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Fraud Update (CPE)!

May 10, 2018: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Bravo Cucina Italiana: 1 Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga, NY 14225

Join us for an exciting Fraud update from Mike McCartney of AvalonCyber!   There will be tons of excellent food, great networking, and a fascinating subject of cybersecurity and how it affects all of us and our clients!

Cyber security and the threat of a breach are growing concerns for any organization that handles sensitive client information. This course is built around the premise of educating professionals on current threats and trends, how to comply with the new DFS regulations and other standards, and the legal notification obligations in the data breach process.  There will also be some discuss on the insider threat to theft of Corporate data and the types of frauds that can occur within an organization.

Qualifies for CPE!!! 

Michael McCartney: President of Avalon Cyber

Michael McCartney is the President of Avalon Cyber and is a highly decorated, 22-year veteran member of the law enforcement community having served as an Assistant Chief Investigator for the New York State Attorney General’s Office (NYSAG) as well as five years with the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Western District of New York. Mike was the co-founder and president of DIGITS LLC, a cyber security and digital forensics company that merged with Avalon in 2016. He is an internationally known expert in Computer Crime Investigations and Computer Forensics and has worked on some the nation’s largest cyber-crime investigations.

Beginning in the mid 1990’s, Mr. McCartney initiated and established the Computer Forensic Unit and authored law enforcement evidence-processing standards for the NYSAG. Mr. McCartney also established several covert and undercover electronic evidence collection procedures which are still used as the standard today by law enforcement. Mr. McCartney was also one of the original founders of the Western New York Regional Computer Forensic Lab and authored its original policies and procedures for evidence handling and processing.

Mr. McCartney has been responsible for investigating several complex, high profile, national and international computer crime cases ranging from unauthorized computer intrusion, theft of intellectual property, white collar crimes, securities fraud, investor protection, and narcotics, to child pornography. Mr. McCartney was responsible for one of the largest national undercover internet investigations which netted over 200 arrests and convictions as well as coordinating a complex international take down of a group of organized law breakers.  In this role and after the terror attacks of 9-11, he was assigned as a task force officer (TFO) for the FBI and investigated numerous critical infrastructure and national security matters for our Government.

Michael has served as a board member and committee chair member on numerous national and international panels overseeing high technology crime and computer forensic policy including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Electronic Crime Partnership Initiative (ECPI).  Michael is the past President of the High Technology Crime Investigators Association (HTCIA) Northeast Chapter, and currently serves the HTCIA International Executive Committee as a Co-Chair of the International Conference.  Michael is the past board member of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) Buffalo.

He has lectured extensively throughout the United States to federal, state and local law enforcement as well as the American Bar Association, District Attorneys Associations and the National Association of Attorneys General and numerous trade and professional organizations including AICPA, NYSSCPA, and IIA.  He has written several publications that have been published nationally as well as regularly interviewed by numerous media and print organizations.

Mr. McCartney also served as an Adjunct Professor at Hilbert College, teaching Network Security and Computer Forensics. Mr. McCartney holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Canisius College and is a graduate from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Management Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.  Learn more about Mike here!


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