• Sunday, June 21 | 1:00-5:00 PM


    CPE Credit: 4.2

    Level: Intermediate

    Recommended Prerequisite: Fundamental knowledge or experience of internet-based investigations

    Field of Study: Information Technology

    For decades, fraud investigators have used the internet to track down leads, understand confounding elements of a case, and establish evidentiary trails. We are not newbies to online, open-source investigations. Many of us spend our time digging through volumes of data with a tiny shovel in between guzzling water from a social media firehose. How to sift through the flotsam and jetsam to allow pertinent information to rise to the surface?

    As if the overflow of information wasn’t enough, the fraud examiner also faces an identity crisis of sorts. We continue with our decades of expert work: discovering evidence, intelligence and hearsay leads, yet who exactly are we in this cyber-driven, global environment? Intelligence examiners? OSINT/SOCMINT analysts? Internet or cyber intelligence investigators?

    2020 is a perfect time to refine the core skills you’ve been using from the start of your expert practice while updating your skills portfolio to include new and trending open-source techniques and resources. In this pre-conference session, Hetherington Group’s OSINT investigators will introduce you to the three layers of the internet: surface, deep, and dark. You will learn how to navigate each layer with an investigative eye through the lens of best practices.

    Course Outline:

    • 1:00-2:10 p.m.: Surface Web
    • 2:25-3:35 p.m.: Deep Web
    • 3:50-5:00 p.m.: Dark Web

    You Will Learn How To:

    • Conduct advanced searches on popular search engines on the most open of the three layers of the web
    • Mine databases and social media resources on the deep web
    • Identify tools and techniques for extracting information from the dark web
    Cynthia Hetherington, CFE
    Cynthia Hetherington, CFE

    President, Hetherington Group

    Cynthia Hetherington is the founder and president of Hetherington Group, a consulting, publishing, and training firm that leads in due diligence, corporate intelligence, and cyber investigations. She has authored three books on how to conduct investigations. Hetherington was also named the 2012 James Baker Speaker of the year for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

    For more than 25 years, Hetherington has led national and international investigations in corporate due diligence and fraud, personal asset recovery, and background checks. With a specialization in the financial, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications industries, her investigations have recovered millions of dollars in high profile corruption cases, assisting on the investigations of the top two Ponzi cases in U.S. history.

    Rachel Kronenfeld
    Rachel Kronenfeld

    Manager of Investigations, Hetherington Group

    Rachel Kronenfeld joined Hetherington Group in 2016 and is the lead investigator. As a skilled and diverse analyst, she monitors current events and information on the internet, identifies security threats and conducts online risk assessment analyses. Kronenfeld performs comprehensive background and asset investigations for clients, providing them with insight to make sound business and personal decisions on hiring, investing and asset management.

    Trained under Cynthia Hetherington’s tutelage, Kronenfeld conducts training to investigators, security professionals, attorneys, accountants, auditors, military intelligence professionals, and federal, state, and local agencies on best practices in conducting asset and background investigations.

  • Cynthia Hetherington, CFE
    Cynthia Hetherington, CFE

    President, Hetherington Group

    Cynthia Hetherington is the founder and president of Hetherington Group, a consulting, publishing, and training firm that leads in due diligence, corporate intelligence, and cyber investigations. She has authored three books on how to conduct investigations. Hetherington was also named the 2012 James Baker Speaker of the year for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

    For more than 25 years, Hetherington has led national and international investigations in corporate due diligence and fraud, personal asset recovery, and background checks. With a specialization in the financial, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications industries, her investigations have recovered millions of dollars in high profile corruption cases, assisting on the investigations of the top two Ponzi cases in U.S. history.

  • Rachel Kronenfeld
    Rachel Kronenfeld

    Manager of Investigations, Hetherington Group

    Rachel Kronenfeld joined Hetherington Group in 2016 and is the lead investigator. As a skilled and diverse analyst, she monitors current events and information on the internet, identifies security threats and conducts online risk assessment analyses. Kronenfeld performs comprehensive background and asset investigations for clients, providing them with insight to make sound business and personal decisions on hiring, investing and asset management.

    Trained under Cynthia Hetherington’s tutelage, Kronenfeld conducts training to investigators, security professionals, attorneys, accountants, auditors, military intelligence professionals, and federal, state, and local agencies on best practices in conducting asset and background investigations.

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