Decorated Clandestine Officer & Insider Threat Expert
Intelligence poacher-turned-gamekeeper, Shawnee Delaney is a decorated Intelligence Officer, licensed Private Investigator, and an Insider Threat Expert and Founder of Vaillance Group. She deploys war stories, humor and charm to bring unrivalled insight into the nexus of espionage and the corporate world. Read More >
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Did you know that 17% of all sensitive files at companies are accessible to every employee, according to a 2019 Varonis Data Risk Report; or in a 2021 Code42 report, employees are 85% more likely to leak files today than they were pre-COVID? Insider threats are universal and impact every organization that has humans working for them. That means YOU! In this talk, Insider Threat Expert Shawnee Delaney shares her unique insight into preventing insider risks to your company — whether malicious or unintentional. As a former Defense Intelligence Agency Case Officer running cloak-and-dagger espionage operations around the globe, Delaney has the know-how to teach you how to protect your organization’s data and reputation, including advice on best practices, cybersecurity and cyber hygiene, training and awareness, and how to set up an insider threat program. She weaves real-world case studies and war stories throughout to ensure you know where your vulnerabilities lie and how to mitigate them.
Shawnee Delaney has just about seen and done it all. As a decorated intelligence officer sent on solo clandestine operations around the world — including four combat zone tours — founder of her own security company, as well as running global programs for Fortune 500 companies and being a single mom, Delaney has worked with everyone from heads of state to terrorists. She knows how to persevere. And she believes every woman — no matter what profession they’re in — can do the same. In this inspirational talk, Delaney will share her experiences, from recruiting spies to thriving in a male-dominated industry to the critical importance of knowing your own worth. You’ll leave fired up to take on the world and become unstoppable.
Is your valuable data increasingly at risk? More than ever, says Shawnee Delaney, an Insider Threat Expert and Founder of Vaillance Group, which specializes in human risk assessments, insider threat program development and specialized training. With humor, case studies and her own “war” stories from conducting clandestine operations around the world — targeting people like you — Delaney shares her best cybersecurity practices, including focusing on the humans that work with you, how to reduce your insider risks/threats and how to protect your data and reputation. You’ll walk away from this talk with an actionable plan for prevention — knowing the threats you face, why you should care and how to best mitigate them.
"It was a great honor to host Ms. Shawnee Delaney as one of our speakers for the online panelist discussion on Career in National Security at Harvard Kennedy School. Ms. Delaney brought deep insights for the conversation, especially from a female leader’s perspective. She shared her career experiences in a personable manner that the audience from different backgrounds can easily relate to. She answered questions with professionalism and candor. We received great feedback from event participants. It was an absolute pleasure working together with Ms. Delaney on this event. Hope we will have the opportunity to host her as a speaker again in the future."
"Shawnee was great!…She was great to work with….she came off very relatable and interesting!"
"Shawnee Delaney is an exceptional subject matter expert on the coin of the realm of cyber security -- Insider Threats. Incorporating her deep experience running cloak and dagger espionage operations in war zones as a Defense Intelligence Agency Officer and protecting U.S. critical infrastructure, Delaney delivers highly organized, substantive presentations. Her comprehensive training curriculum, buttressed by the most relevant and often intriguing case studies, teach the best cyber security practices, on which corporations and private citizens should comfortably rely to protect their data and reputation."
"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 story teller. Her stories are timeless and authentic. She delivers her materials 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."
"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 only just on training events but on overall Insider Threat expertise."
"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."
"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 away 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."
"Shawnee Delaney is a dynamic and exciting presenter whose in-depth knowledge of cybersecurity and insider threats both educates her audiences and provides them with an actionable plan for prevention. Shawnee pulls from real life experiences from both her days in the intelligence world and the corporate world and can detail both the human and technical vulnerabilities that exist today. Her ability to chronicle the pervasive nature of insider threats and how these are often the entry point for cyberattacks like ransomware and nation-states, set her apart from others. She is a fantastic storyteller and thought leader that immediately captivates her audience when she begins to present. Shawnee is also a wonderful person to work with, she is thoughtful and cares deeply about delivering content that will have immediate impact on her audience's ability to secure their environment."
"It was a real privilege to host Shawnee Delaney as the closing keynote speaker at our #Inspiring Politics Careers Week at University College London. Ms Delaney shared her wealth of experience in the field and throughout the trajectory of her career with a rare blend of acute insights, honesty, and humour. She both impressed and inspired our global audience with her approachable and good-natured responses to quite thorny topics peppered with substantive, practical and meaningful advice that was relatable to all. The students at all levels loved her! It was truly delightful to work with Ms Delaney throughout the preparation and during the event, and I hope that we will be able to welcome her back to campus, in person, very soon."
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