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    • 02 May 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
    • Pinsent Masons LLP 55 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2FG
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    Open Source Intelligence and

    Investigative routes

    Wednesday 2 May 2018 – 8.30am to 11.30am

    Hosted by Pinsent Masons LLP

    55 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2FG



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    Welcome & introduction



    Kirsty Kelly and Alex Balcombe, Tempest SI – ‘Open Source Intelligence in an hour’






    David Kearns, Expert Investigations Group - ‘Investigative routes to follow post intelligence’



    Questions to the speakers






    Kirsty Kelly, Intelligence Services Lead, Tempest SI

    With over a decade of experience working across the fields of fraud, financial crime, risk management and intelligence Kirsty is Tempest’s Intelligence Services lead. Tasked with developing new and innovative means to deliver intelligence analysis and products to our commercial clients Kirsty is adapting our managed services to the ever changing and demanding digital threat environment. She is the driving force behind our efforts to standardise analyst tradecraft and professional skills and is also responsible for managing all of our operational client relationships.

    Alex Balcombe, Business Development Lead, Tempest SI

    Alex has an Information Technology and Networks background with recent exposure to the specialised security solutions and operations environment. He has been prominent in advising a range of public and private sector organisations on their cyber security posture and strategy, helping them to forge the right policies and practice for their teams as well as identifying appropriate solutions to mitigate their threat exposure. Often working with clients, including retail, Government and financial services, who faced daily attacks, Alex has joined Tempest Security Intelligence to continue building strong industry relationships and to support our long-term growth plans and business strategy. He currently oversees Tempests International Business Development Programme that includes Anti-Phishing Simulation - Education and Awareness, Threat Intelligence, Penetration Testing and Online Fraud Prevention for e-commerce and digital banking.

    David Kearns, Managing Director, Expert Investigations Group

    One of the country’s leading experts on combatting employee dishonesty, commercial investigations and covert methods of evidence gathering. After 13 ½ years in the police service, where David specialised in field intelligence, he established Expert Investigations Group 18 years ago. 

    David is regarded by many in the legal and commercial sectors as the go to person when seeking a resolution to their issues. He has made it his mission to educate organisations on where their employees will be dishonest, the tell-tale signs of it occurring and how they can detect, disrupt or prevent their activities. David’s work has led to the imprisonment and conviction of dishonest employees. 

    David is often found commenting on national and local radio, television and specialist publications. He is also a technical adviser for the BBC TV production team and has conducted academic studies in the field.

    David regularly delivers presentations to organisations such as CIFAS, Institute of Credit Management, CIPD, Institute of Directors and uses his online presence to educate employers and the legal sector as to how tackling dishonest employees can not only ease a financial burden, but avoid a PR upset for companies.

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Past events

22 Mar 2018 Privilege in investigations
12 Dec 2017 Victimology
21 Nov 2017 Bribery and Corruption
04 Oct 2017 Anatomy of a civil fraud claim
11 Jul 2017 in inceptum finis est
21 Jun 2017 Cyber Fraud
18 May 2017 The Fraud Act 2006 – 10 years on
20 Apr 2017 Pension Fraud and Vulnerable Victims
28 Mar 2017 Operation Afflek
11 Jan 2017 Insolvency
17 Nov 2016 Piercing the corporate veil and money laundering
18 Oct 2016 Interviewing fraud & preventing mortgage fraud
14 Sep 2016 Public Sector and Healthcare Fraud
07 Jul 2016 Cyber Fraud
09 Jun 2016 Fraud Investigations
10 May 2016 Money Laundering and Disclosure in Criminal Cases
12 Apr 2016 Insurance fraud and vehicle leasing fraud
01 Dec 2015 The Winter Fraud Discussion
27 Oct 2015 How to interview about fraud
24 Sep 2015 Investigating Financial Fraud
18 Jun 2015 Investigative Interviewing
24 Mar 2015 Cybercrime - The changing landscape
22 Jan 2015 The Fraud Debate: Showcasing Private, Public & Civil Actions
02 Dec 2014 The Fraud Debate: Showcasing Private, Public & Civil Actions
19 Nov 2014 The Future of Fraud in the Financial Sector
13 Nov 2014 The Future of Fraud in the Financial Sector
16 Oct 2014 Investigative Interviewing Masterclass
23 Sep 2014 'Suspicion, Action, Results' An update on Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs)
24 Jun 2014 Counter Fraud 2020: A Twelve Point Plan to Protect the UK
25 Mar 2014 Sport and Fraud
05 Dec 2013 Investigating Fraud, Local to Global
13 Oct 2013 Insolvency
04 Oct 2013 Confiscation Update
12 Sep 2013 Masterclass
20 Jun 2013 Data: the fraudster's nemesis
19 Mar 2013 Meet the Authors: Countering Fraud and Managing Fraud Risks
16 Jan 2013 Fraud, behind the scenes
11 Dec 2012 The Proceeds of Crime Act and Civil Recovery
24 Sep 2012 Tackling Business Fraud
29 May 2012 Fighting Fraud
26 Mar 2012 The Auditor and Fraud
02 Jan 2012 Fraud and Punishment: Increasing Deterrence through More and Effective Sanctions.
06 Dec 2011 Fraud: Your Solicitor or the Police? - a Debate
12 Sep 2011 Fraud, reporting to and investigation by police
19 May 2011 Buyer beware: Minimising fraud in procurement
04 Mar 2011 The Bribery Act 2010
14 Dec 2010 Masterclass
13 Oct 2010 (MTIC (Carousel) Fraud in UK and the EEC)
14 Jul 2010 Testing the Temperature of Your Anti-Fraud Culture
29 Apr 2010 The Intelligent Breakfast Briefing
16 Dec 2009 Interview with a Fraudster
01 Jul 2009 Fraud in the Public sector (Topics: Procurement and employee fraud and the Bribery Bill)
19 May 2009 Investigation Through to Prosecution
01 Dec 2008 Employee Fraud
24 Sep 2008 Mortgage Fraud
14 May 2008 Anti Money Laundering

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