April 7, 2021


Kathleen R. McMorrow

The Communications Optic, LLC.

Phone: 973.665.8167


Ms. Hetherington to discuss open source intelligence collection & analysis

(Wanaque, NJ) Cynthia Hetherington, founder and president of Hetherington Group (Hg), is a speaker at the Premier Southwestern Intelligence Event: Southern Arizona Intelligence Summit (SAIS) to be held April 7-9 on a virtual platform to protect against the spread of coronavirus. SAIS is hosted by the University of Arizona’s College of Science and Technology, where Ms. Hetherington serves as a Limited Term Adjunct Instructor/Professor of Practice.

“I am excited to join this extraordinary three-day panel of speakers and presenters to delve into one of the most vital aspects of our profession: What does the future look like for cybersecurity and intelligence?” stated Ms. Hetherington. “As our technological interconnectivity evolves, so, too, must government and private sector professionals dedicated to thwarting computational propaganda, hacking, and informational warfare. It’s an honor to be part of this important discussion.”

The inaugural SAIS is geared for anyone working in, affiliated, or seeking a future in the field of cybersecurity or intelligence across government and private sectors. The exclusive line-up of speakers includes top military leaders such as Lieutenant General Stephen G. Fogarty, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Cyber Command, Major General Anthony Hale, Commander, USA, USAICOE & FT. Huachuca, and General Joseph L. Votel, USA (Ret.), President & CEO, BENS. Ms. Hetherington is joined by top fellow private sector professionals, including Mr. Austin Yamada, President & CEO, UArizona- Applied Research Corporation; Mr. Tim Roemer, Chief Information Security Officer, State of Arizona; Mr. Chris Hadnagy, Chief Human Hacker, Social-Engineer, LLC; and Mr. Jeff Frazier, Chief Operating Officer, Pryon Inc.

SAIS will provide a look into the Future of Intelligence in both the government and civilian sectors. Day One focuses on the Intelligence field, Day Two focuses on Cyber and Information Warfare, and Day Three focuses on what senior decision makers will need from Intelligence, Cyber, and Information Operations professionals in the future. Each day will conclude with a Workforce Development Recruiting Panel where attendees will hear from government and commercial recruiters on their current workforce needs and how best to get recruited by them.

About Cynthia Hetherington MLS, MSM, CFE, CII 

For more than 25 years, Ms. Hetherington has led national and international investigations in corporate due diligence and fraud, personal asset recovery, and background checks. With a specialization in the financial, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications industries, her investigations have recovered millions of dollars in high profile corruption cases, assisting on the investigations of the top two Ponzi cases in United States history. Ms. Hetherington is a recipient of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ James Baker Speaker of the Year Award, was named a 2019 finalist in the esteemed Ernst & Young LLP New Jersey Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, and was honored with the 2019 Enterprising Women of the Year award. In 2021, she was named Protective Intelligence Pioneer 2021 by the Ontic Center for Protective Intelligence.

About Hg

Hetherington Group, a consulting, publishing, and training firm that leads in due diligence, corporate intelligence, and cyber investigations by keeping pace with the latest security threats and assessments. Ms. Hetherington has authored three books on how to conduct investigations and has trained over 180,000 investigators, security professionals, attorneys, accountants, auditors, military intelligence professionals, and federal, state, and local agencies on best practices.