CEO, Vaillance Group
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 subject matter expert who deploys war stories, humor and charm to bring unrivalled insight into the nexus of espionage and the corporate world.
A certified Case Officer and alumnus 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. She will, for the right price, tell you 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 bêtes noires 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 she 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, setting a record for positive employee feedback that, to her knowledge, still stands to this day. There she also created interactive, multidisciplinary training packages for 45,000 employees on Insider Threat, workplace violence and active shooter awareness that had an emphasis - despite the inherently dry nature of some of the material - 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 founded Vaillance Group, specializing in Insider Threat vulnerability assessments, program development, and training. In the fight against both malicious and unintentional threats, Vaillance leverages Shawnee’s unparalleled knowledge of Insider Threat to protect its clients’ assets, people, and information.