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2021 IT Fraud Conference

November 18 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm EST

$10 GWDC Members, $80 Non-GWDC Members

Join us on November 18th at our 2021 IT Fraud Conference. The opportunity and incentive to commit fraud on information technology systems has grown.  Incidents of information technology being maliciously exploited reduce confidence and trust in the attacked organization’s security and operations.  In November 2020, Cybersecurity Ventures estimates global cybercrime to cost $10.5 trillion annually by 2025.  This amount represents half of the United States' 2019 nominal GDP of $21.5 trillion. 

As part of the International Fraud Awareness Week, ISACA Greater Washington DC and the Washington Metro Association of Certified Fraud Examiners are partnering to host the 2021 IT Fraud Conference.

Who Should Attend?
Fraud and cybersecurity professionals, IT advisory or audit professionals, Business executives, students or professionals interested in learning more about IT fraud.


  • 0830-0930:  Transparency into $5 Trillion: How the PRAC Protects Pandemic Relief Funds
  • 0930-1030:  Combating Social Security Fraud
  • 1030-1130:  Insider Threat: A New Type of IT Fraud
  • 1130-1230:  Identity Theft and Tax Schemes

Thursday; November 18, 2021 @ 0830 to 1230 EDT

Four (4) NASBA CPE credits

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Transparency into $5 Trillion: How the PRAC Protects Pandemic Relief Funds
Presented by Sarah Dendas, Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC)

The PRAC’s Pandemic Analytics Center of Excellence, or PACE, was established to provide a leading-edge analytic platform to oversee more than $5 trillion in pandemic-related emergency spending. With $5 trillion to oversee, advanced analytics is a critical part of the one-government approach to combatting the widespread fraud reported across multiple relief programs. The PRAC has developed innovative scoring models to review spending and zero in on areas of greatest concern. It is leveraging robotic process automation to cover more ground quickly and target the focus of auditors and investigators. It is using Natural Language Processing to parse through the narrative in hotline fraud complaints. And as a shared service platform it is actively sharing the code and models it develops with other OIGs to promote leading practices and avoid duplicative development efforts.

Combating Social Security Fraud
Presented by Matt Fischer, Social Security Administration (SSA)

For the better part of a decade, Americans’ landlines and mobile phones have been plagued by callers impersonating government agencies, in an effort to mislead victims into giving them personal information or money. In the fall of 2018, the Social Security Administration (SSA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) experienced an increase in complaints about callers impersonating Social Security employees or alleging a Social Security number problem. Matt Fischer will discuss SSA OIG’s three-pronged approach to combatting Social Security-related phone scams, with a focus on how data and analysis, coupled with strategic public-private partnerships, can be used to successfully counter scam efforts.

Insider Threat: A New Type of IT Fraud
Presented by Terrence Lillard, NTT

As cyber threats continue to grow in number, the threats are also becoming more sophisticated. Attackers are using multiple attack points (vectors) in your systems and networks and hijacking users’ credentials continuously. A new type of attack targets insiders. To address this new generation of cyber insider threat requires a defined set of skills, foreknowledge, security controls, and most importantly a framework. In today’s environment, very few insider threats frameworks are available that are effective monitoring and detecting IT Fraud. While many security controls may detect some malicious activity, insider threats are like finding a needle in the haystack because the insider threats are permitted and bypass many security controls, and do not accurately characterize user behavior. As a result, organizations are not able to prevent and/or detect many insider threats until after the fact.

This presentation will commence with an overview of insider threat models, discuss different types of insider threats, and provide an effective approach for monitoring and detecting unusual user behavior. With an insider threat modeling framework, attendees of this session will learn how to analyze insider threat for IT Fraud and understand how security controls can be used within their existing cybersecurity infrastructure and by their existing cybersecurity personnel.

Identity Theft and Tax Schemes
Presented by Anika Pompey, Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

According to the IRS, "tax-related identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information to commit tax fraud. Your taxes can be affected if your Social Security number is used to file a fraudulent return or to claim a refund or credit."  During this session, Anika Pompey will discuss identity theft and tax schemes, how to identity and protect yourself against business and individual identity theft, and steps to take if an individual or business becomes the victim of tax-related identity theft.  In addition, Anika Pompey will also discuss the 2021 Dirty Dozen Tax Schemes.



Sara Dendas
Deputy Chief Data Officer, Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC)

Deputy Chief Data Officer, Ms. Dendas has more than 13 years of combined experience in fraud analysis, investigative support, financial crime investigations, and fraud risk management for government agencies and the private industry. Prior to joining the PRAC in September 2020, she served as a Manager at Grant Thornton, and for more than 10 years successfully led engagement teams providing a variety of related consulting services across numerous federal agencies. Specifically, Ms. Dendas served as a fraud analyst at the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board where she detected instances of fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funds. Ms. Dendas has a BS in Finance with a Collateral in Accounting. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist through the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists.


Matt Fischer
Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge, Social Security Administration

Matt Fischer has worked for the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General in various roles since 2003 and is presently the Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge of the Analysis and Allegation Management Division. His duties include supervising the Intelligence and Analysis Team and leading the agency’s analytical fight against Social Security-related phone scams.


Terrence Lillard
Principal Digital Forensics and Incident Response Consultant, NTT Digital Forensics

Terrence Lillard is valuable principal member of the NTT Digital Forensics Incident Response Consulting team functioning as a cybercrime/cyber forensics expert and actively involved in computer, intrusion, and network forensics investigations. Mr. Lillard has published several digital forensics and incident response articles. Mr. Lillard has more than 25 years of experience building and managing complex secured enterprise solutions and security operations centers. This entails designing and implementing enterprise-wide security architectures for various fortune 500 clients and military, federal, state, and local government organizations. In addition, Mr. Lillard has years of experience as a trusted advisor providing information security, risk management and regulatory compliance services to executives in various sectors.


Anika Pompey
Senior Stakeholder Liaison, Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Anika Pompey is a Senior Stakeholder Liaison with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Washington, DC.  In this role, she is responsible for performing outreach and establishing relationships with tax practitioners, business and industry organizations, and other audiences for the purpose of sharing information about IRS policies, practices, and procedures.  Prior to becoming a Senior Stakeholder Liaison, Anika held the position of Tax Compliance Officer (TCO). In this role, she planned and conducted examinations of individual income tax returns. She was also responsible for educating taxpayers about tax law and tax-related accounting.  Anika held the position of TCO for nine years before becoming the frontline manager of a TCO group. Anika has also held the position of Contact Representative where she was responsible for assisting customers with their tax accounts. Overall, Anika’s IRS career spans more than 14 years.


Special Instructions:

  • Group Internet-Based. Zoom link delivered with registration.
  • Prior to the event, participants must install the Zoom app on their respective devices. Participants using the web-based Zoom or calling via the phone may not be entitled to CPE credits.
  • Participants must respond to all the poll questions via the Zoom polling feature or chat log in order to receive NASBA CPE credits.
  • ISACA Greater Washington, D.C. will not be responsible for the participant’s inability to respond to the polls.


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Earn up to 4 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits in the area of Information Technology. The ISACA® Greater Washington, D.C. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

CPE Distribution and Evaluation Survey:

CPEs will be distributed via e-mail along with the event evaluation survey after the completion of the event. Attendees must be present the full day and respond to polling questions to receive full CPE credit.

CPE-Related Details:

  • Prerequisites and Advance Preparation: None
  • Program Knowledge Level: Basic
  • Delivery Method:  Group Internet-based
  • Field of Study:  Information Technology - Technical

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November 18
8:30 am - 12:30 pm EST
$10 GWDC Members, $80 Non-GWDC Members


Jose Torres