March 21, 2019


Kathleen R. McMorrow

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Hg’s founder and president to attend New York City awards ceremony on March 28 at the world’s largest tech diversity event

(Wanaque, NJ) Cynthia Hetherington, founder and president of Hetherington Group (Hg), has been shortlisted with nine other global women for the prestigious 2019 Women in IT—NYC Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Organized by business technology site Information Age, the awards were launched as a platform to celebrate women in technology.

“The Women in IT Awards has grown significantly since its inception five years ago. We have been blown away by people’s passion and enthusiasm for this cause. Last year’s event in New York was spectacular and this year’s event will dazzle” said Nick Ismail, Content Editor, Information Age. “This year we received over 500 nominations, showcasing an amazing array of talent across North America’s technology industry. All of the finalists deserve a massive congratulations for the achievements that have resulted in them being shortlisted for an award. We can’t wait to welcome everyone for one of the biggest nights in technology on 28 March.”

“It is an honor to be shortlisted with such an outstanding group of women tech leaders,” stated Ms. Hetherington. “Given the limited number of women in this ever-expanding industry, opportunities to celebrate women’s achievements in and contributions to information technology serves as a beacon of light, calling young women to join us as we make our way into frontiers previously closed off to us.”

Headquartered in New Jersey, Hg is a consulting, publishing, and training firm that leads in due diligence, corporate intelligence, and cyber investigations. For the past three years, Hg has shown a consistently strong 50% growth and is on track to expand operations with a 50% increase in investigators and a 20% expansion in support staff. Ms. Hetherington has authored three books on how to conduct cyber investigations and annually trains over 7,200 intelligence professionals on best practices. She shares her expertise in this increasingly data-intensive, cyber focused-world through the publication of an industry newsletter and an online blog.

Since its launch, in 2015, the Women in IT Awards have showcased women in technology in London, New York, Ireland, and Silicon Valley. This year the awards series will expand to celebrate women in technology in Asia, Berlin, and Canada for the first time. This growing awards series acts as a flagship and high-profile platform to support the industry in its mission to move the dial on gender.

According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology, the number of women working in IT in 2017 was a mere 26%, with women of color representing only 10% of that number (5% Asian, 3% African-American, and 1% Hispanic). Cybersecurity Ventures estimates that by the end of 2019, a mere 20% of women will be in the global cybersecurity workforce, up from 11% in 2013. The Women in IT Awards series aims to tackle this issue and redress the gender imbalance, by showcasing the achievements of women in the sector and identifying new role models.

About Information Age

Information Age was founded in 1995 as a print magazine. The brand launched a website in 2001 and evolved into a fully digital proposition in 2017. The Data Leadership Summit was launched in 2011, expanding into the awards event, together with the launch of the Tech Leaders Summit, the following year. The Tech Leaders Awards was launched in 2017.