About the organization: “The organizers were highly experienced and treated everything with due attention to detail. All notifications were made in advance, a special workplace was set up in Slack, and there were chats on various topics including subjects such as #petlovers, #workplacesetting, #abusereport, among others. They were also very responsive, constantly answering questions in chats, and actively participating throughout.”
About the participants: “There were a lot of participants from all over the world, ranging from students to professionals in their field. Young specialists came away with great motivation, while professionals were able to further strengthen their skills.”
About the OSINT tools: “The conference speakers introduced a plethora of valuable ideas, showing just how extensive OSINT is and how, with its help, a wide variety of tasks can be solved – I personally learned a great deal of interesting things. With our presentation, we showed the internal workings of OSINT from a technical standpoint: the processes taking place within, and how to view all this differently.”
About the atmosphere: “There was a friendly and supportive atmosphere. I was glad that lots of people reacted positively to our presentation via the Slack channel, asking questions and sharing their lovely insights. While everyone understood that I was not a native English speaker, I felt that I grasped the main ideas from comments while putting across what I intended to convey. I hadn’t participated in such an event before, and the experience has motivated me to improve my English level. In hindsight, I felt that I could’ve given more details about where these tools can be used. I think this question was really dealt with towards the end of the Q and A.”
The Social Links team was happy to participate in the conference, delivering experience from our side as well as gaining valuable insights in exchanging ideas with other professionals. The next SANS Open-Source Intelligence Summit will be held in a year.