3,000 attendees from around the world were in San Antonio for the latest in anti-fraud education, networking opportunities and more. Share the excitement of the 25th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference with the highlights, videos, photos and news from the event.
Brian Krebs, author of KrebsOnSecurity, did not become a cybercrime expert overnight. As his website says, he wasn’t trained in computer security and actually stumbled upon the field by accident. It wasn’t until the former Washington Post reporter fell victim to Chinese hackers taking over his entire home network in 2001 that he found his true calling. As he writes, “It’s an obsession that hasn’t let up.”
“Much of my knowledge about computers and Internet security comes from having cultivated regular and direct access to some of the smartest and most clueful geeks on the planet,” Krebs said. “The rest I think probably comes from a willingness to take risks, make mistakes and learn from them.”
You probably know Krebs as the guy who first discovered and reported on the Target and Home Depot data breaches. He was also the first to break the Neiman Marcus, Michael’s, Jimmy Johns and Kmart breaches, as well as Heartland — the largest single data breach to date.
Before he began his work as the modern-day cyber Shaft, Krebs worked as a reporter for The Washington Post from 1995 to 2009, authoring blog posts for the Security Fix blog, as well as hundreds of stories for WashingtonPost.com and The Washington Post newspaper. He achieved notoriety investigating cybercriminals’ illicit activities, uncovering massive data breaches and the theft of consumers’ personal and financial information. Krebs was the first journalist to report on the malware that would later become known as Stuxnet.
So, how does he know about data breaches before the companies that are being breached do? How does he stay one step ahead? Don’t worry; I’m not going to tell you to come to our 26th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference in Baltimore, Md., June 14-19, 2015, if you want to find out. But I will give you hints. He is passionate about his work, he knows how to follow an online trail and he stays one step ahead of the guys working night and day to steal another corporation’s customer data.
In addition to speaking at next year’s ACFE Global Fraud Conference, Krebs will also be accepting the ACFE’s Guardian Award. The award is given annually to a journalist “whose determination, perseverance, and commitment to the truth have contributed significantly to the fight against fraud.”
Read more about Krebs and follow his next discoveries at KrebsOnSecurity.com and check back regularly on FraudConference.com to get the latest conference updates. Also, be sure to keep your eyes open for Krebs' new book, Spam Nation, scheduled to come out November 18.
Tom Noonan, President and CEO of Visit Baltimore offers a warm welcome and good advice to attendees of the ACFE Global Fraud Conference.
We are thrilled to welcome you to Baltimore for the 26th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference. Whether you feast on steamed crabs, stroll through our diverse neighborhoods, take a boat cruise through the Inner Harbor, or catch an Orioles game at Camden Yards, we hope that your visit will be successful and enjoyable.
Here in Baltimore we are known for our beautiful Inner Harbor, distinct neighborhoods, unique museums and the best seafood on the East Coast. Baltimore is one of America’s oldest cities and boasts a rich history that can be explored by visiting our various historical attractions, such as Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, the birthplace of our national anthem.
The Baltimore Convention Center is conveniently located a short walk away from the Inner Harbor, the heart of the city. The free Charm City Circulator bus can also take you to Baltimore’s various neighborhoods, including the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill, Mount Vernon and Fell’s Point. These neighborhoods can also be discovered and explored easily by foot.
Among the newest attractions to visit are the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, Baltimore’s first and only state-of-the-art casino, and the Black Tip Reef and new Living Seashore exhibit at the National Aquarium, where you will encounter two large touch pools and come face-to-face with sea creatures.
We also invite you to visit our world-class museums, including the American Visionary Art Museum, the nation’s only art museum dedicated to untrained visionary artists, the B&O Railroad Museum, or the Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art; both of which offer free general admission.
Exploring our city will no doubt work up your appetite. Some of our culinary highlights include the Little Italy neighborhood, fine dining in Harbor East, seafood in the Inner Harbor, or farm-to-table fare in Hampden. One particular menu item you do not want to miss while you are in Baltimore is the Maryland Blue Crab – we even have a section on our website devoted to finding the best crab restaurants in the city.
Don’t forget to show your badge! Many participating restaurants and attractions are providing special offers for ACFE Global Fraud Conference attendees. Best wishes for a productive meeting and an enjoyable visit to Baltimore. Be sure to visit Baltimore.org to plan your trip and discover all that our city has to offer.
Many people do not realize that each year we get 100 percent of our conference concurrent speakers via proposals submitted through our online call for speakers. This is as true for the ACFE Global Fraud Conference as it is for our other regional conferences. Fundamentally we fill close to 120 speaking spots every year from the topics we receive online.
That said, we do get close to - if not more than - 500 proposals a year for those 120 spots. They come from members and non-members all over the world, and from experts in a variety of roles. We feature popular speakers from the past and introduce new speakers to our event, some even speaking for the first time.
There are no strict requirements for how the conference program is put together from these proposals but the formula for close consideration is simple: subject matter experts who are well-versed in their discipline with an advanced topic and able speak to our large group with confidence and professionalism. The last part happens on-site; the first we see in the quality of the proposal as submitted.
I encourage everyone to submit a proposal. Yes, there are disappointments in not being selected; I have had to turn away some quality topics and suggestions, as there are a limited number of spaces to fill. But I do encourage everyone to try and contribute to the professional advancement of their peers and fellow anti-fraud professionals.
I can guarantee only one thing. If you do not submit a topic, you will most definitely not speak at the conference. How will you know if you never try? Proposals must be submitted by November 1 for the 26th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference.
The official website of the ACFE Global Fraud Conference has a brand new look. As we look forward to next year’s event, we have updated the website design with more streamlined and mobile-friendly style, making it easier for you to find the information you need.
Currently, the website offers information on travel and registration packages, as well as highlights from previous conferences. Additional information will be added as details for the 26th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference in Baltimore are confirmed. Check back soon for this year’s keynote speakers plus Pre- and Post- Conference session descriptions.
Explore the new site at FraudConference.com!
I think the ACFE has embraced the international flavor in its membership, which is very important because when you're involved in investigations, some of them may take you across borders."
— Malcolm B. Reid, CFE, CPP, MBCI, CBCP, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Chapter
Keynote Speaker, Martin Kenney.
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