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Sources rates the level of credibility that can be assumed from gathered, analyzed and cross-checked information received.

Uses of the method

  • Security analysis
  • Competition analysis


  • Increases the chances of correctly judging the accuracy of received intelligence
  • May identify gaps and contradictions in the evidence


  • May not be accurate due to deceptive practices, incomplete intelligence or analyst biases or inexperience

Steps to complete

  • Rate the criteria presented being careful not to overstate or understate your view.

Related methods
Use this method in conduction with the Rivalry assessment in WATCH

'Sources' can be shared with others or kept private using the 'Visible to' fields and through the 'tag', 'report', 'share'', 'link and 'comment' functionality. Use 'tag' and/or 'report' to aggregate your analyzes, 'share' with others via email, Facebook and Twitter etc. or add a 'comment' to ask others where they agree/disagree and encourage them to make their own analysis from their unique vantage point.

Further reference


  • Open-source intelligence under one name or another has been around for hundreds of years but in recent years has grown exponentially with the rise of the Internet. Alfred M. Gray, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps is credited with recognizing the need for a re-balancing of intelligence towards more emphasis on OSINT.

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