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Thursday, MAY 2nd
9:00AM - 5:00PM
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With over two decades of expertise, the Hetherington Group is a leader in investigative due diligence, corporate intelligence, and cyber investigations. They train thousands of investigators in the public and private sectors annually; and share their expertise in this increasingly data-intensive, cyber focused-world. In 2015, they founded the OSMOSIS Institute, host of the annual OSMOSIS Conference. Hundreds of investigators across the nation attend to gain insights into Open Source Intelligence and receive training from the most recognized social media and open source trainers in North America.

Morning Session:  9:00am-12:00pm
 Advanced Social Media Investigations

Social media platforms are an important aspect of any online investigation. Participants will learn how to discover intelligence by investigating popular social media platforms and search engines as well as gain knowledge of new social media platforms on the horizon. During the training, participants will review social media pages, learn how hashtags and images can play a role in a case, and identify further leads. Upon completion of this class, field investigators will be able to conduct social media investigations using specialized search engines and conduct a CARA Analysis: Characteristics, Associations, Reputation, and Affiliations.

Lunch Break: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
The only options on site are the pool bar, and a counter service pizza & burger restauran
t. Both may be very crowded for lunch. The better option is one of the following restaurants

which are located across the parking lot from the hotel:

Miller's Ale House, TGIFridays, Kobe Japanese Steakhouse, Golden Corral, Burger King

Afternoon Sessions:  1:30pm - 5:00pm
Conducting Online Asset Investigations

Asset searches tend to be connected to every type and form of investigation. Participants will learn the most efficient methods for locating someone or an asset on the Internet. We will discuss the six reasons of when, where, and why to conduct an asset investigation and what resources—both online and offline—are most beneficial for locating leads or content. Additionally, you will learn the pitfalls, allurements, and outright illegal actions to avoid when gathering information. Upon completion of the course, field investigators will be able to legally obtain bank account information and other assets, use social media to identify assets and asset potential, and identify the offerings of illegally obtained asset information.

Understanding the Dark Web

The Dark Web has the star quality and luster of a Hollywood movie, but in reality, it’s a den of inequity operated by the technically sophisticated. The more “google’ized” we’ve become as investigators and researchers, the less we understand what’s going on behind the scenes and how to operate in this nefarious world. This class will examine the Dark Web, the channels used to institute private sales and exchanges, and criminal behavior. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of the Dark Web—criminality, anonymity, counterfeit products, child pornography, and human trafficking; learn the directory structures of the Dark Web; and learn Dark Web languages like “Tor and Tails" and the lingo of this underworld. Training will include exploring dark web channels for content and finding the resources and specialized search engines for searching against Dark Web content. Upon completion of this course, field investigators will understand how to use Tor safely and effectively, while learning the vulnerabilities, and be able to conduct undercover online investigations on the Dark Web.

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Pre-Conference for Student or One-Day Attendees - $50
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Pre-Conference for NON Paid Conference Attendee - $125

About the Speaker:

Cynthia Hetherington, MLS, MSM, CFE, CII is the founder and president of Hetherington Group, a consulting, publishing, and training firm that leads in due diligence, corporate intelligence, and cyber investigations by keeping pace with the latest security threats and assessments. She has authored three books on how to conduct investigations, is the publisher of the newsletter, Data2know: Internet and Online Intelligence, and has trained over 120,000 investigators, security professionals, attorneys, accountants, auditors, military intelligence professionals, and federal, state, and local agencies on best practices.

For more than 25 years, Ms. 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 United States history. 

Ms. Hetherington provides expert commentary for national and international media outlets, including, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Irish Times, Washington Times, ABC News, and VoiceAmerica. Ms. Hetherington has presented at over 500 conferences across North America. In 2012, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners named her the James Baker Speaker of the Year.

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