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, 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 with some associations (specifically NASBA). Registrations are required one per person attending each class.

Hg recognizes that COVID-19 has had a direct impact on cyber intelligence investigators’ ability to attend trainings and conference sessions in order to remain compliant with their respective profession’s CEU requirements. We are continuously working on putting together a series of webinars that will meet your needs.


2022 Single Webinars: 1 hour Webinars @ $85 to, 6 hour Webinars @ $462

Upcoming Live Webinars

December 15, 2022 – OSINT Hitlists: Best of 2022 & into 2023, 60 minutes, 1 CEU

As the year draws to a close, the keen OSINT investigator takes stock in what was learned over the last 11 months and what is on the horizon for due diligence investigations, background checks, social media research and monitoring, and everything from TikTok to Meta. This webinar wraps 2022 online investigation trends into a bright bow, while shining a bright light on 2023 trends before the ball drops in Times Square.

Recorded Webinars

Recorded Webinar – Social Media Investigations & Monitoring Primer, 60 minutes, November 17, 2022

Often online investigations require more than a surface exploration of social media accounts. This hands-on, intermediate to advanced webinar introduces updated protocols to spotlight the brightest and best in social media monitoring for protective intelligence.

Recorded Webinar – Discreet Investigations Online: Your Digital Footprint, 60 minutes, September 15, 2022

In this intermediate to advanced class, participants will receive hands-on training on how to conduct investigations on social media platforms without compromising their online identity, gain tools for working online undercover, and understand how to avoid exposure when researching subjects online.

[CYBER MONDAY SALE] Recorded Webinar Pack – Open Source Intelligence – Start to Finish, 360 minutes, July 18-22, 2022

Designed as an online investigations’ primer, this series provides the basics of open source intelligence gathering to those entering the field. With three days of content, the field investigator will complete the 360 minutes of training with the tools needed to conduct open source intelligence (OSINT) investigations.

Recorded Webinar – Due Diligence for ESG: Oh, the Places We Find Data, 60 minutes, June 16, 2022

 Whether your client is expanding its footprint into an under-developed neighborhood or exploring new borders, today demands that community concerns are taken into consideration. Today’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) footprint sets a guideline for due diligence, which helps the online researcher understand the issues they will be tasked to research. In this class, you will learn how to conduct this specialized investigation via open sources, social media pages, and dark web sites.

Recorded Webinar – Event Monitoring: Extremism & Other Security Team Work Online, 60 minutes, May 26, 2022

This rich and informative webinar will cover the steps needed to monitor events– whether it’s active shooters or travel disruptions. Hg’s expert intelligence gatherers provide in-depth training on how to prepare for and conduct event monitory in a straightforward approach that includes current analyses of local to global issues and a live fire exercise.

Recorded Webinar – Private Tools & Databases for Due Diligence Investigators, 60 minutes, April 14, 2022

Online due diligence investigations examine the backgrounds of corporate entities and the principals who manage them. This OSINT webinar will explore the databases, websites, and internet resources required to locate difficult information on companies, their assets, and the people that run them.

Recorded Webinar – Social Media Investigations: Targeting 101, 60 minutes, March 14, 2022

Social media platforms are an important aspect of online investigations. This webinar is for you, if you hold the skills to conduct cursory searches but want to be on top of your game with the latest search tools for locating and uncovering social media users and their online content.

Recorded Webinar – Domestic Background Checks, 60 minutes, February 17, 2022

Before getting emotionally, financially, or personally involved, it is a good time to check for any fraudulent or criminal past. This intermediate to advanced hands-on webinar will help OSINT investigators utilize databases, free resources, and techniques for uncovering a person’s history to put your client’s mind at ease.

Recorded Webinar – Google Dorking: A Guide to Getting Seasoned, 60 minutes, January 20, 2022

It’s been twenty years since Larry Page and Sergey Brin launched Google. Since then, the search engine has evolved while other search engines have vied for its user standing. This webinar expands your knowledge of Google and other search engines, providing you hands-on techniques to tackle challenging searches.

Recorded Webinar: Global Due Diligence, 60 minutes – December 16, 2021

In today’s global marketplace, investors must adhere to multi-national compliance regulations. The nimble financial analyst provides compliance-based intelligence based on top foreign corporate databases and country-specific social media platforms. In this course, we will review how to conduct international due diligence and background checks based on available databases and open sources in a variety of countries.

Recorded Webinar: Dark Web Primer, 60 minutes – September 16, 2021

How well-equipped are you to follow a lead and enter the Dark Web? Is your computer secure? Your identity protected? Do you know directory structures? Can you speak Tor and Tails? With hackers and cyber terrorists at an all-time high, now is the time to beef up on your Dark Web cyber skills. This intermediate to advanced hands-on class will examine the Dark Web, the channels used to institute private sales and exchanges, and inform you of how to conduct investigations safely.

Recorded Webinar: Advanced Social Media Investigations, 60 minutes – June 17, 2021

Is unlocking the doors to conducting comprehensive investigations on multiple social media platforms one of your 2021 goals? If so, this advanced, hands-on webinar is your ticket to increasing your knowledge and honing your open source skills. Focus will be on popular platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and Instagram, among others.

Recorded Webinar: Your Digital Footprint – Online & Off, 60 minutes – May 20, 2021

Many social networks and online information sources allow the subjects of searches to see who has been searching them or provide some obvious clues as to who is looking at their information. This intermediate to advanced webinar provides tools for how to work undercover online, while adhering to ethical standards and laws.

Recorded Webinar: Online Image Tracking & IP Tracing, 60 minutes – April 15, 2021

An important open source skill is understanding how to track down the owner of a website, photo, copyrighted image, or other types of electronic documents. These specialized search techniques are invaluable to asset investigations. This webinar provides a comprehensive introduction to unique search tools for tracing images and IP addresses.

Recorded Webinar: Social Media Searching, 60 minutes – February 18, 2021

As an investigator, social media platforms and search engines are important tools for tracking down facts and following leads. This intermediate to advanced hands-on webinar expands your general knowledge of social media platforms and search engines by exploring the latest trends in this ever-evolving medium for communication and the dissemination of information.

Recorded Webinar: Databases & Search Engines in Pursuit of Experts, 60 minutes – May 21, 2020

Investigators are often contacted by legal teams to determine whether a professional is qualified to serve as an expert witness. This intermediate to advanced hands-on webinar will identify and explore the most useful search engines, databases, and social media platforms to help cyber investigators build or debunk expert witnesses for their clients.

Recorded Webinar: Media, Open Sources and Private Tools for Due Diligence, 60 minutes – February 20, 2020

News, cheap databases, and public records provide 70% of an OSINT investigator’s leads and cyber intelligence. This intermediate to advanced webinar will help you leverage the best media, open sources, and private tools, so your due diligence investigation unearths all your client needs to make key decisions with confidence.

Recorded Webinar: Conducting an Ethical Online Investigation, 120 minutes – December 19, 2019

As investigators, we are governed by foreign and domestic ethics standards and laws. Yet, 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.
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