Shawnee Delaney – Keynote Speaker

Decorated Intelligence Officer, Investigator, and Insider Threat Subject Matter Expert

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Specialist Subjects

  • Human Vulnerabilities in Cybersecurity: Strategies for Mitigating Social Engineering and Insider Threats
  • The Art of Espionage: Understanding the Fundamentals of Spycraft
  • Inside the Shadows: A Spy's Guide to Understanding Espionage and Protecting Your Organization
  • Stealing Innovation: Understanding the Threat of Corporate Espionage and Intellectual Property Theft
  • Guarding Your Ideas: Strategies for Protecting Intellectual Property Against Espionage and Theft
  • Beyond Hiring and Firing: Maximizing Organizational Performance through Effective Employment Lifecycle Management
  • The Invisible Threat: Safeguarding Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets against Malicious Actors
  • From Espionage to Entrepreneurship: Lessons Learned as a Spy Turned Business Owner
  • Dark Corners: Exploring the Hidden Dangers of Insider Threat and Extremism
  • Ransomware: Understanding, Prevention, and Response
  • The Stress Connection: How Stress Can Create Insider Threats
  • Unseen Perils: Navigating the Insider Threat Landscape in a Wireless World
  • Unveiling the Intersection of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Insider Threat
  • Digital Wellness: The Art of Maintaining Your Cyber Health


  • English


Shawnee Delaney is the founder and CEO of Vaillance Group. Shawnee spent nearly a decade with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) as a decorated Clandestine Services Officer conducting Human Intelligence (HUMINT) operations all over the world. She served four combat zone tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Case Officer and Detachment Chief and served as a Supervisory Branch Chief in Europe.

After leaving DIA, Shawnee supported the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the protection of U.S. critical infrastructure and industrial control systems for the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT). Shawnee has built Insider Threat programs for major Fortune 500 companies.

Shawnee Delaney holds an M.A. in International Policy Studies with a Specialization in Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Proliferation, a M.S. in Cyber Security and is currently in process of getting her third Masters in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. She has written articles or been cited on Insider Threat in publications such as the Cipher Brief, Fox Business, Yahoo Finance, Business Insider, the Hill, and the Financial Times, among other international periodicals.

Popular Talks by Shawnee Delaney

Human Vulnerabilities in Cybersecurity: Strategies for Mitigating Social Engineering and Insider Threats

This presentation will provide an overview on what the term “insider threat” actually encompasses, from unintentional acts to malicious acts, and everything in between. It will provide details and case studies on malicious insider acts, psychological motivations of a malicious actor, and the Critical Pathway. The Critical Pathway, as identified by Shaw and Sellers, explains how personal predispositions, stressors, and concerning behaviors can lead up to Insider Threat-like behaviors and/or malicious acts. In addition, this presentation will discuss:
– How the human factor impacts organizations.
– How your organizational culture can affect insider threat.
– How both spies and social engineers work similarly to target you and your employees to gain access to your organization’s most sensitive data.
– How one’s personal motivations and vulnerabilities can leave their organization vulnerable.
– How organizations can establish an employment lifecycle program in order to understand important interdependencies, touchpoints, interactions, and gaps in insider protection strategies.

The Art of Espionage: Understanding the Fundamentals of Spycraft

Espionage is real and is all around us. Think you would never be recruited as a spy? Think again. In this presentation you will learn from a former Case Officer – a Spy – how she used to target and recruit people just like you. From elicitation at airport gates to surveillance of unwitting people, hear the tricks and techniques she leveraged against various targets of all walks of life and how you can prepare if you suspect you are ever approached. This talk covers both human and cyber security tactics used and addresses how today’s malicious actors including hackers, nation states, and organized criminal groups, use the same techniques as spies. 

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