Intelligence poacher-turned-gamekeeper Shawnee Delaney is a decorated Intelligence Officer and licensed Private Investigator who has conducted thousands of public and private investigations. She is an Insider Threat expert who deploys war stories, humour and charm to bring unrivalled insight into the nexus of espionage and the corporate world.
A certified Case Officer and alumni of “The Farm”, the CIA’s iconic training facility; Shawnee spent nearly a decade with the Defence Intelligence Agency conducting clandestine Human Intelligence (HUMINT) operations all over the world, including four combat zone tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. On occasion she tells the story of the time Al-Qaeda issued a fatwa against all female intelligence officers and tried to kidnap her. Thereafter, alongside the Department of Homeland Security, she coordinated and managed intelligence community relationships in the protection of U.S. critical infrastructure and industrial control systems.
Shawnee’s civilian client back catalogue boasts industries including celebrated big Pharma and big Tech. She led the development and implementation of Uber’s first ever Insider Threat program, with special focus on their autonomous vehicles program. She also led complex corporate investigations all over the globe targeting fraud, platform abuse, data exfiltration, and attribution of unauthorized disclosures.
At Merck Pharmaceuticals Shawnee Delaney created and personally delivered a cutting-edge training program to over 5,000 employees as part of their Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets protection program. She set a record for positive employee feedback which, to her knowledge, still stands to this day. Creating interactive, multidisciplinary training packages for 45,000 employees on Insider Threat, workplace violence and active shooter awareness that had an emphasis on engagement, impact, and fun.
Shawnee specializes in Insider Threat program management, Insider Threat vulnerability assessments, media leaks, counterintelligence operations, surveillance/counter-surveillance, cyber technologies/threats, counter-terrorism, HUMINT operations, international policy/government relations, and counter-proliferation. She holds an M.A. in International Policy Studies with a specialization in Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Proliferation, and a M.S. in Cyber Security.
In 2019 Shawnee Delaney founded Vaillance Group, focusing on Insider Threat vulnerability assessments, program development, and training. In the fight against both malicious and unintentional threats, Vaillance Group leverages Shawnee’s unparalleled knowledge of Insider Threat to protect its clients’ assets, people, and information.
"Shawnee Delaney is that unique, once-in-a-lifetime gifted speaker with an amazing ability to blend the art of intelligence with the art of storytelling with her audiences. She is a clandestine warrior who excelled in recruitment operations directed against human intelligence (HUMINT) sources. Shawnee is the perfect storyteller. Her stories are timeless and authentic. She delivers her material flawlessly and the sources Shawnee recruited over the years were captivated by her magnetic personality and hypnotized by stories of her experiences in the world of espionage, both government and corporate. Your audiences will be equally enamored."
Darrell M. Blocker AKA “The Spy Whisperer”, Former CIA Station Chief, Retired CIA senior operative
"I've had the pleasure of working with Shawnee Delaney as a panelist on a webinar we hosted about insider threat. Her contribution was integral to the success of the event. She had compelling stories to tell and had a great flow throughout. Her answers to the questions posted by the host and the audience were on point and she kept the audience engaged. All in all Shawnee is a talented and respected speaker and I would jump at the opportunity to collaborate with her not just on training events but on overall Insider Threat expertise."
Gabriel Friedlander, Founder & CEO, Wizer, Inc & Co-Founder, ObserveIT
"Our firm has provided superior training to major law enforcement, government and private sector organizations for many years. Shawnee Delaney was brought in for a recent collaboration to provide half-day Insider Threat training to high level law enforcement and private sector personnel. Shawnee’s ability to include exactly the right amount of information, paced perfectly throughout the half day, in a way that was incredibly engaging has resulted in the highest rated training delivered in this arena. Not only did we receive considerable feedback on the value of the materials being provided, we have been asked to provide additional training with Shawnee as soon as possible. Shawnee is a true professional who knows the ins and outs of the threat that insiders pose. If you or your organization are part of US critical infrastructure and do not have a comprehensive insider threat program - Vaillance Group is where you can’t go wrong."
Roque Wicker, President and CEO, Counter-Terrorism Watch, Inc.
"My first interaction with Shawnee Delaney was through participating in an Insider Threat training through the Infragard program in 2020. Shawnee mastered a four hour virtual journey that was superbly laid out for flow of content and peppered with engaging real-life stories. Her ability to bring the threat of insider risks to life, in a way that gives the audience a digestible path to initiate an appropriate plan of their own, thrilled me. I have personally trained thousands of cybersecurity providers and my own techniques were improved by watching Shawnee in action. I have since become a loyal follower of her training programs and have recommended her as the go-to expert in everything Insider Threat."
Joy Beland, CISM, SSAP, Senior Cybersecurity Consultant, Edwards Performance Solutions
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