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Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) Market Size By Security (Human Intelligence, Content Intelligence, Dark Web Analytics, Link/Network Analytics, Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Security), By Technology (Big Data Software, Video Analytics, Text Analytics, Visualization Tools, Cybersecurity, Web Analysis, Social Media Analysis), Application (Military & Defense, Private Sector, Public Sector, National Security), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

  • Report ID: GMI5037
  • Published Date: Apr 2021
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Trends

Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) Market size exceeded USD 5 billion in 2020 and is poised to register gains at over 25% CAGR between 2021 and 2027. Increasing demand for data gathering from publicly available sources for gaining crucial business insights will drive the industry growth. OSINT enables organizations to gain a better understanding of strategies adopted by rival firms and take countermeasures to expand market presence across a diverse clientele. Cyber intelligence has also become a key industry enabler for security agencies to track the digital footprints of criminals to curb terrorism, industrial espionage, and cyberthreats against national security.

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The OSINT industry has received a strong impetus amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Market acceleration in the OSINT space has been substantial as R&D focus has shifted to a global analysis of publicly available information. OSINT tools are being rapidly deployed to detect patterns from which conclusions can be drawn for quick decision-making. The surge in fake news, spike in the use of social media platforms, and previously unknown methods of cyber-attacks amid the ongoing pandemic have brought intelligence gathering market to the fore.

The increasing traction of enterprises toward protection of digital assets has emerged as the major driving force behind OSINT market demand. With the proliferation of BYOD, businesses are pressurized to gather and analyze digital data for enhanced intelligence and maintaining market competitiveness. OSINT assists such enterprises in understanding the potential threats through openly available information and improving their protection measures for enhanced business continuity.

Granular focus on national security intelligence to expand data analytics market size in Germany

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In Germany, the data analytics segment generated around USD 42.66 million in revenue in 2020. Data analytics of openly available data has emerged as the major technology to cleanse, organize, and analyze the vast volumes of data. Data analytics ensures that enterprises deploy crucial resources for the mining and extraction of only relevant data, and incomprehensible masses of unfruitful data are ignored. German security agencies have actively deployed quantitative modelling of unclassified data through AI to improve national security intelligence.

Growing uptake of text analytics for enterprise intelligence to augment OSINT market growth in Japan

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The Japan text analytics market revenue accounted for more than USD 28.57 million in 2020 due to the rising adoption of business intelligence tools by enterprises to gain efficiency in business processes. Text analytics helps companies with analyzing unstructured data through integrated BI tools. It also complements the capabilities of BI tools to gain in-depth insights from the earlier discarded textual data. An upsurge in large volumes of unstructured data is enabling enterprises to adopt text analytics solutions along with BI software.

Enterprises offering text analytics-based OSINT solutions are boosting market competitiveness through add-on services, such as speech-to-text API and optical character recognition API in real time, complementing the results obtained from text analytics.

Prioritizing of AI vision for armed forces intelligence to fuel the South Korea market expansion

The military and defense segment in South Korea is set to attain a market share of above 25% by 2027. The increasing adoption of OSINT solutions in the country’s armed forces is impelled by the growing need to leverage AI and big data capabilities for gathering security intelligence. The optimization of combat intelligence, identification of right tactical warfare strategies, and the maximum utilization of military resources can be effectively carried out by leveraging the open source data along with classified information.

As per the February 2020 press release by South Korean Defense Ministry, the country announced its plans to showcase AI-enabled military technologies in the Defense Expo 2020 held in India. With plans to infuse AI technologies into military intelligence being the highlight of the expo, OSINT technologies offered by South Korea were the main attraction for majority of the clientele.

Catalyzed investments across security solutions will expand market size in Asia Pacific

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Asia Pacific OSINT market is expected to register significant growth with over 28% CAGR through 2027. The regional industry is characterized by increasing investments in cyber security, web intelligence, and big data analytics by large corporates for gaining market leverage. For instance, in Q3 2020, the Chinese AI industry witnessed a 63% quarter-on-quarter rise in AI-based funding. OSINT technologies, such as NLP, computer vision, and speech intelligence, raised about USD 6 billion in China between 2016-2020 across 163 funding rounds, which has strongly propelled the market expansion.

Dynamic transition toward third-generation OSINT to become the key market differentiator

The global OSINT market remains moderately fragmented with technology giants, such as Thales Group, Dassault Systems, NICE Ltd., and Verint Systems, holding a major chunk of the market. Prominent players operating in the market are placing an ever-growing emphasis on delivering advanced OSINT solutions that can cater to the changing threat dynamics, especially during the pandemic. For instance, in January 20201, Palantir Technologies launched the Real Data Platform for Security, Health, and Wellbeing (RDP) in Japan. The platform is aimed to improve healthcare in Japan, streamline supply chains across industries, and increase security and resilience.

Another major market development included the release of a targeted mass data collection tool by Fivecast, an Australian SME, in November 2020, which can gather structured and unstructured data across open source platforms including texts, images, and videos. The OSINT market has also witnessed several strategic alliances between key players to launch new products with added functionalities and to maintain revenue share & profitability such as the collaboration of Thales with Fivecast to improve on Fivecast’s product capabilities.

Some of the key OSINT market players are Context Information Security Limited, CYBELANGEL S.A.S, Dassault Systems SE, Dataiku Inc., Digimind S.A., Expert System S.p.A, INTELLEXIA Srls, Intrinsec Security, Inc., IPS S.p.A., KB Crawl SAS, Maltego Technologies GmbH, NetSentries Technologies FZCO, NICE Limited, Octogence Tech Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Palantir Technologies, Inc., Recorded Future Inc., SAIL LABS Technology GmbH (HENSOLDT), Social Links Software BV, Thales S.A., and Verint Systems, Inc.

This market research report on OSINT includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD from 2016 to 2027 for the following segments:

Market, By Security

  • Human Intelligence
  • Content Intelligence
  • Dark Web Analytics
  • Link/Network Analytics
  • Data Analytics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data Security

Market, By Technology

  • Big Data Software
  • Video Analytics
  • Text Analytics
  • Visualization Tools
  • Cybersecurity
  • Web Analysis
  • Social Media Analysis
  • Others

Market, By Application

  • Military & Defense
  • Private Sector
  • Public Sector
  • National Security
  • Others

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Netherlands
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia & New Zealand (ANZ)
    • Singapore
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
    • Colombia
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Israel
    • South Africa
Authors: Preeti Wadhwani, Smriti Loomba

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) market size had surpassed USD 5 billion in 2020 and will register a CAGR of more than 25% through 2027 with rising demand for data gathering from publicly available sources for obtaining crucial business insights.
Asia Pacific OSINT market will record a CAGR of over 28% through 2027 owing to increasing investments in web intelligence, cyber security and big data analytics by large corporates.
Military and defense segment in South Korea will account for a market share of more than 25% by 2027 due to the rising adoption of OSINT solutions in the country’s armed forces driven by a heightened preference for AI and big data capabilities.
Japan text analytics market had recorded a valuation of more than USD 28.57 million in 2020 owing to the increasing adoption of business intelligence tools among domestic enterprises.
German data analytics segment was valued at around USD 42.66 in 2020 on account of increased adoption of the technology in the country.

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  • Base Year: 2020
  • Companies covered: 20
  • Tables & Figures: 303
  • Countries covered: 22
  • Pages: 230
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