Book Review: Internet Searches for Vetting, Investigations, and Open-Source Intelligence

By Edward J. Appel; Reviewed by Rich Petraitis

***** Internet Searches for Vetting, Investigations, and Open-Source Intelligence. By Edward J. Appel. CRC Press,; 320 pages; $69.95.

Edward J. Appel, CEO of iName­Check, has written a primer for today’s security professionals covering the ins and outs of Internet vetting, data mining, and intelligence gathering. Appel could have aptly titled the book, Going Beyond Google, since his work champions a wide range of techniques for using open source resources on the Web for investigative, intelligence, and research purposes.

Corporate intelligence and other research professionals will be pleased with the electronic methods provided within the text that will aid them in accomplishing their often challenging daily tasks. No doubt, corporate intelligence analysts will also find useful the specific information provided on how to build profiles on competitor firms and adversarial agents without breaking the law.

Among the strengths of this book are the chapters dedicated to Internet litigation and enterprise liability, areas that have become legal dynamite as more companies seek to use the Internet to vet new employees and to conduct investigations that concern existing employees. The author presents Model Internet Search Guidelines, which can serve as an excellent template for investigators, analysts, and researchers. Logical and legal approaches to Internet searches are stressed throughout the guidelines, and the reader is continually reminded that online information may not be accurate.

(To continue reading this review from our December 2011 issue, please click here)


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