Data Risk and Reward

Our third event in the VF Data Series was held at the gorgeous Pyramid Club in Philadelphia for a discussion and cocktail hour.

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Our third event in the VF Data Series was held in the US at the Pyramid Club in Philadelphia on the 26th September.

We were joined by a accomplished panel of experts in the cybersecurity, law, and banking industries to discuss the balance between keeping data secure and useful.

On September 26th, the VF Data Series traveled stateside to the beautiful Pyramid Club in Philadelphia for our third event, Data Risk and Reward.

Guests were treated to cocktails and high-end appetizers with a view of the stellar Philadelphia skyline and took part in discussion with our expert panel of speakers.

Our panel discussion was led by our Senior Vice President of Data Consulting, Ryan Palsho and our guest speakers Endre Jarraux Walls, Diego Matamoros, and Special Agent Adam Karcher. We examined data security and risk management in a rapidly-changing digital environment, and how modern organisations can protect their information, while continuing to retrieve the data they need to empower their business.

Topics included Cybersecurity, Data Breaches, Risk Management, and Advanced Analytics

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Our Panel Guests

Endre Walls, CIO at Customer's Bank

Endre Jarraux Walls is the CISO for Customers Bancorp and its subsidiaries: BankMobile Disbursements, BankMobile Technologies, Customers Bank. He has held all 3 C-level roles in the technology industry, as an award-winning CIO, CTO, and now CISO. He is responsible for the security of over $10B in domestic assets and provides leadership to cyber risk, digital compliance, security operations, governance, resilience, physical security, and cyber fraud departments. He was recently recognized as one of the top 40 under 40 leaders in the greater Philadelphia region and is an ardent supporter of public schools through his non-profit The Franklin Foundation for Innovation.

Diego Matamoros

Diego was recently recognized as a 2019 Lawyer on the Fast Track by the Legal Intelligencer. He advises a major digital infrastructure investment manager in connection with its portfolio of over $2.9 billion in digital infrastructure assets. He also represents a major consolidator of veterinary clinics, acting as lead counsel for 10 acquisitions in 2018 and providing ongoing legal support for their operations in over 50 clinic locations across the United States. In 2018, he represented the buyer in the successful purchase of Jose Garces’ restaurant group resulting from its high profile bankruptcy.

Diego graduated from Yale Law School in 2015. Prior to joining Kleinbard, he was a finance associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, where he contributed to major acquisition financings and secured lending to both general corporate and fund borrowers in a variety of sectors. His infrastructure financing projects included private placements for a major expansion of the Port of Portsmouth, Virginia and the construction of over 650MW in new electrical generating capacity in Buenos Aires, Argentina

In his prior career as a professional opera singer, Diego performed at leading venues around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Turin Royal Opera and at the Shanghai World Expo. He is fluent in Spanish, Italian and French.

Special Agent Adam Karcher

Special Agent (SA) Adam Karcher is a Philadelphia Division SA specializing in Cyber cases spanning National Security and Cyber Criminal threats. SA Karcher joined the FBI in 2003 where he was initially assigned to the Philadelphia Division. In 2009, SA Karcher transferred to the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF) at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. as a Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) in Asia Cyber Operations, and in 2013 became the Unit Chief/Deputy Director of the Office of Data Exploitation at the NCIJTF.

Prior to joining the FBI, SA Karcher obtained a degree in Molecular Biology from the George Washington University and worked at the National Cancer Institute at the NIH and in the biotech industry as a researcher utilizing bioinformatics tools to screen genetic targets for drug development.

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