How to protect yourself from Cybercrime

We constantly hear about cybercrime in the news, but do you have the knowledge to protect yourself from it? 

In this talk, information security expert Dr. Carrie Gates will cover the clues that can alert you to something being a scam, along with some of the common types of attacks, such as phishing, smishing and vishing.

Dr. Gates joined Bank of America in October 2018 as a senior vice president in global information security. She has established a research program, working in partnership with universities, to pursue longer-term, higher-risk research in the security space that has the potential to improve the bank’s security posture. Her current portfolio includes broad investigations into audio deep fakes, misinformation, smishing, and adversarial machine learning.

Previously, Gates has worked at a start-up as a distinguished engineer for both Dell and CA Technologies, and with CERT at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to starting her research career, she was the systems manager for the Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University in Canada. She has more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and has been awarded more than 20 patents in the computer and network security field.


Gerald Anthony Harris


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Carrie Gates

Senior Vice President, Bank of America

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Gerald Harris

President, Quantum Planning Group; Chair, Technology & Society Member-led Forum, and Member, Board of Governors, The Commonwealth Club of California—Moderator