Cynthia Hetherington, MLS, MSM, CFE has more than 20 years of experience in research, investigations, and corporate intelligence. She is the founder of Hetherington Group, a consulting, publishing, and training firm focusing on intelligence, security, and investigations. Cynthia is also the ACFE James Baker Speaker of the Year Award Recipient 2012.

Cynthia applies her expertise in library science and information systems to provide clients with strategic insight into research and complex investigations. During her career, she has assisted a vast number of clients with Internet investigations related to employee theft and intellectual property loss. Cynthia has also applied her research skills while conducting online and database research to uncover well-hidden relations between fraudulent associates, their assets, and their secrets. She has experience overseeing international investigations for Fortune 500 companies and other organizations in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.

Cynthia is heavily involved with a number of trade associations. She is a Faculty Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and Chair of the Economic Crime Committee of ASIS International. She is also Past President of three organizations: Association of Independent Information Professionals, New Jersey Association of Licensed Private Investigators, and the Alpha Lambda Honor Society.

A widely published author, Cynthia authored Business Background Investigations and co-authored three editions of the Manual to Online Public Records both titles published by Facts on Demand Press, as well as co-authored Web of Deceit: Misinformation and Manipulation in the Age of Social Media published by Information Today. She is the publisher of Internet & Online Intelligence Newsletter and has authored articles on steganography, computer forensics, Internet investigations, and other security-focused monographs. She is also recognized for providing corporate security officials; military intelligence units; and federal, state, and local agencies with training in online intelligence practices. Cynthia’s classes are ACFE-, NASBA-, DHS-, and ASIS-approved for continuing professional education credits.

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