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 with some associations (specifically NASBA)..
2019 Single Webinars: 1 hour Webinars: $79; 2 hour Webinars: $115
2018 Single Recorded Webinars: 1 hour Webinars: $69; 2 hour Webinars: $95
January 23: Investigating with Public Records and Open Sources, 60 minutes, 1 CEU
As an investigator, you have the ability to access hundreds of thousands of Surface, Deep, and Dark web sites to gather the intelligence you need when conducting an investigation. This course provides a thorough description of how and where to find data within public records and open sources.
February 21: Utilizing Advanced Google Searches, 60 minutes, 1 CEU
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. This class expands your general knowledge of the search engine, making difficult searches more effective.
March 28: Utilizing Social Media and Other Search Resources, 60 minutes, 1 CEU
As an investigator, social media platforms and search engines are important tools for tracking down facts and following leads. This class expands your general knowledge of social media platforms and search engines, allowing you to create thorough reports for your clients.
April 23-25: Open Source Intelligence—Start to Finish, 360 minutes, 6 CEUs
Designed as a primer for the fundamentals of online investigations, this series offers those new to online investigations a chance to catch up on the basics of open source intelligence.
Three days of webinars provide a field investigator the tools to conduct open source intelligence investigations: Learn the types, differences, and jargon of open source investigations; 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!); learn best practices on how to use a computer and the resources available on the Internet and social media; understand when to use the Surface, Deep, or Dark Web to locate your information; understand documentation procedures for creating sharp and understandable reports; and learn the fundamentals of conducting online investigations ethically.
May 16: Global Due Diligence and Investigations, 60 minutes, 1 CEU
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. In this course, we will review available databases and open sources for a variety of countries to conduct international due diligence and background checks.
June 20: Understanding the Dark Web, 60 minutes, 1 CEU
Dark Web sounds like a sexy ‘members only’ club, where socialites get away with advantage and privilege, but in fact it’s a den of inequity operated by the technically sophisticated. Investigators may be sharp at Google and their databases but lack an understanding of what’s going on behind the scenes and how to operate in this nefarious world.
July 11: Internet Investigation Resources, 60 minutes, 1 CEU
A good investigator needs search tools that go beyond the generalized Google resource. This course explores new search engine resources and how to properly conduct advanced Internet and social media searches.
August 19-23: Online Social Media Primer Series, 300 minutes, 5 CEUs
We all start somewhere, and some investigators are still a little lost at understanding what riches and resource of content social media offers. Often leads are created, facts are challenged, and game changing details in support of our cases are a few mouse clicks away. This introductory primer series will teach you why to use these platforms, how to get into them, where to look, what nuances and leads you need to chase down, and how they are all interrelated.
September 19: Social Network Monitoring, 60 minutes, 1 CEU
Often online investigations require more than a surface exploration of social media accounts. This course explores how to open every aspect of social media to locate key information hidden or overlooked.
Updated quarterly to keep investigators at the fore of social media trends, this advanced hands-on course will explore the latest search tools—free and fee-based—popular for monitoring chatter on social networks from Facebook to Burn Book.
November 21: Discreet Investigations: Undercover Online, 60 minutes, 1 CEU
December 19 : Conducting an Ethical Online Investigation, 120 minutes, 2 CEUs
Recorded Webinar: Ethics Online, 100 minutes – December 6, 2018
Recorded Webinar Dark Web Undercover, 60 minutes – November 8, 2018
Recorded Webinar: Social Media Investigations & Monitoring: 60 minutes, September 6, 2018
Recorded Webinar: OSINT 6: Open Source Intelligence—Start to Finish: 360 minutes – August 7-9, 2018
Recorded Webinar: Unique Search Tools: 90 minutes – July 12, 2018
Recorded Webinar: International Background Checks, 60 minutes – June 8, 2018
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. Read More >
Recorded Webinar: Domestic Background Checks: 90 minutes – May 24, 2018
Recorded Webinar: Social Media Searching: 60 minutes – April 19, 2018
Recorded Webinar: Due Diligence and Public Records, 90 minutes – March 8, 2018
Recorded Webinar: Dark Web Primer, 60 minutes – February 8, 2018
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. Read More >
Recorded Webinar: Google Beginner to Pro, 60 minutes – January 11, 2018
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. Please note only live Hg webinars are approved for CEUs. Read More >