Amber Mac, TV/Radio Host, Internet of Things Expert at AmberMac Media, and keynote speaker at the upcoming 2017 ACFE Fraud Conference Canada in Toronto, October 29-November 1
What do you think is the No. 1 security risk that advancing technology poses?
I think the Internet of Things (IoT) attack surface is the biggest technology threat today. As Gartner points out, there will be 20 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020. However, unlike smartphones and computers, we're seeing thousands of newly released IoT gadgets every day from a myriad of suppliers. This means that security precautions are often bypassed in order to get to market more quickly. (Hear Amber discuss this even more in depth in her podcast interview at ACFE.com/podcast.)
How do you think fraud examiners could potentially use (and conversely fraudsters abuse) AI?
When we talk about artificial intelligence (AI), fraud examiners are more regularly using this technology to detect fraud (without even knowing it). For example, machine learning software (one application of AI) can now quickly and effectively determine accounting abnormalities. However, fraud attackers are also using early stage AI to commit fraud. If fact, most worrisome to me is video fraud. Many research institutions are already experimenting with algorithms that program a video to make a politician or business leader appear to say things that they did not. One can only imagine the issues with this as the technology gets into the wrong hands.
What are you most hoping attendees of the conference will take away from your presentation?
I really want attendees to leave my presentation with a much better understanding of the future of both the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence. It’s critical to recognize what’s happening in the market today and where things are heading in the next five to 10 years, so fraud examiners can properly prepare for the inevitable risks.
You are on the front lines of the latest and greatest technology out there, but what is one thing you still hold on to that is manual or traditional?
Strangely enough, I still write my research notes on a piece of paper or in a notebook. For me, it’s not that I don’t recognize the power of digital tools to simplify this process, but I use this practice as a memory tactic. It’s only upon writing with pen to paper that I can better recall facts and stats.
You can read more about Amber and register for the 2017 ACFE Fraud Conference Canada at FraudConference.com/Canada. Be sure to register by September 29 to save CAD 100!