Prior Programs




 May 4, 2023

Escalating Cyber Threats to the U.S Financial System:

Time to Think Outside the Box

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George Mason University’s Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE), the Business School, and the Financial Technology & Cybersecurity Center (Center), Mason’s School of Business,hosted a group of experts in executive roundtable discussions on the cybersecurity challenges facing the financial services sector and the solutions that should be pursued regarding:

  • 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

The faculty was moderated by cybersecurity experts:

  • 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

Keynote Address:

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 included:

  • Stewart Baker, Of Counsel, Steptoe
  • Emily Beam, Senior Vice President, Cyber Risk Institute
  • John Carlson, Vice President, Cybersecurity Regulation and Resilience, ABA
  • 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

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December 7, 2022

* Executive Roundtable Discussion *

“Demystifying Artificial Intelligence: Its Impact on Finance and Regulation” 

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President Biden’s recent Executive Memo on Artificial Intelligence, Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights: Making Automated Systems Work for the American People, focuses on the growing influence of AI technologies.  While AI can dramatically improve the delivery and regulation of financial services, novel algorithms and the ways that they are used add new complexities to compliance and the potential for inadvertent discrimination.  That suggests the early adoption of standards and rules of engagement to ensure that Americans are protected from as much as they are assisted by AI.

Experts and regulators participating in the executive roundtable discussions were moderated by:

Thomas P. Vartanian

Executive Director, Financial Technology & Cybersecurity Center

Brian Knight

Director of Innovation and Governance and a Senior Research Fellow, The Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Experts included:

Brad Blower, General Counsel, National Community Reinvestment Coalition

Neil Chilson, Senior Research Fellow, Technology and Innovation at Stand Together

Carol Evans, Deputy Fair Lending Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Dr. Mark Flood, Program Manager, Information Innovation Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Phillip Hurst, Assistant General Counsel, Card Data Sciences & Machine Learning, Capital One

Melissa Koide, CEO & Director, The FinReg Lab

Kevin Greenfield, Deputy Comptroller for Operational Risk Policy, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Tommy Jones, Senior Technology Architect, Enterprise Technologies, In-Q-Tel

Melissa Koide, CEO, FinRegLab

Brenda Leong, Partner, BNH AI

William Magnunson, Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law

Matt Mittelsteadt, Visiting Research Fellow, Mercatus Center

Weifeng Zong, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center

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April 27, 2022


An Executive Roundtable discussion moderated by Financial Technology & Cybersecurity Center (FTCC) Executive Director Thomas P. Vartanian and Conference on Consumer Finance Law (CCFL) Chairman James M. Milano with distinguished guests:

  • Brian P. Brooks, CEO, Bitfury, former Acting Comptroller of the Currency
  • Jelena McWilliams, former FDIC Chair
  • Randal K. Quarles, Chairman, The Cynosure Group, former Vice Chairman for Supervision, Federal Reserve Board

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The programs listed below were conducted by the Program on Financial Regulation & Technology at George Mason University's Scalia Law School.

  • New Directions for Consumer Finance Law. An Insider's Look at the Report of the CFPB's Taskforce. Co-sponsored with The Conference on Consumer Finance Law, February 11, 2021
  • FinTech and Consumer Finance: Agenda for 2021. Co-sponsored with The Conference on Consumer Finance Law, December 9 – 10, 2021
  • Meet the Policymakers Forum with Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks, October 22, 2020
  • Meet the Policymakers Forum with FDIC Chair Jelena McWilliams, October 6, 2020
  • FinTech Pushing Past the Pandemic, July 15, 2020
  • Consumer Debt in America: What Would Rate Caps and Student Loan Forgiveness Mean? November 18, 2019
  • Meet the Policymakers Forum with CFPB Deputy Director Brian Johnson, November 7, 2019
  • Meet the Policymakers Forum with Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Dr. Mark Calabria, October 10, 2019
  • Libra – New Dimensions for Money? September 25, 2019
  • Meet the Policymakers Forum with Treasury Department General Counsel Brent McIntosh, September 12, 2019
  • Smart Regulation and the Future of Financial Services Conference, May 16, 2019
  • Meet the Policymakers Forum with Federal Reserve Board Vice-Chair Randal K. Quarles, April 9, 2019
  • Meet the Policymakers Forum with Acting Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting, March 27, 2019