Wednesday,  June 5   –  General Sessions
 9 a.m. 

Welcome & Introduction to Keynote Speaker
Jay Kaplan
, CEO, Synack

 9:05 – 9:30 a.m.

Considering the Costs of Cybercrime and What's at Stake
Jay Kaplan, CEO, Synack
News headlines on major cyber-attacks like Yahoo and Equifax focus on the amount of accounts hacked and data leaked. While media reporting gives the impression that cyber attackers are after big company data, the reality is that size doesn’t matter. The far more critical measurement is cost. As the primary motive of attackers is financial gain, the allure of an attack is the value of the data to the targeted company. The cost of a cyber breach is especially concerning for the gaming industry. Gaming has become increasingly lucrative, with an international market, growing digital attack surfaces, and the ability to process more cash transactions per minute than the world’s largest banks. These factors make the industry an irresistible target. A flaw in a gaming network could incite a host of cyber-attacks, leading to debilitating business downtime and devastating financial costs.

Jay Kaplan, CEO and co-founder of crowdsourced security company Synack will deliver this year’s IAGA Summit keynote address, and present an overview of financial cybercrime and the resulting costs. As the gaming industry continues to expand, it is essential that companies evaluate their internal controls, processes, and protocols – because they are being targeted as we speak.

 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Using AI and other leading edge technologies to minimize
and combat financial crime risks: fact versus fiction
Detecting, preventing and fighting financial crime is an ongoing, costly challenge facing all gaming industry operators, as the threats and challenges it must contend with have broadened extensively over the past decade. Casino operators are expected to have developed and implemented systems to monitor and identify potentially suspicious levels of play, yet many companies are still grappling with fully automating this type of surveillance. With technologies like artificial intelligence becoming faster and more adept at analyzing data to uncover fraudulent or nefarious activity, does AI represent the “holy grail” of financial crime prevention and detection, and if so, just how soon will it be cost effective for implementation. What other technologies can be incorporated into gaming operations to help protect operators from being used as conduits for financial crime? This panel of financial crime experts will discuss these topics and more.

Moderated  by Vasilios Chrisos, a Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Financial Crimes Unit, the panelists include:

  • David Behar, Special Agent, United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
  • Fiona Davies, Global Head of Gaming and FX, Acuris Risk Intelligence
  • Jonathan Lopez, Partner, Orrick
  • Anna Sainsbury, Chairman, GeoComply
10:30 – 11 a.m. Networking Break

11 a.m.– 12 p

The latest in cybersecurity and data privacy issues
According to EY’s 2018 Global Banking Outlook, enhancing cyber and data security was the most frequently cited priority among  the companies it surveyed, and within the gaming industry it is likely the largest threat faced by global companies from all industry segments. Framed within the context of the growing use of high-tech gaming devices and the wealth of data they provide to operators, this session will explore the threats posed by gaming’s increasing reliance on technology and player / transaction data while evaluating other data privacy issues unique to gaming because of regulatory oversight. The panelists will also explore how GDPR is impacting how companies manage their data and electronic assets and consider whether existing privacy laws in North America should undergo similar changes to expand consumer privacy protections.

Moderated by Greg Brower, a Shareholder with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, the panelists include:

  • Karin Ashford, VP Legal & Business Affairs, Penn National
  • David Bradbury, Symantec
  • Tracey Elkerton, Global Head of Regulatory & Product Compliance, Aristocrat
  • Jay Kaplan, CEO, Synack
  • Dr. Simon Planzer, Planzer Law
 12 - 1  p.m. Lunch
1  - 1:30 p.m. The State of the Gaming Industry:
Regulation, Responsibility and Sports Betting
Bill Miller, President and CEO, American Gaming Association (AGA)

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

The view from the top: sports integrity from the league perspective
Since the US Supreme Court struck down a 26-year federal ban on sports betting and opened the door for expansion beyond Nevada, the importance of sports integrity has been front and center. The US Senate recently proposed legislation creating uniform federal standards requiring sports books to use data provided or licensed by sports organizations to determine the outcome of wagers, and regardless of the eventual outcome of the proposed bill, several casino operators have negotiated agreements with the leagues to gain access to their official data feeds. Featuring representatives from the leagues and the industry, this roundtable will have a candid discussion about how the leagues and the industry can work together to ensure that as sports betting expands, the highest standards of wager and play integrity are maintained. 

Moderated by Stephen Martino, Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for MGM Resorts International, the participants include:

  • Andrew Brandt, Executive Director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law and Professor of Practice, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law 
  • Kenny Gersh, Executive Vice President, Gaming & New Business Ventures, Major League Baseball
  • Matthew Holt, President, U.S. Integrity
  • George Rover, Managing Partner, Princeton Global Strategies & Chief Integrity Officer, Sports Wagering Integrity Monitoring Association
2:30 – 3 p.m. Networking Break

3 – 4:30 p.m

In their own words: regulator roundtable on current issues
At nearly every gaming conference, at least one session features industry experts who share their insights into the regulatory perspective, yet the opinions of the regulators are often silent. We’re turning the tables in this 90-minute session where top regulators from multiple jurisdictions will speak out on the top issues they feel are of critical importance. Our distinguished panel will share their thoughts on a wide range of current issues, discussing everything from cross-regulatory relationships and how they handle their relationships with other regulatory bodies, to the industry’s response to sexual harassment, to their insights into how regulators, operators and suppliers can work together to explore changes that could be implemented on all sides to speed up the time it takes to get new products to the live casino floor. 

Moderated by Andre Wilsenach, Senior Vice President – Government Relations for BMM,  the panelists include:

  • Ronnie Jones, Chairman, Louisiana Gaming Control Board 
  • Jean Major, Chief Executive Officer and Registrar, Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario
  • Sandra Morgan, Chairwoman, Nevada Gaming Control Board
  • Kevin O’Toole, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
  • Barbara B. Smith, Commissioner, Michigan Gaming Control Board

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