FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 28th, 2023
Kathleen R. McMorrow
The Communications Optic, LLC.
Email: [email protected]
Hetherington Group Announces Four-City Summer OSINT Training Tour
Tour Enables Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Professionals to Learn About the Latest Technology Advances and Professional Opportunities
Wanaque, New Jersey, April 2023 – Hetherington Group (Hg), a consulting, publishing, and training firm that leads in due diligence, corporate intelligence, and cyber investigations by keeping pace with the latest security threats is introducing ‘Ms. Information’ for the 2023 Cyberwarrior Tour to combat mis- and dis-information, which has proliferated since the 2016 U.S. presidential election and became legion amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The cross-country Ms. Information Cyberwarrior Tour is making educational stops in four U.S. cities to train an array of audiences from military and law enforcement agencies to private sector enterprises from May through August. Hg trains more than 8,000 of these investigators and intelligence professionals annually.
Kicking off in Tampa on May 25th, the tour features a rigorous curriculum that will enable Open Source Intelligence Professionals (OSINT) across myriad public and private sector organizations to elevate their awareness of the latest software, job opportunities and surveillance techniques. This will ensure they perform their work leveraging the newest technologies while employing best practices to ensure optimal professionalism and security. The major courses featured on the tour include:
Update on Fee and Free Services
Learn what’s new from the vendors we rely on to assist efficiency and power boost our cases. Identify affordable alternatives where possible, and determine the best time to carry the cost for a client, as well as when to stop looking for button solutions.
ChatGPT for OSINT
AI is blowing up OSINT, but that doesn’t make OSINT professionals redundant. AI is another arrow in the OSINT quiver that when leveraged properly can be tremendously empowering. As AI services permeate and multiply across the market, OSINT’ers need to understand how to integrate these powerful applications, battle test their results and thoroughly vet this tech for accuracy.
Technical Approaches – Base 64 to Shodan Dorks
Before Bard and ChatGPT, technology workarounds had always been a benefit for OSINT’ers. This session will help you find shortcuts for generating fast and accurate information, or hard to reach answers, while gleaning an understanding of the technology behind the data.
Hiding While Watching: Managed Attribution for Everyone
Working with care, learn to keep your footprint at a minimum while you cyber surveil, check in on or research sensitive targets. The OSINT’er approach to managing security must be tightened down, but not overthought.
Opportunities for OSINT’ers
Ready to advance your OSINT career? How can OSMOSIS membership help? Where are the job opportunities and how can shared resources for career advancement be accessed? What is predicted for the OSINT industry of the future?
“The digital ecosphere is once again at an inflection point,” said Hg founder and president Cynthia Hetherington. “We haven’t seen such impactful and riotous advances in technology since the dot.com bubble settled down in 2000. When the fallout ceased, confidence in the technology market resumed and social media took hold as a dominant information source, supplanting the news media for millions. Hg was there for this revolution, driving education around online intelligence from public databases as well as social media intelligence, now known by the moniker OSINT.
“As we witnessed an all-out battle against misinformation and disinformation amidst the pandemic landscape, it was clearly time for Ms. Information to tour major U.S. cities again,” Ms. Hetherington continued. “Today’s vendor market is rich in quality products to meet the sophisticated needs of OSINT professionals, who are now recognized for their leading-edge capabilities to uncover information pivotal to corporate decision-making, exposing fraud and other criminality while also providing vital security protections across an array of commercial, governmental and private endeavors. The talent and the tech are now aligned to meet an ever-growing client demand. However, to fully participate in the current evolution, OSINT professionals must continuously update their toolkits, and now they will get a little help from Ms. Information on her summer 2023 Cyberwarrior Tour.”
In addition to Tampa, Ms. Information will be making stops in the following cities:
Washington, D.C. | June 23
Chicago | July 27
Seattle | August 3
To learn more about the tour and register for classes, visit https://www.hetheringtongroup.com/tour/.
With over two decades of expertise, Hg is a leader in investigative due diligence, corporate intelligence, and cyber investigations. The company identifies and exposes vital data across national and international investigations; it trains thousands of investigators in the public and private sectors annually; and shares expertise in an increasingly data-intensive, cyber focused-world through the publication of industry newsletters, white papers and recognized investigative reference books. Current clients and alliances include Unilever, SC Johnson, Merck, Ben & Jerry’s, Bell Canada, Healthcare Distribution Alliance, 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. For more information, access https://www.hetheringtongroup.com/