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Executive Mosaic’s Weekly GovCon Round-up: “Information Doesn’t Have to be Secret to be Valuable”

Weekly Roundup
July 24 – July 28 2017

A Note From Our President & Founder Jim Garrettson

Open source intelligence (OSINT), as described in a previous Weekly Round Up column, is an incredibly powerful research methodology that is already being used by forward looking companies and agencies. In the last column I examined the opportunities presented by utilizing OSINT gathering techniques, as well as the potential roadblocks, such as irrelevant information being captured, one may experience when gathering open source intelligence. This week, I would like to expand on the benefits and opportunities provided by utilizing OSINT.

As a recap, OSINT is a term used to refer to data or information that is overtly gathered from publicly available sources and used in an intelligence context. Publicly available information can be anything ranging from academic journals and newspapers to blogs and social media posts. When these publicly available pieces of information are used in an intelligence gathering context, it is considered OSINT.

OSINT is not a new concept, but recent advances in information technology have enabled more organizations, agencies and individuals to project their voices, creating a spike in the amount of open source information available. The increased amount of information and perspectives shared is strengthening OSINT’s capability to address new and more complex intelligence-related questions.

OSINT provides an opportunity to discover unvarnished truths within a sea of big data. However, finding those truths is no simple undertaking, especially given the explosive rate of growth in data produced each day. Yet, the ever-growing amount of data can be turned into an advantage for the OSINT practitioner. With the exponential increase in data comes a myriad of different perspectives on just about any topic, which can be used to obtain a bird’s eye view.

For the GovCon industry, this means that OSINT can greatly assist organizations, companies and government agencies in creating holistic projections of the current and future initiatives and policies. Instead of being constrained by a single narrative, OSINT practitioners are able to distill the information into actionable intelligence and make timely decisions based on the vast mosaic of differing perceptions that open source intelligence provides. Furthermore, the all-encompassing net cast by OSINT can be used as a means of monitoring trends and forecasting where those trends may lead.

The profound capabilities of OSINT are built upon the foundations of its highly versatile nature: OSINT is not limited to a single industry, field or subject; it can be integrated into any type of organization and can be adapted to capture any type of information.

If your organization is interested in learning more about OSINT and leveraging its capabilities, consider the ArchIntel Daily Intelligence Briefing. The ArchIntel Daily Intelligence Briefing is a completely customized, human-intelligence powered daily briefing service built upon a sophisticated open source information gathering platform. Delivering only the most relevant and actionable intelligence to you and your team, the ArchIntel Daily Intelligence Briefing can be customized to deliver everything from industry trend monitoring to competitive intelligence and situational awareness.

THIS WEEK’S TOP NEWS STORIES

Weekly Contract Awards
This week’s top GovCon contract awards. Cyber Apex Solutions, BAE, DynCorp International, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, HII-Honeywell, Jacobs Engineering Group & more.
Navy Selects 3 Firms for Potential $300M Enterprise IT, Software Support Contract
Three companies have won spots on a potential eight-year, $300 million contract for product development and sustainment services to the U.S. Navy‘s program executive office for enterprise information systems.
Hortonworks Makes New Leadership Appointments in Line With Growth Strategy
Hortonworks has appointed Chief Financial Officer Scott Davidson and Senior Vice President Scott Reasoner as well as hired Hewlett Packard Enterprise software business Chief Operating Officer Alan Fudge to assume new leadership roles.
Christopher Kubasik to Succeed Michael Strianese as L3 CEO in 2018
Christopher Kubasik, president and chief operating officer of L3 Technologies, has been elected to serve as president, CEO and a board member of the company in a move that takes effect Jan. 1.
NASA Issues RFP for $145M HQ IT Support Services III Contract
NASA has released a request for proposals for a potential five-year, $145 million contract to provide information technology services to all mission directorates and support offices at the agency’s headquarters.
7 Firms Land Spots on $115M EPA IT Solutions-Business Info Strategic Support III IDIQ
The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded seven companies positions on a potential five-year, $115 million contract that covers information technology support services to EPA’s environmental information, national program, administrative, field and regional offices.
DynCorp Lands $217M Contract Modification to Extend US Army Support in Afghanistan
DynCorp International has received a one-year, $217 million task order modification to continue to provide base life support and maintenance services for U.S. Armypersonnel in Afghanistan.
Chris Sambar: AT&T, FirstNet to Integrate Cybersecurity Into Devices, Apps for Public Safety Broadband Network
Chris Sambar, a senior vice president at AT&T, has said the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T will work to integrate cybersecurity into devices and applications as part of the proposed wireless broadband network for public safety personnel.
Ex-GSA Officials Tom Sharpe, Kevin Youel Page Establish Consulting Firm Integrity
Tom Sharpe, former commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, has established a consulting firm with Kevin Youel Page, former FAS deputy commissioner.
Anti-Drone Technology Provides Key Piece to Security Puzzle; Jim O’Neill Comments
A recent Federal court ruling determined that the FAA’s drone registration rules do not apply to non-commercial drone flights, and that hobbyist drone operators do not need to register with the FAA.

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