Throughout the year, Hetherington Group offers monthly live webinars on current investigative tactics involving social networks, search engines, due diligence, the dark web, and other related topics. Participants should have some basic experience of the topic, as all programs are offered at an intermediate level, unless otherwise noted.
All Hg training classes are approved as continuing professional education credits by ACFE, NASBA, DHS, LPF, SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP, and ASIS. Individuals will earn continuing professional education credits for attending the live webinar. These webinars are also available for purchase after the live event; however, they are not approved for CEU credits.
January 11: The ability to uncover information on the Internet is the primary skill of an online investigator. The go-to resource for many is Google, yet not everyone knows how to utilize its full potential. Learn how to maximize your Google searches, as we cover the basics, the hacks, and extra Google resources to create proper search strategies and run advanced Internet searches. Participants will also learn the expert tools of this common search application to make difficult searches more effective.
Amp up your Google usage from basic to advanced
Hunt down deep web content
Learn about free resources beyond Google
Improve your search efficiency rate and save valuable time
February 8: Understand what makes up the dark web and how criminals take advantage of its anonymous nature to profit in counterfeit products, stolen goods, child pornography, human trafficking, and other nefarious deeds. This class will introduce the dark web and the channels used to institute private communications, sales, and exchanges.
Learn careful methods for exploring the dark web
Understand what to do and what not to do when entering the dark web
Learn how to conduct investigations on the dark web
Explore the gateway social media sources that lead to dark web sites
March 8: This rich and informative webinar will cover the steps needed to conduct true due diligence, whether public or private, foreign or domestic. This class focuses on completing a due diligence report utilizing a wealth of information: public records, legal filings, newspapers, magazines, trade journals, blogs, and open source material. We will examine professional fee-based tools and available free resources to understand their functionality and limitations to access all information that’s out there.
Learn the critical items essential to your report and how to highlight key facts in your report
Discover the mandatory databases for conducting business background investigations and due diligence
Identify key resources available to investigators that go unused, because they are not marketed to our industry
Know where the overlap of one aggregated service (news, social media monitoring, and geo-fencing) is at and how to shop and pay accordingly
April 19: Investigating social media networks is more complex than it appears. This presentation will explain the best ways to search social media and how to use the focused social media search engines that identify and uncover social media profiles and their content. You will learn how to locate information, document your discovery, determine how it plays into your case, and understand how to follow leads. You will also look at trending issues in social media and how investigators can anticipate and work in a constantly changing environment.
Locate online social media profiles on multiple social networks
Learn how to conduct link analyses of social media profiles
Understand how to gather intelligence without breaking the terms of service
May 24: Consider you might be involved emotionally, financially, or personally with someone you’ve met through social media or an online dating site, but you don’t know they have a fraudulent or criminal past. Rich with sources, this how-to instructional teaches the ins and outs of conducting online investigations of an individual, whether it’s to locate the background of potential suitors, new hires, or the people next door. This webinar will help you discover databases, free resources, and techniques for locating a person’s history.
Learn how to deconstruct social media profiles for your background checks
Understand the public records that support your cases and help inform your reports
Sample background reports and a how-to background check guide will be shared
June 7: International due diligence is vital for business success and management. It can be a straightforward task, if you know how to utilize the right resources from the plethora of information available. However, if you are searching on an unfamiliar country, the due diligence process can be a long and daunting venture. We will review available databases and open sources for a variety of countries to conduct international due diligence and background checks.
Examine sources for information, including the top foreign corporate databases for researching overseas companies and their principals
Explore a list of databases serving foreign countries specific to the class focus
Understand social networks in specific countries and how to utilize them for foreign research
Acquire global resources helpful for consolidating multiple country searches
July 12: In this webinar, we will go beyond generalized Google searches and learn unique search tools specific to investigative needs. Participants will learn new search engine resources and how to properly conduct advanced Internet and social media searches for people, non-profits, and more. How to track down older online material will also be covered.
Discover online monitoring alert services, both free and fee-based
Part 1: Introduction to Online Investigative Fundamentals & Open Source Primer, 50 minutes
Learn the types, differences, and jargon of open source investigations. Receive a companion guide to public record searching for social media verification purposes.
Part 2: Investigative Fundamentals, 50 minutes
Learn how to in-take an online case, understand the parameters of the work, establish goals, and create investigative notes C.Y.A. (Cover Your Analysts!). Understand how to identify expectations and establish parameters for all involved (client, sub-contractor, and your own) at the beginning of your investigation to keep the entire case in check. Samples and layouts will be provided.
DAY 2, AUGUST 8
Part 1: Computer Fundamentals, 50 minutes
Learn best practices on how to use a computer and the resources available on the Internet and social media, so you can more effectively achieve desired results. You will receive expert instruction on common errors made in online investigations such as clearing your cache, exposing your protocol address, and other influencers that mislead your searches.
Part 2: Search Engine Fundamentals, 50 minutes
Learn which search engine to use, when to use it, and what results you should expect from each. Understand how to improve search engine results and when to use surface, deep, or dark web to locate your information.
DAY 3, AUGUST 9
Part 1: Making the Capture, 50 minutes
Learn helpful tools to help capture and store your findings online. Understand documentation procedures for creating sharp and understandable reports. Several tools, free and fee-based, as well as sample reports will be reviewed and shared.
Part 2: Bringing it all Together Ethically, 50 minutes
You will learn the fundamentals of conducting online investigations ethically, with a candid discussion about how to avoid some of the dangerous pitfalls you can stumble upon while working in open sources. Examples of investigations gone wrong will be demonstrated. Q&A will be encouraged.
September 6: Going beyond identifying your targets and locating their social media accounts, we will expand on how to open every aspect of social media to explore where key information can be hidden or overlooked. Capturing these attributes of social media, can enable you to find key information for your case. We will evaluate and review several free and fee-based resources on the market for monitoring social media.
Learn how to locate key information, such as friends and associates, in social media profiles
Understand how to narrow down a large profile to identify assets, evidence, and important details quickly
Review the various service offerings in the monitoring community
November 8: Dark web has the star quality and luster of a Hollywood movie, but in reality, it’s a den of inequity operated by the technically sophisticated. The more “google’ized” we’ve become as investigators and researchers, the less we understand what’s going on behind the scenes and how to operate in this nefarious world. This class will introduce the dark web and channels used to institute private sales and exchanges.
Explore dark web channels for content
Learn dark web language like Tor and Tails and the lingo of this underworld
Understand how to use Tor safely and effectively, while learning the vulnerabilities
Find the resources and specialized search engines for searching against dark web content
December 6: Everyday an investigator, attorney, or accountant appears in the news for crossing the line using the Internet to research, contact, or connect with their target. They find themselves using technology workarounds, finding holes in the system, or outright hacking to gain information. As an investigator, you need to abide by the law. This seminar will discuss the current laws and acceptable practices and pitfalls that can occur in your investigation. This is targeted to professionals who want to ensure their investigations are legally and ethically conducted.
Identify pitfalls in taking shortcuts in online investigations
Understand the laws and compliance requirements to stay inline online
Garner the resources for staying abreast of current issues and legal requirements