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ACCA USA and Pace University hosting cybercrime symposium

Feb 25, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

By Davis Janowski

For advisers with an interest in the world of cybercrime — and who want to be better prepared — Pace University in New York is hosting “Cybercrime in the World Today 2013”.

The U.S. arm of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants is behind this two-hour symposium and panel discussion, which is being held this Thurs. (Feb. 28) at Pace University's lower Manhattan campus (east of City Hall and six blocks from Wall Street).

It will appeal most to advisers here in Manhattan or those coming to town anyway for something else.

I know, based on two recent speaking engagements, that advisers are indeed very interested in the subject matter, especially how it relates to their own work and interactions with clients.

My friends and fellow writers on all things advisory tech-related, Joel Bruckenstein (@FinTechie and and Bill Winterberg (@BillWinterberg and each delivered excellent and extremely well-attended presentations on security at TD Ameritrade Institutional's national conference last month. In turn we consolidated those presentations at Joel's T3 conference a few weeks ago.

They covered everything from keeping your own WiFi network secure, to avoiding security breaches while using the WiFi networks of others, cloud computing and picking the most secure third-party storage vendors among many other security-related areas and issues.

Bill will be presenting “The Mobile Adviser: Everything financial advisers need to know to be safe, connected, and productive in the Mobile Age,” which I think should incorporate some of the best bits from his previous presentations, at the upcoming FPA Business Solutions 2013 conference in Chicago on March 7-9.

As regards the Pace U. symposium details, check out what follows, most of it directly from the Pace University press release.

Stephen J. Friedman, Pace University President, will provide opening remarks and the panel will be introduced by Cyrus Vance Jr., Manhattan District Attorney. Paul Mahon, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service New York Field Office, will serve as moderator.

Panelists include Helen Brand, CEO, ACCA; Kelly Bissell, Principal, Information and Technology Risk Management and Global Incident Response, Deloitte & Touche LLP; Darren Hayes, DPS, Computer Information Systems Program Chair, Pace University; Joseph D. Leonard, Officer, Technology Services Group, Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Christopher Novak, Managing Principal and Co-founder, Verizon Business Investigative Response Unit; and David Szuchman, Executive Assistant District Attorney, Chief of the Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau and Investigative Division.

ACCA has commissioned Pace to conduct original research in the specialized area of skimmer fraud in order to provide business leaders and law enforcement officials with a clearer understanding of the technologies, methods and origins behind this widespread form of cybercrime.

The “Cybercrime in the World Today 2013” event will be held on Thurs., Feb. 28 at Pace's Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, located at 3 Spruce Lower Manhattan, from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.

If you have questions contact Bill Caldwell, 212-346-1597,


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