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Trace Labs is a Canadian based non profit specializing in the crowd sourcing of open source intelligence collection. In this series, we explore the topics, techniques and tools that relate to OSINT collection. read less


Episode 22. - OSINT and Social Engineering with Chris Kirsch
Feb 10 2023
Episode 22. - OSINT and Social Engineering with Chris Kirsch
The best Social Engineers do a tremendous amount of research before engaging a target. As luck would have it, we get to speak with one of them today! Chris and I talk about the pivotal role of OSINT in preparing for an SE engagement and also get a "peek behind the curtain" in relation to OSINT sources during a Social Engineering "capture the flag" style competition.  Chris Kirsch is the CEO of runZero (, a cyber asset management company he co-founded with Metasploit creator HD Moore. Chris started his career at an InfoSec startup in Germany and has since worked for PGP, nCipher, Rapid7, and Veracode. He has a passion for OSINT and Social Engineering. In 2017, he earned the Black Badge for winning the Social Engineering capture the flag competition at DEF CON, the world’s largest hacker conference. If you'd like to learn more about Chris and the organizations he advocates for:Defcon 2022 OSINT & vishing research: call from DEF CON SECTF 2017: perimeter recon using runZero: Intelligence talk at Layer 8 Conference: Talent Intelligence Collective: Child Protection Task Force (NCPTF): profile: profile: profile:' company: to learn more about Open Source Intelligence?Follow us on Twitter: @TraceLabsJoin our Discord server: out the site: