HCC Accelerate • Cybersecurity and Wire Fraud Awareness

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Name: HCC Accelerate • Cybersecurity and Wire Fraud Awareness
Date: October 18, 2023
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:


DESCRIPTION: Dive into a critical and relevant topic on the Hollywood Chamber's Accelerate, where we shed light on the pressing issue of Cybersecurity and Wire Fraud. With expertise from the fraud department at City National Bank and first-hand insights from the FBI and LAPD's cybersecurity task force, you're guaranteed an eye-opening experience.



  • The All-Encompassing Threat: Understand that every business, regardless of size, is a target for cyber threats, and small to midsize businesses are especially vulnerable.
  • Shared Responsibility: While network security is essential, 59% of U.S. SMBs lack a robust contingency plan to combat data breaches. It's not just about protection; it's about preparation.
  • Pervasive Cyber Threats: From servers and desktops to mobile platforms and the vast "Internet of Things," the threats are everywhere. Uncover the various tactics like malware attacks, ransomware, virtual kidnapping, wire transfer fraud, and manipulative social engineering schemes.
  • Asset Identification & Protection: Ascertain your company's pivotal assets and data. From employee awareness training to best practices like Positive Pay, strong passwords, and two-factor authentication, delve deep into the myriad ways to defend your business.
  • Response & Recovery: In the unfortunate event of a cyberattack, know the steps to take. From having a robust response procedure to developing a continuity plan, be ready to spring into action. Understand the multifaceted costs of breaches, from legal ramifications to brand reputation, and ensure you're armed to mitigate the fallout.
  • Takeaways & Resources: Walk away with actionable advice – from establishing continuity plans and continuing education for team members to securing your internet connection. 

Tune in, stay informed, and fortify your defenses. The digital world awaits, and it's essential to be prepared!


Elizabeth Acosta has been in the banking industry for over 20 years. Currently, in her role as Vice President, Financial Crimes Compliance Supervisor at City National Bank, Elizabeth has knowledge and experience in banking operations and financial crimes, which includes BSA and Fraud investigations.  Elizabeth manages a team of five Investigators whom conduct internal and external investigations for CNB.  Fraud cases involve all spectrums, from ID theft to investment fraud.  Elizabeth earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at California State University, Fullerton, and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.

Ethy Vallejo is the Vice President and Treasury Management Sales Officer at City National Bank. Ethy has over 25 years of banking experience, spending the last 15 years helping small to medium-sized businesses understand how to optimize their cash flow by effectively using banking products and services. 

Michael Sohn: Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Michael Sohn leads the FBI Los Angeles Cyber Task Force, which is responsible for investigating criminal cyber activity and other high-technology crimes impacting the greater Los Angeles area.  His investigative experience includes counterterrorism, nation-state, and criminal cyber intrusion matters.  Prior to his employment with the FBI, he worked as a Cyber Counterintelligence Officer for the Department of the Army, a Counterterrorism officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency, a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, and a U.S. Army Officer.  Mr. Sohn received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the United States Military Academy, West Point, and a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from Boston University, Boston.    


Emerson College LA
5960 Sunset Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CAV90028
Date/Time Information:
October 18, 2023
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Contact Information:
Chloe Kim
FREE • Includes Lunch • This event is generously sponsored on behalf of City National Bank
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