Open-Source Investigations for the Export Control Professional

16 June 15.00 - 17.00 BST
23 June 15.00 - 17.00 BST
30 June 15.00 - 17.00 BST
Price: £750.00
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A must-attend training course for compliance professionals

‘If there’s one category of online training that I’d advise compliance professionals to invest in, it’s open source investigation – essential to due diligence, customer verification, destination confirmation and more.’

So said former Bureau of Industry & Security Special Agent Don Pearce during his highly-acclaimed WorldECR Forum presentation in January this year – and the statement was the genesis of a three-part online introduction to open-source investigative techniques you can use in your compliance and due diligence activities, as Don shares the skills he picked up while conducting criminal investigations, performing end-use verifications, and compliance monitoring for export controls while in government service.   

In three sessions of up to 90 minutes, you will walk through real-world search techniques, identify sources of information to verify the bona fides of parties to a transaction, corroborate information on business activities, and locate shipments, vessels, and aircraft on the internet.  Topics include: finding commercial information resources, how to use geospatial imagery and an introduction to vessel & aircraft tracking sites.  The course concludes with a chance to see how it fits together by conducting live searches and analysing the results in real-time. 

Part One (16 June): Commercial Research Resources         

  • Web search terms optimisation
  • Business records available on the web
  • Gathering information through webpages and social media accounts
  • Deep-diving on a company via the internet archive

Part Two (23 June): Geospatial and Tracking Resources

  • Satellite imagery available on the web
  • Planning a virtual site visit
  • Introduction to aircraft and vessel tracking

Part Three (30 June): Putting it all together

  • Search corporate records in real-time
  • Conduct a virtual site visit
  • Find vessel and aircraft traffic
  • Documenting your findings

About the instructor:

Donald Pearce, a retired Special Agent from the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, is a subject matter expert in strategic trade control policy, transnational criminal investigations, and digital investigative techniques.  Don has used the methods covered in this course to uncover illicit export activity, support end-use verifications, and track suspicious shipments worldwide.