent assets, working closely with the police, HMRC and private sector.

    Dr Hill spent 12 years as a Trustee Director of the Fraud Advisory Panel and is now a special advisor. He chaired the Fraud Advisory Panel's Cybercrime Working Group with colleagues from the public, private, and third sectors. He is an honorary member on the steering committee of the London Fraud Forum and sits on the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) UK Chapter committee. He is the co-director of Fraud Training Ltd an ACFE ‘Authorised Training Organisation’ and the exclusive provider of the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) Exam Review Course for the United Kingdom.

    Stephen spent over 2 years training the National Crime Agency and their National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) and has since become a National Crime Agency Special advising on OSINT and internet investigations.

    Dr Hill has spoken at conferences in the UK, Europe, UAE and SE Asia aimed at both corporate and regulatory sectors including running a special cyber security and OSINT course in Abu Dhabi for ADAA (Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority). In 2017 Dr Hill completed a tour of Australia and New Zealand visiting the major cities and speaking to audiences on the risks of cyber-crime and the importance of open source intelligence. In addition, he has trained UK and European police forces (including Operation Podium in the buildup to the 2012 Olympics and the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorist Group SO15), the Lithuania’s Cyber Crime Unit, Home Office, private-sector fraud units, not-for-profit organisations, and major world banks, telecommunication companies and retailers.

    He has written for several well-known publications, including The Sunday Times, Accountancy Magazine, FS Focus, Recovery Journal, Charity Finance, and the Solicitors Journal, and commented on Radio 5 and the BBC's Real Story. Stephen has contributed to many fraud and risk management publications, including CIMA's Fraud Risk Management: A Guide to Good Practice.

    Stephen has published a book called Corporate Fraud: Prevention & Detection by Bloomsbury Professional with practical advice on all aspects of fraud and how to prevent it, with the royalties going to the charity Victim Support. He is currently working on a new publication on open source intelligence and internet-based investigations.

    With an appointment as a Volunteer to the City of London police Economic Crime Directorate, Stephen assists fraud investigators with the aid of online investigation techniques. In addition, he is an associate lecturer at the Economic Crime Academy at the City of London police running foundation and advanced level internet investigation and open source intelligence courses. Stephen speaks to schools on the dangers of the Internet in line with his role as a safeguarding and child protection governor at his local primary school.

    Wider information on courses available with Dr Stephen Hill such as Using Open Source for Financial Crime Intelligence can be found here

    Download the Master Class Flyer here

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05 Dec 2018 Midlands Fraud Forum Debate
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12 Dec 2017 Victimology
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18 Jun 2015 Investigative Interviewing
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