November 12, 2020


Kathleen R. McMorrow

The Communications Optic, LLC.

Phone: 973.665.8167

Email: [email protected]


As a former librarian, Cynthia Hetherington entered the security profession in the 1990’s when most, if not all, security role models were men. She had to learn quickly, often on her feet, that she had the same skills they possessed, and sometimes even more finely-honed skills. Her early and challenging experiences are the foundation of her deep commitment to help more women enter the IT and security industries.

Here, she shares with the Women in STEM Club her experiences as a woman working in the male-dominated cyber security industry. The importance of role models, how to “Try and Grasp” everything that piques your interest, how to feel comfortable interacting with the public, and how to use imposter syndrome to your advantage are among the many topics she addresses.


About Hetherington Group (Hg)

Founded in 1999 by Cynthia Hetherington, Hg is a certified New Jersey Woman Business Owned Corporation headquartered in Wanaque. Hg a leader in investigative due diligence, corporate intelligence, and cyber investigations with twenty-five years of global experience in tracking down and exposing vital and sensitive information. Believing knowledge and transparency is key to building partnerships and making sound decisions, Hg consistently consults on myriad international, federal, state, and local investigations, has published an Insiders Newsletter for nineteen years, authored three books, and trained over 180,000 investigators, security professionals, attorneys, accountants, auditors, military intelligence professionals, and federal, state, and local agencies on best practices world-wide.