Events

October 5: The Digital Underworld: Cracking Down on Cybercrime

Date: October 5, 2017
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $25 with 10% discount for Museum Members

Are your files secure? WHO IS BEHIND THESE ATTACKS AND WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Scott Smith, one of the FBI’s top national authorities on cybercrime will join experts in the fields of cyber-security and information technologies for a panel discussion exploring organized crime in the virtual world.

Though cybercrime occurs online, the thefts—and their victims—are quite real. Up to 143 million customers were affected by the recent Equifax cyber-attack. Names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver’s licenses were hacked – enough information to reach into most bank, credit, retirement accounts and more. In 2016, Yahoo reported 1 billion user accounts were hacked. In 2013, as many as 800 million individual records were stolen by online criminals. In 2014, at least $375 billion was lost to cybercrime. And as online access grows, so do the organized crime networks hoping to take advantage of this lucrative global market.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The cyber-security industry – is it keeping up?
  • The scope and activities of global criminal networks.
  • Practical issues of online security and protection tips.
  • The role of organized crime in online criminal activities, from credit card and identity fraud to illegal gambling and online trafficking.

Featured Panelists

Scott S. Smith  

Scott S. Smith


Scott S. Smith is the assistant director of the cyber-division with the Federal Bureau of Investigations in Washington, D.C. He most recently served as a deputy assistant director in the human resources division at FBI headquarters. Smith began his career as a special agent with the FBI in January 1996. He has served in the international terrorism operations section in the counterterrorism division, on a Joint Terrorism Task Force in Toledo and in intelligence and white collar crime divisions. He has twice been deployed to Iraq as part of the FBI’s counterterrorism efforts. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Eastern Michigan University.

Matt Heff  

Matt Heff


Matt Heff serves as senior manager of global cyber-security at Las Vegas Sands where he is responsible for training, awareness and development of their cyber-security team. He also serves the Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center’s efforts to combat cyber-terrorism and has spoken at a variety of conferences and events, including the Department of Homeland Security Corporate Security Symposium.

Dan Manson  

Dan Manson


Dan Manson is a professor of computer information systems at Cal Poly Pomona. He has taught Information systems auditing, internet security and computer forensics, as well as serving as the CIS department chair and campus information security officer. He has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on six National Science Foundation Grants to support workforce, curriculum and professional development in cyber-security.

Arthur Salmon  

Arthur Salmon


Arthur Salmon is professor of computing and information at the College of Southern Nevada. He holds a master’s degree in network and communication management, focusing on security. Currently, he is finishing his doctoral dissertation for information assurance and security and has more than 15 years of experience in IT.

Michael Spangler  

Michael Spangler


Moderator – Michael Spangler holds a doctorate in industrial technology and statistics. He has served 21 years as dean of career and technical programs at community colleges and spent 15 years as a professor of engineering at major universities. He is currently in his 11th year as dean of the School of Advanced and Applied Technologies at the College of Southern Nevada.