Upgrade your OSINT investigations with Maltego

What is Maltego anyway?

Maltego is a great tool for helping to conduct open-source intelligence gathering. Open-source intelligence (OSINT) is information that can be freely obtained from the public domain. This type of intelligence gathering is extremely valuable in investigations, both for blue teams and red teams.

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Maltego excels at making sense of vast quantities of data by organizing it into an easily understandable format that is displayed in a graph. This makes Maltego great for visualizing relationships and connections between people, groups, hosts, domains, and other entities represented by the nodes in the graph.

Maltego can be readily used for OSINT using the Maltego Community Edition (CE), which is free with registration, Maltego Pro, or Maltego Enterprise.

Maltego Community Edition

Maltego CE enhances your OSINT investigations with some basic tools, as well as free webinars, etc. to help get you started.

Maltego Pro

Maltego Pro includes the following features:

  • Ability to import and export data, explore with views and layouts and quickly pivot to other data sources​
  • Full customization through Entity, Property and Transform design​
  • Live collaboration including chat, both on-premise and in the Cloud.

Maltego Enterprise

And if Maltego Pro is not enough for you, then Maltego Enterprise may be the way to go, but keep in mind, the price definitely reflect its capabilities:

  • Ability to import and export data, explore with views and layouts and quickly pivot to other data sources​
  • Full customization through Entity, Property and Transform design​
  • Live collaboration including chat, both on-premise and in the Cloud.​
  • Usage of multiple devices per user

So, what’s right for you?

I’d recommend you start with Maltego CE and register to download the free version to see if it’s something that works for your use case.

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