Cecilia Anastos holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Intelligence w/sp in Middle East Issues, a Graduate Certificate in Cybercrime, and a B.A. in Criminal Justice w/sp in Psychology. In 2005, Ms. Anastos founded Meta Enterprises, LLC (Meta-Intelligence.com) where she works as Chief Intel Analyst – OSINT, Cybercrime and Instructor.
Fluent in five languages, she is a pioneer in the utilization of digitized open source and publicly available information to create actionable intelligence, and in the reduction of digital signatures in the cyberspace domain;and has designed many of the cyber programs currently used at the US Navy Special Operation Forces, police departments, and private sector. She is also an avid reader and a source of knowledge in foreign policy, political affairs, demographic trends, socio- cultural dynamics, transnational gangs, indigenous groups, conflict resolution, and cultures in Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Eurasia, as well as in creating strategic models and analysis of predictability for countries and non-state organizations.
Ms. Anastos lectures on the topics of open source information collection and analysis (OSINT), risk management when online/operational security in the cyberspace domain, illicit non-commercial air traffic; Iran’s non-official financial network (Bonyad), and Hezbollah in Latin America. Ms. Anastos teaches at academia (Michigan State University and San Diego State University), police departments, DoD, the private industry, and other government agencies.
As a concerned citizen of the United States, and ad-honorem, Ms. Anastos worked as Volunteer Crime Investigator of Cold Cases for the San Diego Police Department (2004, 2012-2013), and she was a guest OSINT and OpSec in Cyber Instructor at National Academy FBI – Quantico in 2011-2012, and an instrumental member for the Department of Justice’s CIWG Privacy Committee (2012) for “Developing a Policy on the Use of Social Media in Intelligence and Investigative Activities.”
She has received many recommendations for her work, being the most recent ones a letter of appreciation from Fishers Police Department (IN) for her ad-honorem OSINT work to aid in the identification of a perpetrator of Internet Crimes Against Children; and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Federal Bureau of Investigations for her contributions on Best Practice Guidelines on OSINT Collection to the Law Enforcement Agencies.