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.


2021 Single Webinars: 1 hour Webinars @ $79 to, 6 hour Webinars @ $414

2020 Single Webinars: 1 hour Webinars @ $79  to, 6 hour Webinars @ $414

Upcoming Live Webinars

November 18, 2021 – Social Media Investigations & Monitoring, 60 minutes, 1 CEU

Online investigations often require more than a surface exploration of social media accounts. How to dig into a subject’s social media activity and how to monitor content are at the heart of this hands-on intermediate to advanced webinar. Updated quarterly to keep investigators at the fore of social media trends, this session spotlights the brightest and best in social media monitoring for protective intelligence.

December 16, 2021 – Global Due Diligence, 60 minutes, 1 CEU

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 Webinars

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: Online Social Media Primer, 300 minutes – August 2-30, 2021

How well are you incorporating social media into your cyber investigations? No worries—we all start somewhere! This online social media primer details the treasure trove of riches social media offers to an open source investigator. With just a few mouse clicks away, leads can be discovered, facts challenged, and game changing details can be unveiled—all in support of a case!

Recorded Webinar: Open Source Intelligence – Start to Finish, an OSMOSIS Primer Series, 360 minutes – July 19-23, 2021

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 investigations.

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: Domestic Background Checks, 60 minutes – March 25, 2021

Determining whether a person is void of a fraudulent or criminal past is one of the hallmarks of background investigations. There are many reasons a client requests a background check—potential business opportunities, job offers, and personal relations, to name but a few. In this intermediate to advanced hands-on webinar OSINT investigators learn to utilize databases, free resources, and techniques for uncovering a person’s history.

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: Utilizing Advanced Google Searches, 60 minutes – January 21, 2021

Open source investigators employ the same search engines used by the general public. Expert knowledge, however, includes the ability to unlock advanced, specialized tools that reveal far more than a keyword search. This intermediate to advanced webinar expands one’s comprehension of Google and provides hands-on techniques to tackle challenging searches.

Recorded Webinar: Internet Investigation Resources: Best of 2020 & into 2021, 60 minutes – December 17, 2020

Ripped from our own case notes and Industry Undercover tips over the last 11 months, Hg’s expert investigators have compiled their Best of 2020 List of Internet Investigation Resources. In this hands-on, intermediate to advanced webinar, we delve into which OSINT resources and techniques have advanced, which have dissolved, which have 2021 relevance, and what trends we are predicting.

Recorded Webinar : Social Media Investigations & Monitoring, 60 minutes – November 19, 2020

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: International Background Checks, 60 minutes – September 17, 2020

International background checks and due diligence are vital for business success and management. In this hands-on, intermediate to advanced webinar, we will review available databases and open sources for a variety of countries to conduct international due diligence and background checks.

Recorded Webinar: Dark Web Tools Tutorial, 60 minutes – August 20, 2020

Operating in a constantly changing landscape keeps investigators on their toes, particularly when it comes to the Dark Web—where the perversity and depravity of humankind can lurk behind every second click. This hands-on, intermediate to advanced webinar provides the OSINT investigator with the right knowledge and skills to protect people, places, and products when entering the nefarious Dark Web.

Recorded Webinar: Social & Google Summer Hitlist, 60 minutes – July 29, 2020

In OSINT investigations, six months can be an eternity. New apps, social media platforms, and search techniques crawl across the web at rapid speed. Are you equipped to keep up in 2020? In Hg’s mid-year hitlist, we provide OSINT investigators with the best, the worst, and the mediocre online internet tools and techniques for conducting cyber investigations. This hands-on, intermediate to advanced webinar explores new search engine resources and how to properly conduct advanced Internet and social media searches.

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: Advanced Online Due Diligence, 60 minutes – March 25, 2020

Online due diligence investigations examine the backgrounds of corporate entities and the principals who manage them. Regardless of your investigative ability, learning the critical thinking tactics to research and conduct due diligence analyses will enable you to arm your clients with the intelligence they need to make proactive decisions in life and business. This class will explore the databases, Web sites, and Internet resources required to locate difficult information on companies, their assets, and the people that run them.

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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