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Instructors: Cynthia Hetherington, Hetherington Group & Chad Los Schumacher, iThreat Cyber Group


Participants will learn new search engine resources and how to properly conduct advanced Internet and social media searches, as they will also learn of search tools that go beyond the generalized Google resource, and are specific to investigative needs. Specialized search engines for people, social media, non-profits, older online material, and so on will be covered. Alert services, both free and fee based will also be introduced.

  • Free, fee and geo-focused online monitoring tools to be covered
  • A rundown of specialized subject specific search engines
  • Learn how to keep up with new engines that make themselves available for investigations and research

Cynthia Hetherington has provided numerous corporate security officials, military intelligence units, and federal, state and local agencies with training on online intelligence practices. Recipient of ‘Speaker of the Year Award’ by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Her company, the Hetherington Group, is a national consulting, publishing, and training firm specializing in intelligence, security, and investigations.


Participants will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of the www and how the dark web fits into it. This takes off into a discussion, with examples, of how to locate common hubs and resources on the dark web and explore what they have to offer. Completing this session, we will create actionable leads out of an investigation by way of a few case studies.

  • Identify and explain the dark web, so you can explain it to others
  • Locate common hubs in the dark web and find your products
  • Turn those leads into actionable items to disrupt their network

Chad Los Schumacher is an investigator and researcher at iThreat Cyber Group who handles DNS and fraud investigations, but also provides training for law enforcement. He’s been with the company for over 4 years. He has a Master in Intelligence Analysis and a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice. He has been tinkering with computers and networks since he was about 5 years old, starting with a Gateway 386.


Registration begins at 8:00 am; training begins at 8:30 am.

This ½ day seminar includes access to relevant vendors, a course guidebook, and handouts which are invaluable tools for everyone whether they are occasional or full-time online research professionals. A certificate for 4 CEU’s, as honored by NASBA, ACFE. ASIS, LPF, SHRM, and DHS, will be issued for each attendee meeting the requirement of continuing education.

Refreshments provided.

*Please contact our office for group and association discounts or any questions.