These are unprecedented times. We have entered a period in history in which we are restricting our movement and social contact in order to protect not only ourselves from Covid-19 but to help government officials lessen its rapid spread across the country. As we continue to learn more about the potential risks of Covid-19 and how best to protect ourselves, we are reminded of just how fragile and precious life is.

As security experts and open source intelligence investigators, this is not the first time we face what feels like an insurmountable tempest in a teapot. Yet, it is important to remember that we’ve weathered difficult storms together in the past—9/11, Hurricane Sandy, and the financial crisis of 2008, to name but a few—with steadfast determination, collaboration, perseverance, and hope.

At this time, Hg remains committed to our clients. As open source investigators, the majority of our work is computer-based. Hence, we can continue to conduct our investigations uninterrupted from the comfort of home offices. Hg’s proprietary software and communication systems are secured, and you can be assured that your corporate and personal data are secured. As we know from past catastrophes and tragedies, those who seek to do illegal, nefarious acts often use the misfortunes of others to create profit for themselves. Fraudulent behavior thrives in eras of uncertainty. To that end, Hg remains ever vigilant in assessing and monitoring our clients’ risks.

At this time, Hg remains dedicated to helping our professional colleagues receive CEU credits that you otherwise might have received from us face-to-face in seminars, trainings, and conferences. Last year, Hg’s global reach brought us to the amazing ACFE folks in Singapore! For at least the next few months, our global reach will be restricted to a computer screen—coming to you via online webinars approved as continuing professional education credits by ACFE, NASBA, DHS, LPF, SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP, and ASIS. Please feel free to let us know if there is a series of interest or need. We will work with you to put together trainings that enable you to remain in compliance while also remaining healthy while hunkered down. Look for new webinars and a special discount in the coming days.

As we practice and encourage self-care during this stressful time, we will continue to do what Hg does best: Lead in investigative due diligence, corporate intelligence, and cyber investigations, keeping pace with the latest security threats and assessments, training investigators on best practices, and creating a network of global investigators to make our world a safer place.

We will continue to monitor the threat of Covid-19 and follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and encourage you to join us.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Be safe.


Cynthia Hetherington, MLS, MSM, CFE, CII

Founder & President