in person conference Sessions

 Conference Day 1 - Thursday, October 5, 2023

Session 1

General Session

October 5th @ 08:15 – 09:30 US Central Time  - Hannibal “Mike” Ware


DESCRIPTION: In this keynote, United States’ Small Business Administration (SBA) Inspector General will address the Fraud Landscape facing the nation’s IG and law enforcement community in the aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic; and, how we can move forward to proactively combat fraud, waste, and abuse in the future. Recently, the SBA Office of Inspector General (OIG) released their Fraud Landscape Report that provided an in-depth review that resulted in a comprehensive estimate of the potential fraud in the SBA’s pandemic assistance loan programs.  

BIO:  Hannibal “Mike” Ware was sworn in as Inspector General on May 24, 2018, following his confirmation by the U.S. Senate. He is responsible for independent oversight of SBA’s programs and operations, which normally encompass more than $100 billion in guaranteed loans and nearly $100 billion in Federal contracting dollars. As a result of SBA’s role in the nation’s pandemic response, he is providing oversight of over a trillion dollars of lending authority aimed at stabilizing the nation’s economy and providing vital capital to the nation’s small businesses. He also is a statutory member of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency’s (CIGIE) Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), serving alongside his Inspector General colleagues to provide a whole of Government response to the pandemic oversight effort. Within the PRAC, Inspector General Ware chairs the Subcommittee on Audits. In addition, Inspector General Ware serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee for CIGIE and is a member of CIGIE’s Executive Council. 

Prior to his appointment to be the Inspector General, from April 2016 to January 2017, Mr. Ware served as the Deputy Inspector General, and he served as the Acting Inspector General from January 2017. Mr. Ware has over 30 years of experience within the OIG community. In 1990, he joined DOI OIG’s Virgin Islands field office as an auditor and later became the Field Office Supervisor. Throughout his long and distinguished oversight career, he performed increasingly challenging and vital roles within the OIG community. From the Virgin Islands field office, Mr. Ware was promoted to Eastern Regional Manager, where he provided leadership of all phases of the technical and administrative operation of the region, including planning and managing audits, inspections, evaluations, and joint investigations. Mr. Ware later moved to DOI OIG’s Office of Management and served as the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Management.  In this capacity, he executed DOI OIG’s independent operating budget and managed the logistical concerns for the office’s nationwide presence. In April 2016, he was appointed to the Senior Executive Service as the SBA OIG Deputy Inspector General.

Mr. Ware holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from the University of the Virgin Islands and was conferred a degree of Doctorate of Humane Letters by the University in December 2020. He also is a graduate of the Senior Executive Service Career Development Program. He has received numerous awards and honors throughout his career as recognition for his significant work in the Inspector General community. Inspector General Ware is a Chairman Emeritus of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ Board of Regents and was recently named Certified Fraud Examiner of the Year by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. 

 Session 2

Breakout 1: October 5th @ 9:45 – 10:45 US Central Time  - Will Weatherspoon

TITLE: Elder Financial Exploitation Through Impersonation Schemes

DESCRIPTION:  In 2022 the FBI reported that 88,262 victims of fraud aged 60 and older, suffering losses in excess of $3B.  That was an increase from 2021 by 84%.   With that increase, attacks taking place against our Elder population, we’ll explore the most recent trends related to those attacks.  Take a journey on the Impersonation Schemes that have included everything from Federal Agents to Technical Support, and even more recently involving Financial Institution Associates. These deceitful schemes can exploit their finances through scams or financial manipulation.

BIO: The 2018 International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI) International Financial Crimes Investigator of the Year award winner William Witherspoon is a Financial Crimes Professional with nearly 30 years of industry experience. He has actively supported the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) through the ACFE Mentorship Program by leading the newest potential fraud examiners. William is a leading Subject Matter Expert in Business Email Compromise (BEC) events that resulted in the recovery of over $200MM for victims. William’s work within some of the largest financial institutions has revealed his gift of leading and developing the future generation of fraud fighters.

Breakout 2: October 5th @ 9:45 – 10:45 US Central Time  Todd Burns

TITLE: Gray Market Fraud

DESCRIPTION: This presentation will explore the fundamentals of grey market fraud. It will focus on the types of entities that commit this fraud and the methods they utilize. The presentation will also cover the ways companies can prevent, detect, and enforce against grey market fraud including the identification of red flags and suggested training for internal employees.

BIO: After serving in the U.S. Army and in private sector roles, Todd Burns worked over 20 years as an FBI special agent investigating a variety of crimes including cyber, public corruption, corporate theft, gangs and narcotics. Most recently, Todd conducted fraud investigations at Hewlett Packard Enterprise where he helped recover and save millions of dollars related to grey market fraud. He is currently an attorney with Gregor, Wynne, & Arney PLLC based in Houston where he litigates commercial and federal white collar criminal cases.

 Session 3

Breakout 1: October 5th @ 10:55 – 11:55 US Central Time 

Supervisory Special Agent Jack Avery and Special Agent Jason Webb

TITLE: IRS-Criminal Investigations at a Glance and Case Studies

DESCRIPTION: The agents will go over a brief history of IRS-CI and discuss the types of investigations and tools used in those investigations.  The agents will also discuss occupational fraud and its intersection with the financial investigations conducted by IRS-CI.  The presentation will describe adjudicated cases that relate to The Fraud Tree. 

BIO: SSA Jack Avery began his career as a Criminal Investigator with the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation in 2000 and has investigated crimes including tax fraud, money laundering and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.  SSA Avery currently supervises a group of the most experienced criminal investigators in the Houston Area who are involved in numerous high profile and sensitive fraud investigations.  SSA Avery is a proud holder of the Certified Fraud Examiner Credential. 

 SA Jason Webb began his career as a Criminal Investigator with the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation in 2009.  He has investigated allegations of tax fraud including employment tax fraud, return preparer fraud, and tax evasion.  SA Webb has also investigated allegations of public corruption.   SA Webb currently investigates tax and tax related financial crimes.  SA Webb is a CPA, licensed in the state of Texas.

Breakout 2: October 5th @ 10:55 – 11:55 US Central Time  Rhedonda Cox

TITLE: How AI is Saving the World

DESCRIPTION: Everyone is talking about “AI” changing the world. See How AI/Video Analytics Is Already Helping Stop, Deter, and Solve Crimes Fast,  While  Also Making Security Departments the Darling of The C- Suite By Optimizing ROI - Using Equipment they Already Have!

BIO: Rhedonda Cox enjoys an illustrious career in security & technology and retail/ wholesale. She started her career in security with the top commissioned guard security company in Houston, SEAL Security, over ten years ago. While there, assisted in building a fleet of mobile camera security units and was featured three times in SDM magazine, local media, and other publications. From there, she joined Johnson Controls as a National Account Manager, handling top companies and securing new logos. Eventually, she forged into ballistic resistant nanotechnology for glass, developed in conjunction with Rice University’s Nanoscience and Mechanical Engineering Depts, at Texas Glass Armor as their V.P. A technology she learned about during her PTO chairmanship at the top-rated Texas elementary school, Barbara Bush Elementary, where she would help the former first lady read to the children yearly, including her own. There, she spearheaded the company's brands to become a Houston Biz Journal Top Entrepreneurial Company of 2020 Award Winner. Rhedonda was recently featured in US GLASS Magazine (DEC 22) and Window Film Magazine (Oct/Nov 20) and has been a local, national, and international speaker on security solutions and ballistic-resistant design. Rhedonda joined BriefCam, the world’s top AI/ Video Analytics this year, having known the organization from working with them at Johnson Controls in 2017. Briefcam has solved some of the world’s highest profile criminal cases and she wanted to be a part of the growing team to help make the world a safer place in the hottest security trend today- Artificial Intelligence (AI) 

 Session 4

Breakout 1: October 5th @ 1:00 – 2:40 US Central Time  Kim Triplett-Kolerich

TITLE: Diversity and Women in Investigations

DESCRIPTION: Kim will discuss the role that women have in investigations both in the law enforcement arena and in the corporate world.  She will discuss her thirty-five year law enforcement career and how she has been successful as a woman in a relatively male dominated space.  There will be a discussion about diversity and culture and incorporating those into personnel in the work force. 

BIO: Kim Triplett-Kolerich  is a Senior Investigator in the Financial Crimes Unit in the attorney general’s office in Washington State. She has expertise in money laundering, asset recovery, wage theft, and tax evasion. She is also a member of the Security/Safety Team. She is highly trained in Workplace Violence and Emergency Management.   Kim has a passion for helping retired law enforcement and first responders to transition working in the private sector.  She is also a nationally Certified Instructor in First Aid/CPR/AED.  She has been awarded the 2019 - Mariam Graham Award for Excellence and 2020 – 2022 each year the Attorney General Office - Excellence Award

Breakout 2: October 5th @ 1:00 – 2:40 PM US Central Time  David Maimon

TITLE:  Open-Source Intelligence in Online Stolen Data Markets: Assessment of Network Disruption Strategies

DESCRIPTION: The Evidence Based Cybersecurity research group in Georgia State University ( systematically monitors the online fraud ecosystem. This talk will present concrete evidence regarding the emergence and evolution of fraud trends between 2022-2023.

BIO:   David Maimon, a professor and Next Generation Scholar in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies’ Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology, directs the Evidence-based Cybersecurity Research Group at Georgia State University. He is also a research associate with the HUJI Cyber-Security Research Center at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His research interests include theories of human behaviors, cyber-enabled and cyber-dependent crimes and experimental research methods. His current research focuses on computer hacking and the progression of system trespassing events, computer networks vulnerabilities to cyberattacks, and decision-making process in cyber space. He is also conducting research on intellectual property and cyber fraud. Maimon’s research has been funded by research grants from both governmental and private agencies from both the U.S. and abroad. He received the Young Scholar Award from the White-Collar Crime Research Consortium of the National White-Collar Crime Center for his cybercrime research in 2015, the Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars Faculty Mentor Award from the University of Maryland, and the Best Publication Award in Mental Health from the American Sociological Association. Maimon received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the Ohio State University in 2009.

Professor, Criminal Justice & Criminology, Director, Evidence-Based Cybersecurity Research Group, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

 Session 5

Breakout 1: October 5th @ 3:00 – 4:00  US Central Time  Cindy Quintanilla and Jeremy Borowick

TITLE: Crypto-Crime Chronicles:  Unveiling Fraud Typologies and Fraud Prevention

DESCRIPTION: Discover the intricate landscape of fraud and money laundering schemes involving cryptocurrency while exploring strategies for fraud.  This is a presentation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, including case examples.

BIO: Forensic Accountant Cindy Quintanilla and Special Agent Jeremy Borowick from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  SA Jeremy Borowick is a CPA and previously worked in Audit at KPMG LLP. SA Borowick joined the FBI in 2016 and was first assigned to the El Paso Division. SA Borowick transferred to the Houston Division in 2018 and is assigned to the Complex Financial Crimes squad. SA Borowick primarily investigates matters involving investment fraud and money laundering. SA Borowick and his wife have one amazing daughter and a cat.

Breakout 2: October 5 @ 3:00 – 4:50 pm Sanjay Bhakta and Kennedy Meda

TITLE: A Next-Gen Approach to Fighting Fraud: Artificial Intelligence

DESCRIPTION:  AI is redefining fraud prevention from relying only on past experiences to considering emerging activities, behaviors, and trends in transaction anomalies. Before AI, fraud prevention systems would depend on rules alone, which excel at analyzing past fraud patterns without providing insights into the future. Combining supervised learning algorithms trained on historical data with unsupervised learning can reduce fraud rates, save costs, improve customer experience, and comply with business and financial institutions' regulations.

BIO: Sanjay Bhakta, currently the Global Head of Solutions drives business development and solutions in the field of Digital Safety, Fraud, and Security leading teams of engineers, analysts, and data scientists.  He’s spent over 17 years in financial services, spanning different roles, combating fraudsters across the globe.  His fraud experiences include Account Takeover, AML, Chargebacks, First-party, Forensics, Friendly fraud, and Payments.  In addition, Sanjay’s background in AI and Cybersecurity has enabled innovative solutions brought to market that adapt and evolve with the dynamics and agility of Fraudsters.

Kennedy Meda, CFE CFS spent almost a decade conducting fraud and financial crime investigations at tier-one financial institutes. These investigations included money laundering, money mule, opioid/drug financing, human trafficking, elder exploitation, SBA/PPP loan fraud, first-party fraud, account taker, chargeback abuse, and internal threat. Kennedy moved into the private sector and worked as a Market Intelligence Fraud Analyst at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C, analyzing wash trading, money crossing, insider trading, pump and dump related cases. Currently she is the Director of Digital Safety & Fraud Solutions at Centific, assisting and providing financial institutions and businesses with solutions to mitigate fraud risks, while building public consumer trust.

 Session 6

October 5th @ 4:10 – 5:00 US Central Time  - Helga Zauner

TITLE: Examining the Alex Murdaugh Case from a Fraud Investigator’s Perspective

DESCRIPTION:  The world was recently fixated on the criminal trial of Alex Murdaugh, a former South Carolina attorney who was found guilty of the murders of his wife and son, which prosecutors alleged was part of an effort to conceal financial crimes spanning over a decade.  Helga Zauner will discuss the Murdaugh investigation and prosecution from the perspective of a fraud investigator.   We will examine the fraud schemes in which Murdaugh was alleged to have been involved, based on information presented during and subsequent to his murder trial.  We will discuss the Alex Murdaugh case, analyzing in detail the financial crimes that allegedly led Murdaugh to murder his wife and son. We will touch on the mechanics of his alleged frauds against clients and his own law firm, analyze why he got away with it for as long as he did and how he finally got caught.

BIO: Helga Zauner from Weaver is a testifying expert witness with more than 25 years of experience in litigation consulting, financial analysis, banking, research and teaching. She focuses on financial modelling and statistical techniques, with extensive experience in quantitative data analysis. In addition, Helga has built a successful practice as an expert witness in personal injury, divorce and commercial litigation.

 In Person, Day Two -Conference Friday, October 6, 2023

 Session 1

October 6 @ 08:15 – 09:45 US Central Time - Rick Ordemann and Leo Munoz

General Session

Title: State of Play – Technology Solutions in Investigations

BIO: Rick Ordemann provides e-discovery and forensic technology services for RSM US.  His focus is on assisting clients by analyzing and reviewing unstructured data in support of e-discovery matters and corporate investigations. Rick has extensive experience working with many Fortune 500 companies and Am Law 100 law firms. He is a thought leader in the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence technology, with more than 10 years of consulting experience in both the public and private sectors.

Prior to joining RSM, Rick led the discovery services analytics at an e-discovery firm. Rick also worked for a Big Four accounting firm as a lead specialist, a management consulting firm as a data analytics specialist, and a multinational professional services and information technology company as a lead systems analyst. Rick has also worked directly with several corporations on secondment.

Leo Munoz is also a Director for RSM in Financial Advisory Services.  He has more than 25 years of accounting, finance, and management experience in public accounting, in industry, and as a business owner. He spent 6 years in public accounting in the audit department of a national public accounting firm, 9 years in various director-level financial positions with a publicly held company.  He hassignificant experience providing litigation consulting and forensic accounting services—including as an expert witness on behalf of clients—performing internal investigations, applying and evaluating financial reporting methods, responding to allegations of accounting and auditing malpractice, asset tracing engagements, and other complex financial and accounting issues. He is a co-host of the inSecurities Podcast from the Practicing Law Institute, and an Adjunct Professor at the Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University.

Session 2

Breakout 1: October 6 @ 10:00 -10:50 US Central Time  Rebecca Baker and Jeff Johnston

TITLE:  Conducting effective & efficient internal investigations

DESCRIPTION:  Internal investigations are key to good corporate governance when the board of directors and general counsels are presented with allegations of misconduct.  An effective internal investigation equips the company with information necessary to make appropriate business and employment-related decisions.  This program will outline the key decision points in structuring and conducting internal investigations, practical tips to manage the scope and expense of an investigation, and advice on how to respond to whistleblowers, avoid retaliation claims, and navigate additional employment-related concerns. 

BIO: Becky Baker has extensive experience at Vinson & Elkins in managing the labor and employment aspects of complex business sales, acquisitions and other transactions. She also represents employers in all aspects of the employment relationship.  Becky is a Chambers-ranked partner in the firm’s Employment, Labor & OSHA group. She counsels and represents employers in all aspects of the employment relationship, including employment-related investigations. Her clients span a variety of industries, including energy, transportation and logistics, manufacturing, hospitality, healthcare, and banking

 Jeff Johnston’s practice focuses on Vinson & Elkins on shareholder litigation and government and internal investigations. Jeff represents companies, officers, directors, and auditors in securities litigation, fiduciary duty litigation, DOJ and SEC investigations, and internal investigations, and he counsels clients on issues related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Jeff also advises clients on various cybersecurity issues, including governance, incident response, and data breach notifications.  Jeff is a Chambers-ranked litigator with over two decades of experience in shareholder litigation and government and internal investigations. Jeff represents clients in securities litigation, DOJ and SEC investigations, and internal investigations.

Breakout 2: October 6 @ 10:00 -10:50  US Central Time  Michael E. Anderson

TITLE:  The Ethics of Enron

DESCRIPTION: Enron, the case that defined corporate fraud and made infamous its C-suite executives.  Retired FBI Agent Michael E. Anderson, who led the FBI Houston Enron Task Force, provides an inside, behind the scenes look at Enron’s corrupt and unethical leadership, toxic culture and fraudulent accounting that contributed to the failure of the seventh largest company in America.  The presentation gives a retrospective on investigating the largest and most complex White Collar Crime case in FBI history resulting in 23 convictions and more than $105 million forfeited to the victims.  Included are common sense ethical takeaways relevant to every occupation and industry.

BIO: Michael Anderson was the former FBI Assistant Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in charge of the White Collar Crime Program and investigated the Enron fraud.   Michael E. Anderson served with the FBI for more than 28 years before retiring in November 2017.  Throughout his career, Agent Anderson primarily investigated and supervised complex financial crime matters.  He opened the Enron investigation in December 2001 and served as supervisor of the Enron Task Force in Houston for its nearly five-year existence.  The investigation resulted in 23 convictions and more than $105 million forfeited to the victims of the fraud.  In September 2006, Agent Anderson was awarded the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the highest award given by the Department of Justice, for his leadership of the Enron investigation.  He has lectured about the Enron case around the country and in Hong Kong.  Agent Anderson holds a Master of Business Administration degree with Distinction from the University of Louisville and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

 Session 3

Breakout 1: October 6 @ 10:55  -11:55  US Central Time  Erik Lioy and Sean Sarsfield

TITLE: Investigating Fraud - 72 Hours to Get It Right

DESCRIPTION: Through analysis of publicly reported investigations, Erik Lioy and Sean Sarsfield, FORVIS professionals, will explore the root cause of the failures. Their presentation will show that the seeds of failure are often sowed in the first 72 hours of an investigation. They will focus on themes and practical recommendations that the audience can use to prevent future mishaps, including proper planning, early identification of conflicts of interest and contamination of evidence. They will refer to real-world examples ripped from the headlines.

BIO: Erik Lioy is a FORVIS, LLP* partner and a member of FORVIS’ Forensics and Valuation practice. Prior to joining FORVIS, Erik spent more than 15 years with an international accounting firm where he served in national and global leadership roles. He has also held senior financial management positions with companies in the technology and construction sectors.   Erik’s work in business disputes and litigation includes serving as an expert witness, serving as a consulting expert. Erik’s experience also includes leading board and internal investigations of alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), False Claims Act (FCA), Physician Self-Referral Law (Stark), Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS), Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) financial reporting standards, as well as general fraud statutes. His investigations have led to financial restatements, settlements with regulators, criminal convictions, and successful recovery of losses from insurance carriers and perpetrators.

Erik speaks regularly to various professional organizations including presenting at the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Global Fraud Conference in 2021 and 2022. He has been quoted in the New Yorker, Charlotte Business Journal and Accounting Today. He serves on the advisory board for the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences at University of New Haven and served on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ COVID-19 Damages Task Force. Erik is also a recipient of the Dr. D. Larry Crumbley Award for Outstanding Service by Pfeiffer University in connection with developing and teaching a master’s level class on forensic accounting. Erik earned an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Duquesne University.

Sean Sarsfield is a Director with FORVIS’ Forensics & Valuation Services division, and leads its Houston forensics practice, providing forensic accounting, fraud investigation, business valuation, and litigation support services. In addition to being a CPA, Sean has the following accreditations: CVA (Certified Valuation Analyst), CFF (Certified in Financial Forensics), and CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner).  For over twenty-one years Sean has provided advice to attorneys, executives, and shareholders to assist them throughout the dispute process. He has extensive experience guiding his clients through the duration of the legal process, from initial fact gathering and discovery through arbitration, mediation, and trial. This includes preparation for the deposition of fact and opposing expert witnesses, providing opinions through expert witness reports and testimony, and assistance with trial preparation. Sean also provides fraud detection and forensic accounting services for the investigation of allegations of embezzlement, misappropriation of assets, financial reporting fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty.   Sean has determined economic damages and lost profits in various types of disputes, including breach of contract cases, business torts, and intellectual property disputes. He also provides guidance in regards to business interruption claims and assisted one of the largest Oil & Gas companies in the world in their defense of tens of thousands of economic damage claims.   Sean has presented to attorneys, CPAs, and other professionals on various topics including forensic accounting and fraud investigation, business interruption, and the quantification of economic damages. Currently, he serves on the “Forensic, Litigation and Valuation Services” committee for the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

October 6 @ 10:55  -11:55  US Central Time  Darren Schlosser

TITLE: Vehicle Finance Fraud & Dealership Networks in Houston

DESCRIPTION:   Sgt. Darren Schlosser of the Houston Police Department will be discussing vehicle finance fraud in Houston.  Fraudsters use synthetic and stolen identifies to attempt to secure financing and vehicles from dealerships in the Houston area.   Sgt. Schlosser has pioneered a comprehensive technique including data analytics, communication networks with dealerships, financial institutions, the media, and the community to fight fraud and protect consumers in the Houston area. 

BIO: Darren Schlosser is the sergeant of the Auto Theft Division -Vehicle Fraud Unit at the Houston Police Department. He is a member of the Texas Association of Auto Theft Investigators and the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators. Additionally, he teaches law enforcement and industry stakeholders across the nation about vehicle finance fraud. Schlosser received an Associates of Applied Science in Computer Drafting from San Jacinto College.

 Session 4

Breakout 1: October 6 @ 1:00 PM – 2:40 PM Central Time  Gabriella Marshall

TITLE: Why are my Insurance premiums increasing??

DESCRIPTION:  This presentation will address the costs of insurance fraud, the types of insurance fraud that are prevalent in the Houston area, and the specific relationship between litigation and fraud in auto and trucking accidents.  Staged accidents, collusion between attorneys and medical providers to commit fraud in Texas and in the Houston area will be explained.   We will also discuss how insurance carriers fight fraud on behalf of their policyholders.

BIO:  Gabriella Marshall is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Fraud Insurance Investigator.  She was the 2021 Investigator of the year for the International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU).  Gabriella has been a fraud investigator for 27 years, most recently with Nationwide Insurance and before that with Hewlett-Packard, AIG, and the State of Texas Medicaid OIG.  She is also the president of the Houston Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and has served on the board of the Texas Association of Special Investigation Units.  When not investigating fraud or serving the Houston ACFE, Gabriella serves her church community and also has a passion for special education advocacy persons with disabilities, for the hearing impaired, and for persons with attention deficit disorder.  Gabriella is a graduate of Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, in Washington DC.

Breakout 2: October 6 @ 1:00 PM – 2:40 PM Central Time  Jovita Nsoh

TITLE: Cybersecurity Workshop: Cybercriminals, Tools, Exploits, and Incident Handling

DESCRIPTION:  This presentation will equip participants with the knowledge and hands-on experience to understand, identify, and respond to threats posed by cybercriminals, emphasizing Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) and their Tactics , Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs).

BIO: Dr. Jovita Nsoh ['Soh] has over 26 years of progressive experience executing key technology strategies and leading large, distributed cross-functional teams using agile software development methodologies. In addition, Dr. Nsoh has a deep understanding and technical expertise in complex technology deployments, digital transformation, and technology insights for various industries, public sector (civilian, defense, & intelligence community), emphasizing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Artificial Intelligence, cybersecurity issues related to critical infrastructures such as energy, water, autonomous systems, and the intelligent supply chain. His research interests include security for emerging trends and technologies such as Industrie 4.0/5.0, 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), neural networks, and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Dr. Nsoh was previously the Vice President of cybersecurity at JPMorgan Chase Bank North America. He was previously the Regional CTO in Microsoft's public sector team for the Americas. In that capacity, he was directly involved in high-profile cybersecurity and transformational projects. Working across multiple countries and cultures, Dr. Nsoh and his team led projects that digitally transformed companies, governments, and municipalities. Dr. Nsoh was also recently the Director of Risk Intelligence and Compliance at Microsoft's Cyber Defense and Industrial network team, where he focused on protecting Microsoft's critical OT infrastructure. His professional career also landed him high-profile roles at Verizon Communications, ConocoPhillips, and HPE, amongst others.

 Session 5

October 6 @ 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Central Time Allen Mitchell

TITLE: Business Email Compromise – A vendor’s email system has been compromised. What now?

DESCRIPTION: A vendor’s email system was compromised exposing a Fortune 500 company to a potential loss of $7 million.  This presentation looks at the points of failure within the engaged companies and a multinational bank. We’ll look at steps taken to contain the damage and changes made to the operational and internal control environment.  We’ll also look at the impact of Federal law enforcement and issues considered when dealing with the vendor and the bank.

BIO: Allen Mitchell, Certified Fraud Examiner, recently retired from Waste Management as Security Director.   He was responsible for investigations into fraud as well as violations of Corporate, ethical and compliance standards. He co-developed and was a member of the company’s International compliance committee. Prior to his career with WM, he was a Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI.  The FBI recruited him from Aetna where he was an internal auditor.  While with the FBI he was responsible for numerous complex organized crime and white-collar crime investigations including the failure of financial institutions. His work at WM was notable for collaboration with WM’s Finance department to identify and correct underlying process failures including internal controls, resolve the failings and recommend enhancements.

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