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Opening Sources Workshop Helps Law Enforcement Officers, Security and Finance Professionals to Streamline Investigations

Continuing Ed Credits Provided

WAYNE, N.J., May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Opening Sources, a one-day web searching skills workshop for law enforcement officers, private investigators, and professionals working in finance, insurance, security, and education, will be held on May 23, at the Courtyard Marriott, 595 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The course will be presented by Cynthia Hetherington, MLS, MSM, CFE, President of the Hetherington Group (, a consulting, publishing, and training firm focused on intelligence, security, and investigations, and will provide attendees with various methods for deconstructing Web sites and open sources of intelligence and techniques for strengthening cases of fraud.

Key topics to be covered in the Opening Sources Workshop include:

  • The most powerful online search strategies
  • Simple steps for breaking the Google barrier
  • How to avoid five common open source investigation mistakes
  • Digital image forensics – who, what, when and where
  • Best free online sources for due diligence, business and background checks

Participants will receive a course guidebook, handouts and receive a certificate for seven continuing education credits.

The Hetherington Group also offers various webinars throughout the year on topics such as network investigations, covert searching, online due diligence and expert witness background checks. For information, registration, learn about our special release pricing or to be put on a mailing list, contact the Hetherington Group at 973.706.7525 or Email.  To register online, log on at

About Cynthia Hetherington, MLS, MSM, CFE:

Cynthia Hetherington, MLS, MSM, CFE has more than 18 years of experience in research, investigations, and corporate intelligence. She is the founder of Hetherington Group, a consulting, publishing, and training firm focusing on intelligence, security, and investigations. Cynthia is also the ACFE James Baker "Speaker of the Year" Award Recipient 2012.

Cynthia applies her expertise in library science and information systems to provide clients with strategic insight into research and complex investigations. During her career, she has assisted a vast number of clients with Internet investigations related to employee theft and intellectual property loss. Cynthia has also applied her research skills while conducting online and database research to uncover well-hidden relations between fraudulent associates, their assets, and their secrets. She has experience overseeing international investigations for Fortune 500 companies and other organizations in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.

A widely published author, Cynthia authored Business Background Investigations (2007) and the Manual to Online Public Records (2008), published by Facts on Demand Press as well as co-authoring Web of Deceit: Misinformation and Manipulation in the Age of Social Media (2012) by Information Today. She is the publisher of Internet & Online Intelligence Newsletter and has authored articles on steganography, computer forensics, Internet investigations, and other security-focused monographs.

Cynthia is also recognized for providing corporate security officials; military intelligence units; and federal, state, and local agencies with training on online intelligence practices. Cynthia's classes are ACFE, NASBA, DHS and ASIS approved for continuing professional education credits.

Contact: Irene Maslowski, 973-226-1494 or Email