Escalating Cyber Threats to U.S. Financial System Conference – In person and virtual

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Escalating Cyber Threats to the U.S Financial System: Time to Think Outside the Box Conference – Offered in person and virtually

May 4, 2023, 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Eastern)

In-Person, Van Metre Hall, George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia and via Zoom Webinar

Join Mason’s Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE), the Financial Technology & Cybersecurity Center (Center), Mason’s School of Business, and a host of experts for an executive roundtable discussion on the cybersecurity challenges facing the financial services sector and the solutions that should be pursued.

The increasing number of cyber incursions demonstrates the vulnerabilities of digital technologies and an internet that was not created to be a secure network. There are options for overcoming these increasing vulnerabilities and protecting the financial system. Hear experts discuss current and upcoming issues in cybersecurity and the financial system including:


  • Financial system innovation and challenges of cybersecurity
  • Geopolitics and national motivations for financial system innovation and development
  • Crime and criminal enterprises and the financial system
  • Role of multilateral institutions such as the IMF and World Bank
  • New web concepts to decentralize and segregate financial system critical infrastructure
  • Government initiatives to work with private industry
  • More secure software, hardware and systems
  • The path to global consensus
  • The cybersecurity alternatives that financial services companies are developing

Our faculty will be moderated by cybersecurity experts:

  • Dr. Jean-Pierre Auffret, George Mason University’s Director, Research Partnerships, School of Business; Director, Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE), College of Engineering & Computing
  • Thomas P. Vartanian, Executive Director of the Financial Technology & Cybersecurity Center

Dr. Ajay Vinzé, Dean of Mason’s School of Business, will provide opening remarks for the program
Brian Peretti, Director, Domestic and International Cyber Policy, Office of Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Treasury, will make Keynote Remarks

Cybersecurity Experts include:

Stewart Baker, Of Counsel, Steptoe
• Emily Beam, Senior Vice President, Cyber Risk Institute
• John Carlson, Vice President, Cybersecurity Regulation and Resilience
American Bankers Association
• Dr. Robert Coles, Head of Security Strategy, D S Smith, Former Chief Information Security Officer – Merrill Lynch, National Grid, GlaxoSmithKline
• Steve Crocker, CEO and co-founder, Shinkuro
• James Dever, Cofounder and Principal, Lockhaven Solutions LLC; formerly U.S. Air Force Professor of Cyber Warfare
• John Geiringer, Barack Ferrazzano Kirshbaum & Nagelberg LLP
• Adam Golodner, Managing Partner, AMG Global Cyber Law, PLLC, CEO, Vortex Strategic Consulting, Co-Chair, Trusted Future
• Murray Kenyon, Cybersecurity Partnership Executive, U.S. Bank
• Jenny Menna, Vice President, Threat Management and Response, Humana
• Lisa Quest, Partner, Co-Head of the Public Sector and Policy Practice, Europe, Oliver Wyman, Co-author, Digital Trust: How Banks Can Secure Our Digital Identity;
Joint Report with the International Banking Federation
• Craig Schwartz, Managing Director, fTLD Registry -.Bank
• Marilyn Smith, IT Consultant, Former Chief Information Officer – George Mason University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• Scott Volmar, CEO, Intercomputer Network Corp

More event information:
 There is no charge to attend the program either in person or via webinar.
 Please feel free to share this invitation with your colleagues.

Hosted by

George Mason University‘s Center for Assurance Research and Engineering, Financial Technology & Cybersecurity Center and the School of Business

Mason’s College of Engineering and Computing hosts the Center for Assurance Research & Engineering Center (CARE). CARE’s multidisciplinary approach to cybersecurity encompasses the fields of technology, policy, business and leadership. Through partnerships with government and private industry, innovative research is translated into practices and policies used in real-world settings. Research includes security for distributed systems, mobile apps/devices, industrial control systems, and new technologies such as networked medical devices, as well as policies development for securing critical infrastructure and guidance for cybersecurity leadership/governance. For more information, please visit

The Financial Technology & Cybersecurity Center is a nonprofit organization that brings together financial services professionals, regulators, trade association representatives, consumer group representatives, counsel and advisors to discuss, debate, and advocate in regard to financial technology and cybersecurity issues and their regulation. For more information about the Center and to sign up to hear about future events and projects visit

For questions regarding the program, please contact Dr. JP Auffret at or Phone at 703-993-5641 or Robert Ledig, FTCC Managing Director at