Cynthia Hetherington, MLS, MSM, CFE, CII is 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 and annually trains over 7,200 investigators, security professionals, attorneys, accountants, auditors, military intelligence professionals, and federal, state, and local agencies on best practices.
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 United States history.
Her most recent clients include the U.S. Department Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC); U.S. Department of Defense (DOD); U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI); U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF); U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA); NY Mass Transit Authority, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; and The Ministry of Justice of The Hague, Netherlands.
Hetherington is a faculty member at the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. In 2015, she founded the OSMOSIS Institute, which hosts the annual OSMOSIS Conference. Hundreds of investigators across the nation gain insights into Open Source Intelligence and receive training from the most recognized social media and open source experts in North America.
Among her many recognitions, Hetherington was a 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year New Jersey Award Finalist, a 2019 Enterprising Woman of the Year recipient, and a 2018 CybHER Warrior. She was named 2012 James Baker Speaker of the Year by the ACFE. In appreciation for her participation in the 29th Annual Briefing in 2014, the U.S. flag was flown over the State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council.
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