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Founder & CEO, Hetherington Group

Cynthia Hetherington, MLS, MSM, CFE, CII is the founder and CEO of Hetherington Group, a consulting, publishing, and training firm that leads in due diligence, corporate intelligence, and cyber investigations by keeping pace with the latest security threats and assessments.

Hetherington Group trains more than 7,200 investigators, security professionals, attorneys, accountants, auditors, military intelligence professionals, and federal, state, and local agencies on best practices annually. Drawing upon this depth of experience, Ms. Hetherington has authored three industry-leading reference books (with a fourth publishing in 2023) on conducting cyber investigations. 

Ms. Hetherington leads national and international investigations into corporate due diligence and fraud, personal asset recovery, and background checks. Applying her specialized knowledge of the financial, pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries, her cyber investigations have recovered millions of dollars in high profile corruption cases, assisting in the investigations of the top two Ponzi cases in United States history.

She shares her expertise in this increasingly data-intensive, cyber-focused world through timely publications, an online blog, leading the OSINT Academy ( and hosting the annual OSMOSIS Conference which provides lead-edge insights for professionals across the global cyber investigations field ( 

Ms. Hetherington has been recognized with numerous awards, including the prestigious Women in IT New York’s 2022 Security Leader of the Year.