ACCA USA, the U.S. arm of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, and Pace University convened the second annual cybercrime symposium and panel discussion on April 3.
“As our world becomes more connected than ever before, the threat of cybercrime has become a reality for far too many businesses, governments and individuals,” Warner Johnston, the head of ACCA USA, said. “Stronger connectivity yields greater risks of fraud, theft and abuse, and ACCA is taking a leading role in promoting cybersecurity awareness among its members and the general public.”
The event, dubbed “Cybercrime in the World Today 2014: Emerging Threats” and held at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, was attended by hundreds of business and law enforcement professionals, academics, students, media and members of the public.
“No question that cybercrime is one of the biggest threats to our nation’s security,” Judge Robert G. M. Keating, Pace’s vice president for strategic initiatives, said. “As opportunity grows, it will only get worse.”
Panelists at the event warned that the cybercrime portrait will get worse before it improves and that the weakest part of any security program is people.
“This is definitely a partnership. The FBI needs to work very closely with corporate America to develop a program where you feel comfortable with your own employees,” Charles F. Gilgen, a supervisory special agent for the FBI, said. “The folks in your companies who are going to be traveling overseas to other companies are vulnerable to people trying to steal trade secrets from you.”