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The world isn't simple anymore, and on the Walden Pond podcast, your host anti-fraud expert Vince Walden is talking to experts about the technology and compliance trends you need to know about to keep your compliance and fraud detection programs relevant. If you're looking for insights that are practical, timely and innovative... Welcome to the Pond.

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The world isn't simple anymore, and on the Walden Pond podcast, your host anti-fraud expert Vince Walden is talking to experts about the technology and compliance trends you need to know about to keep your compliance and fraud detection programs relevant. If you're looking for insights that are practical, timely and innovative... Welcome to the Pond.

    Insights into the 2022 ACFE Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud with Andi McNeal

    Insights into the 2022 ACFE Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud with Andi McNeal

    Andi McNeal is Vice President of Research with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, a membership association serving more than 90,000 anti-fraud professionals globally. As a CFE, she specializes in fraud prevention, detection and investigation, education and training, research and analysis, corporate culture and leadership, and association management. Andi discusses the ACFE’s 2022 Report to the Nations and its insights on occupational fraud. Download the report here!

    The ACFE’s study focuses on occupational fraud, Andi shares. They were not attempting to get a snapshot of every type of fraud that occurs - only cases perpetrated by employees against the organizations they worked for, specifically between 2020 and 2021. In the 2100 cases they observed, over $3.6 billion was calculated in losses, which is just a small portion of the fraud committed globally. Fraud isn’t an accounting problem, it’s a human problem. 

    Resources
    Andi McNeal on LinkedIn 

    To learn more, and contact Vincent Walden, please visit Alvarez and Marsal

    • 10 min
    Fraud Triangle Analytics Monitoring Using Keystroke Data with Marta Cadavid

    Fraud Triangle Analytics Monitoring Using Keystroke Data with Marta Cadavid

    Marta Cadavid is co-founder and CEO at NoFraud, an organization dedicated to fighting fraud by using technology to anticipate criminal behavior. NoFraud specializes in forensic audit, cybersecurity, and investigations of economic crimes. As a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), AML Anti-Money Laundering Certified Associate (AMLCA), Marta possesses valuable experience that sets her a cut above the rest. She is also Consultant and International Coach of Auditool. Marta discusses how fraud triangle theory can be used to improve fraud detection.

    Fraud, corruption, waste, corporate abuse and other misbehaviors destroy an organization’s value. They are the silent enemy that kills companies, Marta shares. This enemy was the driving force behind the conception of NoFraud; their goal was to be one step ahead of these misbehaviors. They now help corporations build value through the prediction, prevention, and detection of undesirable conduct at the workplace.

    According to Marta’s research, 15-25% of people are never involved in unethical actions. Unfortunately, the larger percentage of people are prone to behaving according to the moment. NoFraud combines fraud triangle theory with artificial intelligence, data analytics and semantics to monitor patterns of keystrokes or communications from an individual. 

    Resources
    Marta Cadavid on LinkedIn
    Email: marta.cadavid.a@gmail.com 
    NoFraud.la | MartaCadavid.com

    To learn more, and contact Vincent Walden, please visit Alvarez and Marsal

    • 14 min
    The Center for Audit Quality – How They Team with Compliance

    The Center for Audit Quality – How They Team with Compliance

    Margot Cella is a research and public policy analyst, and Vice President of Research and Anti-Fraud Initiatives at the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ). The CAQ is dedicated to enhancing investor confidence and public trust in the global capital markets. Margot shares how the CAQ is intersecting the accounting and legal compliance professions to improve corporate culture and financial reporting.

    The CAQ was founded post-Sarbanes-Oxley era by the largest accounting firms, who thought it was necessary to have an organization to serve as the voice of the profession. As a non-partisan, public policy organization, the CAQ frequently works with the PCAOB and the SEC. A notable initiative they carry out is convening capital market stakeholders to advance the discussions of critical issues affecting either audit quality or public company reporting.[4:08]

    One thing that should be recognized is that professionals in finance are skilled with data, processes and controls. They are always innovating ways to build systems that detect or monitor enterprise and fraud risks, and raise a red flag when something goes beyond what should be a normal transaction or activity. Compliance professionals should be part of these conversations, as their work is impacted by these systems.
     
    Resources
    Margot Cella on LinkedIn
    AntiFraudCollaboration.org

    To learn more, and contact Vincent Walden, please visit Alvarez and Marsal 

    • 16 min
    Responsible Innovation in Crypto and Compliance

    Responsible Innovation in Crypto and Compliance

    Malcolm Wright is the founder of InnoFi Advisory. As a former Chief Compliance Officer at a large cryptocurrency exchange, Malcolm now advises companies on ensuring responsible innovation in digital finance. All companies, and their compliance officers, need to be familiar with cryptocurrencies and the trend towards decentralized finance. Malcolm describes how current compliance concepts such as “Compliance by Design” and “Know Your Customer (KYC)” are still applicable in the crypto space and gives practical advice to legal and compliance professionals on how to navigate in the crypto future. 

    The year 2021 brought with it an explosion of different non-fungible tokens (NFTs) used for funding projects of all shapes and sizes, which often happens in decentralized finance where the whole ecosystem is run by smart contracts - automated contracts driven by code. Having an NFT is basically a digital certificate of provenance. The emergence of these NFTs and their uses has heralded the creator economy, and will revolutionize the way culture, finance, and our societies work.

    For the last few years in crypto, there has been significant focus on centralized exchanges and custodians, but recently focus has shifted towards other areas of risk. At InnoFi, they consider how risks can present themselves not only from an anti-money-laundering perspective, but also a consumer protection perspective. 

    Resources
    Malcolm Wright on LinkedIn

    To learn more, and contact Vincent Walden, please visit Alvarez and Marsal 

    • 16 min
    Data-Driven Assurance with Johnson & Johnson's Chian Boen

    Data-Driven Assurance with Johnson & Johnson's Chian Boen

    Chian Boen is Senior Manager with Johnson & Johnson’s Global Audit & Assurance Group. He is experienced in government and AML investigations, law enforcement, and forensic accounting. He joins Vince Walden to discuss Johnson & Johnson’s strategy for data-driven assurance.

    Two of the things Chian relies the most on to help him conduct anti-corruption audits and investigations are his team and heavy analytics. If you’re not using certain analytics tools, such as Tableau data visualization, you’re not leveraging as much as you can in terms of investigations. As for investigations, while it is always great to have face-to-face conversations, software like Zoom and Microsoft make things more flexible, as you can use resources on-screen to help you identify body language tells. 

    The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated innovation and technology, Vince says. People were forced to adapt and improve in such a short time that everything progressed at a much faster pace than it would have otherwise.

    • 11 min
    Is a Master’s Degree In Compliance On Your Radar? - with Bob Mascola

    Is a Master’s Degree In Compliance On Your Radar? - with Bob Mascola

    Bob Mascola is a global legal and compliance executive and educator. He is Senior Director of the Program on Corporate Ethics and Compliance at Fordham University School of Law, as well as Senior Counsel at Compliance Systems Legal Group. He joins Vince Walden to discuss compliance from an academic perspective. 

    Fordham University’s program on Corporate Ethics and Compliance is a 30 credit Master’s degree program full of students from different professional backgrounds. Most of the students are working professionals, so they bring real-life experience and insights to enrich classroom discussions. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of each student, regardless of how diverse their specialties are.

    The program is helpful in equipping students to add value to the organizations that they're with. In addition to acquiring knowledge about different regulatory frameworks, it teaches skills like legal research, risk assessment, technology training, communications memo writing, and how to conduct investigations. 

    Being familiar enough with data to work with it is essential for future success in compliance. The DOJ and other enforcement authorities are raising their expectations of companies regarding the use of data analytics. If you want to show that you are leading industry expectations, you've got to be the best in data analytics.

    Resources
    Bob Mascola on LinkedIn | Twitter 

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