Flashpoint acquires open source intelligence leader Echosec Systems

Donald Saelinger, President at Flashpoint

Flashpoint, the actionable intelligence firm, announced that it has acquired Echosec Systems, an open-source intelligence (OSINT) provider and publicly available information (PAI) for national security, public safety, and enterprise customers. Flashpoint will expand its OSINT capabilities to drive situational awareness, executive protection, geopolitical risk appraisal, counterterrorism, misinformation and disinformation identification and crisis response.

What does Echosec bring to Flashpoint’s portfolio?

Intelligence practitioners are witnessing a revolution in how OSINT can be used to support cyber and physical security missions. Based in Victoria, British Columbia, Echosec is a leader in collecting and disseminating critical open-source intelligence in support of these goals.

Echosec empowers its users to bridge the gap between the digital and physical worlds through OSINT and PAI, including an array of social media and geospatial collections, to protect people, assets, and infrastructure. For over a decade, Flashpoint has been a leader in delivering actionable intelligence solutions, derived from PAI, chat services, foreign-language forums, criminal marketplaces, paste sites, and illicit communities across the internet.

By leveraging Echosec’s social media collections and geospatial insights, Flashpoint significantly expands its capabilities to deliver the world’s most robust combination of data, analytics, and automation across a wide range of security use cases to its customers.

What were the executives’ thoughts on the transaction?

Intelligence practitioners require a converged, user-focused solution with insights derived from open and closed intelligence sources. Integrating Echosec’s social media collections, intuitive interface, and expertise into Flashpoint will deliver unparalleled value to our clients, to help them best identify and mitigate all risk,” said Flashpoint President Donald Saelinger.

“We’re thrilled to join Flashpoint and unlock a new dimension in OSINT and risk intelligence. Combining Echosec’s usability and geospatial capabilities with Flashpoint’s differentiated intelligence will enable our clients to contextualise and respond to emerging threats in an information environment spanning social media, technical and attack surface indicators, vulnerabilities and dark web sources,” says Echosec Systems CTO Michael Raypold.