September 19, 2019


Kathleen R. McMorrow

The Communications Optic, LLC.

Phone: 973.665.8167


Ms. Hetherington will receive the Investigation Educator Award alongside Terence Monahan, Chief of Department for the NYPD, who will receive the Distinguished Public Service Award

(Wanaque, NJ) Tonight, Cynthia Hetherington, Hg’s founder and president, will be honored with the Investigation Educator Award at The Society for Professional Investigators’ 63rd Annual Award Gala to be held at Giando on the Water in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The Society  (SPI) will also recognize Terence Monahan, the 40th Chief of Department for the New York Police Department, with the Distinguished Public Service Award.

“Cynthia is the undisputed, undefeated champion of open source intelligence,” noted SPI President Bruce Sackman. “She is the number one go-to person for both training and actual research to collect electronic evidence and investigative leads from the Internet.”

Founded in 1955, the mission of SPI is to provide the very best forum possible for the education, training and networking of its members. Each month SPI members meet at Forlini’s Restaurant in New York City, the legendary Italian restaurant behind the Manhattan Criminal Courts Building on Baxter Street, to listen to guest speakers who are the very tops in their fields. SPI also provides training programs and an annual awards dinner honoring leaders in law enforcement professions.

“I congratulate Chief Monahan for his remarkable achievements for the good of public health and safety. It’s with heartfelt gratitude that I receive the Investigation Educator Award from SPI,” stated Ms. Hetherington. “For 20 years, I’ve had the honor to work with members of the Society and have learned so much from them. It’s been a privilege to share my cyber investigative skills through trainings on cyber security and fraud and the Dark Web, and I look forward to many more years of collaboration.”

Ms. Hetherington is committed to sharing knowledge and expertise. Since 1998, she has trained over 180,000 corporate security professionals, attorneys, accountants, auditors, military intelligence professionals, and federal, state, and local agencies in online intelligence practices. Her most recent clients include 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.

Ms. Hetherington is a faculty member at the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, where she teaches a program on advanced Internet fraud investigations. Her webinars cover a wide range of topics including ethics, social media online monitoring tools, fraud, and open source intelligence searching; they provide new and seasoned investigators with Continuing Education Credits.

In 2015, Ms. Hetherington founded the OSMOSIS Institute, which hosts the annual OSMOSIS Conference. Hundreds of investigators across the nation gain insights into Open Source Intelligence and receive training from the most recognized social media and open source experts in North America.

About Hetherington Group

With over two decades of expertise, the Hetherington Group is a leader in investigative due diligence, corporate intelligence, and cyber investigations. Headquartered in Wanaque, New Jersey, Hg’s investigators and analysts track down and expose vital data on national and international investigations; train thousands of investigators in the public and private sectors annually; and share their expertise in this increasingly data-intensive, cyber focused-world through the publication of an Industry Newsletter and recognized investigative reference books. Hg is a certified National Women Business Owned Corporation, a certified Women’s Business Enterprise, a NJ Women Business Owned Corporation, and NY-NJ Port Authority Women-owned Business Enterprise.