Sessions

Wednesday, 27 March
Pre-Conference

4 CPE

The optional Pre-Conference workshop is a great way to open your conference experience and will give you the tools to gain the professional edge you need. This four-hour session provides a higher level of instruction and more practical skill development than a typical Main Conference session.

13:00-17:00h

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Pre-Conference: Taking Fraud Risk Assessment to the Next Level
Bethmara Kessler, CFE, CISA
Consultant, Advisor and ACFE Faculty Member

Organisations increasingly conduct fraud risk assessments to identify and evaluate where they are most at risk for fraud, but not all fraud risk assessments are created equal. When done correctly, they can serve as the foundation for a holistic and effective fraud risk management program. However, for some organisations, the fraud risk assessment is a one-time initiative that does little more than confirm what they already know. How can you elevate your fraud risk assessment to ensure it provides maximum value? In this session, you’ll learn how to improve the assessment process, expand the impact, and ultimately enhance the organisation’s anti-fraud culture.

Pre-Conference Sessions:

  • 13:00–14:10 - Fraud Risk Assessment Basics Recap
  • 14:25–15:35 - Taking Fraud Risk Assessment to the Next Level
  • 15:50–17:00 - Keeping Fraud Risk Assessment Evolving

You Will Learn How To:

  • Identify your fraud risk assessment maturity
  • Relate your fraud risk assessment to drive changes in thinking, behavior and impact
  • Determine how the fraud risk assessment process and outcomes can create ongoing value for your business

CPE: 4
Level: Intermediate
Recommended Prerequisites: Knowledge of the fundamental principles and processes involved in conducting fraud risk assessments
Field of Study: Auditing

Thursday, 28 March
Main Conference

16 CPE

In addition to notable keynote speakers, the Main Conference features two tracks covering current fraud issues, case studies and practical solutions. These sessions offer proven best practices and practical tips you can immediately incorporate into your anti-fraud programme.

09:00-10:15h

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Opening General Session: Fighting Corruption and Returning Stolen Assets: Global Challenges and How to Make at Least Some Inroads
Gretta Fenner
Managing Director, Basel Institute on Governance

Gretta Fenner will discuss key challenges encountered by law enforcement and companies in preventing and combating corruption and financial crimes, looking at this from the perspective of both developing countries and global financial centres. This session will be based on the experience of the Basel Institute on Governance in working with these stakeholders and will offer insights into a practitioner’s view on what would need to be changed politically, practically and legally, to make serious strides toward the reduction of financial crime.

CPE: 1.5
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge


10:35-11:50h

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2A: The Data Dilemma
Bethmara Kessler, CFE
Consultant, Advisor and ACFE Faculty Member

You often hear about the value of using data analytics in detecting fraud, but many organizations struggle with getting an effective program up and running. This session will explore the realities and myths surrounding fraud data analytics. You will learn pragmatic steps to get started with or advance your fraud-focused data analytic efforts. You will also learn how to get your team on board and overcome the typical challenges that stop data analytics programs in their tracks.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Set up a strategy and get your team on board with your fraud data analytics program
  • Compare creative ideas about how to overcome the data dilemma challenges that jeopardize success
  • Identify ways to win with the right projects and focus
  • Integrate data analytics into your fraud risk management program

CPE: 1.5
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Auditing

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2B: Social Engineering and Phishing: Future Cybercrime Challenges
Dominique C. Brack, CFE, CISSP, CISA
VP Strategy, Reputelligence

You can have the best technical security controls in the world, from the most expensive firewall to the most sophisticated biometric access control, but they will not protect you from social engineering attacks. This session will provide you with the skills to detect, defend against and assess social engineering attacks. You will learn the motivations and methods used by social engineers enabling you to better protect yourself and your organisation.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Assess social engineering threats and the evolution of social engineering
  • Recognize the legal and ethical aspects of social engineering
  • Identify countermeasures against social engineering attacks
  • Plan and evaluate security assessments
  • Promote vigilance and implement procedures to defeat deceptions

CPE: 1.5
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

11:50-13:30h

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General Session
Bruce Dorris, J.D., CFE, CPA
President and CEO, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

CPE: 2
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

13:40-14:55h

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4A: Improving Your Data Security and GDPR Compliance
Stephen Hill, Ph.D., MLPI, CIIP
Managing Director, Hill Bingham Ltd

Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report identified that 93% of cases took attackers minutes or less to compromise systems. Organisations, meanwhile, took weeks or more to discover that a breach had even occurred. The Online Trust Alliance discovered that 90% of data breaches could have been prevented using critical security best practices, as 29% were the result of employee error (intentional or accidental) due to a deficiency in internal controls.

Not only are organisations facing increasing challenges to safeguard their data, but pressure is on to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This new directive applies to all businesses and creates new guidelines and regulations to follow when handling and storing data. It is therefore crucial to ensure your business can comply; failure to do so can be costly.

High-profile data breaches including Sony, Yahoo and Uber are a wake-up call to organisations everywhere — so just how safe is your data? This session will demonstrate how to review the effectiveness of your data security safeguards and will focus on the GDPR and the significant changes that organisations need to adopt.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Identify how the digital environment is challenging data protection
  • Recognize data security risks and emerging threats including social media
  • Discern and assess GDPR best practices
  • Distinguish the six principles and new challenges set by the regulation.

CPE: 1.5
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

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4B: Challenges of Human Behaviour in Interviews
Sonja Stirnimann, CFE, Swiss CPA, eMBA
Chairwoman, Structuul AG

Understanding the power of human behaviour in interviews and report writing is key when you are charged with the interview process. Focusing on your team's biases and behaviors, as well as on the investigated parties, allows you to see the full picture.

This session will explore interviewing methods. You will learn to use the perspectives and tools from different disciplines like sociology, criminology, psychology, communication and finance to combine, establish and implement powerful best practices to improve your interviews.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Distinguish the key elements of human behavior for successful fraud prevention and investigations
  • Compare tools to reduce and eliminate personal and team biases during interviews to ensure objectivity
  • Identify best practices to inform your interviewing and fraud detection program

CPE: 1.5
Level: Intermediate
Recommended Prerequisites: Understanding of the investigations process and knowledge of fundamental interview techniques
Field of Study: Communications and Marketing

15:15-16:30h

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5A: Financial Crime Involving PEPs: How to Detect Money Laundering, Sanctions Violations and Corruption

Government officials, politicians and senior executives are the most common types of politically exposed persons (PEPs). Their access to state funds makes them a risk for corruption and other types of financial crime. Oftentimes, PEP involvement in business relationships is considered an auto-high-risk factor for financial institutions, corporations and regulators.

This session will provide insights into tools and methods used in money laundering, sanctions violations and corruption investigations, focusing on the identification and management of PEPs. It will also review the most common guidelines on PEPs, including those issued by the Wolfsberg Group and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). This session will also include practical and interactive case studies of both national and global relevance.

  • Relate international guidance on PEPs when investigating money laundering, sanctions violations and corruption
  • Recognize tools and methods to identify and manage PEPs adequately

CPE: 1.5
Level: Intermediate
Recommended Prerequisites: Knowledge and experience regarding the identification, management and monitoring of Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs)
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

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5B: Business Ethics in Action

This session will use interactive case studies to allow you to make practical ethical decisions. You will work with other session attendees to decide on answers. The case studies address key compliance and ethics risk areas including leadership, culture, reputation, fraud and security.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Relate day-to-day management challenges with practical integrity decisions
  • Distinguish the importance of integrity by promoting discussion and responsibility on strategy
  • Identify methods to foster transparency and discussion on ethics and fraud topics
  • Recognise the measurable competitive advantage of ethics in the international business environment

CPE: 1.5
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Behavioural Ethics

16:35-18:00h
Cocktail Reception
Friday, 29 March
09:00-10:15h

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General Session: The Dark Side of Digitalisation: Data as Friend and Foe in the Fight Against Cybercrime
Sir Rob Wainwright
Former Executive Director, Europol
Senior Cyber Partner, Deloitte

Security must become a vital part of your digital strategy. Improving intelligence and insight is key to creating the visibility necessary to support earlier detection and better prevention. Collaboration and intelligence sharing across industry is needed to gain better insights into the methods and motives of adversaries as a means of driving a better response. In this session, Sir Rob Wainwright, former Executive Director of Europol, shares his firsthand experience of harnessing knowledge and data to gain visibility and drive action in the fight against global threat actors. Organisations must connect more, to see more, to act better.

CPE: 1.5
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

10:35-11:50h

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7A: Case Studies on Cross-Border Fraud: Civil Asset Tracing and Private Criminal Prosecutions
Richard Trainer, CFE
Legal Director, Mishcon de Reya LLP


Gareth Minty, CFE
Legal Director, Mishcon de Reya LLP

This session will examine two fascinating case studies to raise your awareness of the legal tools available in the global asset-tracing armory. The first involves a $63 million claim against the former seventh richest man in the world, with asset-freezing and disclosure orders in shadowy jurisdictions coordinated by London lawyers. The second will demonstrate how victims of fraud can use private criminal prosecutions to recover assets.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Recall the post-investigation phases of tackling fraud
  • Identify the relatively novel deployment of a Certified Fraud Examiner as a factual witness in litigation
  • Recognize tools available to victims of fraud to trace and secure assets globally, and privately pursue the criminal route to recovery

CPE: 1.5
Level: Advanced
Recommended Prerequisites: Knowledge and experience of the post-investigation phase of the fraud cycle
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

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7B: Demystifying the Dark Web: Tactics, Techniques and Procedures
Costel Ion, CFE
Director - Principal Investigator, Deutsche Bank

Anonymization techniques and technologies enable people worldwide to securely communicate, but they are also utilized by fraudsters in their illegal endeavors. Due to its robust anonymity, the dark web has become more and more attractive to those who want to hide their identities and illicit activities. Fraud-as-a-Service (FaaS) is one of the multiple “as-a-service” models that thrive on the dark web, feeding the underground economy. In this session you will learn how this medium operates and how you can use open-source intelligence (OSINT) to obtain relevant intelligence about threats, trends and tools used to commit fraud.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Determine what the dark web is and how it is used for illicit purposes
  • Recognise how Tor (The Onion Router) works
  • Ascertain insider trading in underground forums and marketplaces
  • Identify dark web resources for investigations

CPE: 1.5
Level: Basic
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Information Technology

11:50-13:30h

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General Session

CPE: 2
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

13:40-14:55h

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9A: How to Create a Coordinated GDPR and Fraud Strategy
Chris Morecroft, CFE, CSOXP, CGRCP, CDPO
EU Data Protection Officer, Thomson Reuters

Within the European Union (EU), the processing of personal data is covered by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Most companies don't have a shortage of data, but it’s often stored in siloed systems or inconsistent formats. GDPR aims at guaranteeing the free flow of data within the EU and sets out a number of criteria for making data processing legitimate.

In this session, you will learn to identify what data you must protect, establish the rules and processes around access to, use of, and destruction of the data, and implement security controls to protect your information and respond to data breaches. Understanding the relationship between data breaches and identity fraud is crucial to leveraging the GDPR obligations of compliance to strengthen your fraud program.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Recognize your data universe
  • Identify the relationship between data breaches and identity fraud
  • Interpret recent data breaches and the potential effects on consumers, customers, clients and employees
  • Determine how to leverage GDPR in the fight against fraud

CPE: 1.5
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

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9B: Dos and Don’ts in Investigations
Cindy Hofmann, CFE, CA (SA)
Director, Forensics, KPMG AG

This interactive session is based on a fraud case example with discussion of the different considerations and emerging best practices for fraud examiners before, during and after an investigation. You will discuss best practices for the initial assessment, the fraud examination, and the reporting and follow up to support business continuity. Input and discussion from the participants are strongly encouraged.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Ascertain initial assessment steps to be made when an incident is reported
  • Identify considerations for securing evidence and data protection during an investigation
  • Recognise developments in technology and tools for investigations
  • Determine methods to facilitate business continuity

CPE: 1.5
Level: Intermediate
Recommended Prerequisites: Knowledge of and experience performing investigations
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

15:15–16:30h

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General Session
Dr. Alexander F. Wagner
Associate Professor of Finance, University of Zurich

CPE: 1.5
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Behavioral Ethics

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2019 ACFE Fraud Conference Europe