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.


2020 Single Webinars: 1 hour Webinars: $79

2019 Single Webinars: 1 hour Webinars: $79; 2 hour Webinars: $115

Upcoming Live Webinars

November 19 : Social Media Investigations & Monitoring, 60 minutes, 1 CEU

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.

December 17 : Internet Investigation Resources: Best of 2020 & into 2021, 60 minutes, 1 CEU

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 Webinars

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: Online Social Media Primer Series: 300 minutes – August 3-31, 2020

* Complimentary to OSMOSIScon 2020 attendees

We all start somewhere, and some investigators are still a little lost at understanding what riches and content resources 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. We’ll also discuss how to capture content per service, so you can present it in your reports.  Each webinar will cover a single social media platform and its specific details.  Platforms to be covered include Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Reddit.

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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: Open Source Intelligence—Start to Finish, an OSMOSIS Primer Webinar Series, 360 minutes – July 20-24, 2020

* Complimentary to OSMOSIScon 2020 attendees

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.

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Recorded Webinar: Domestic Background Checks, 60 minutes – June 10, 2020

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: 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: Discreet Investigations: Undercover Online, 60 minutes – April 22, 2020

Many social networks and online information sources either 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 class provides tools for how to work undercover online, while adhering to ethical standards and laws.

Recorded Webinar: Social Media Searching: Trends & Updates, 60 minutes – March 26, 2020

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: 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: Online Image Tracking & IP Tracing, 60 minutes – March 24, 2020

Knowing specialized technical search techniques and resources are invaluable when tracking down the owner of a web site, photo, copyrighted image or other electronic document types. This class provides a comprehensive introduction to unique search tools for tracing images and IP addresses.

Recorded Webinar: Advanced Social Media Investigations, 60 minutes – March 24, 2020

Social media platforms are an important aspect of any online investigation. This advanced class 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: 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: Beyond Google, 60 minutes – January 23, 2020

It’s been a long-time since Larry Page and Sergey Brin launched Google in 2002. Since then, the search engine has evolved while other search engines have vied for its user standing. This intermediate to advanced webinar expands your knowledge of Google and other search engines, providing you hands-on techniques to tackle challenging searches.

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.

Recorded Webinar: Social Network Monitoring, 60 minutes, September 19, 2019

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.

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