Shawnee Delaney – Keynote Speaker

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

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Specialist Subjects

  • Human Related Vulnerabilities
  • Insider threat
  • Cyber Security
  • Internal Security
  • National Security Strategy
  • Fraud Investigations
  • Espionage
  • Human intelligence
  • Intelligence operations
  • Corporate espionage
  • Counter intelligence
  • Social Engineering
  • Working in a male-dominated industry
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • From Spies to Social Engineers: Mitigating the Human Threat
  • From Spies to Social Engineers: How the Human Factor Leaves You Vulnerable
  • Employment Lifecycle Management to Mitigate Insider Threats
  • Corporate Espionage
  • Theft of Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets
  • HYBRID - Theft of Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets, Malicious Actors and Employment Lifecycle


  • English


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 Defense 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.

Popular Talks by Shawnee Delaney

Human Related Vulnerabilities

This presentation will provide an overview on what the term “insider threat” actually encompases, from unintentional acts to malicious acts, and everything in between. It will provide details and case studies on fraud, IT sabotage, espionage, trusted third parties, the Critical Pathway, and red flag indicators.

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 one’s personal motivations and vulnerabilities can leave their organization vulnerable, how your company’s culture can affect insider threat, and how both spies and social engineers work similarly to target you and your employees to gain access to your organization’s most sensitive data.

Insider threat

An employee’s lifecycle encompasses several stages throughout their career.  This begins with recruitment and concludes with resignation, retirement, or termination.

This talk addresses how organizations can establish an employment lifecycle program in order to give employees consistency throughout their careers and teaches you how to prevent insider threats as a result.  It also provides a framework to understand important interdependencies, touchpoints, interactions, and gaps in insider protection strategies.

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