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Tricks of Their Trade: Tools Used by Cybercriminals & Mischief Makers

  • October 10, 2022
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress, Austin, Texas; Fleck Hall, room#305


  • Discounted registration for members of the Austin Chapter
  • This type of registration is only available for students who are current members of the Austin Chapter of the ACFE.

Tricks of Their Trade: Tools Used by Cybercriminals & Mischief Makers

Location:  St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress (Fleck Hall #305). After registering for event, refer to Event Confirmation for REQUIRED information re: parking.  You must pre-register your vehicle to avoid a ticket.

    ** Please, REGISTER EARLY; space is limited. **

Description:   Many IT tools used for legitimate purposes such as IT auditing, penetration testing, and white-hat hacking may seem like magic. They can become black magic in the hands of bad actors when used to commit evil, destructive, and criminal acts ranging from petty theft to felonies. With innocuous monikers such as pineapple, coconut, and rubber ducky (to name a few), such tools are used to steal your data, scam your phone, clone your credit cards, and more.  Worse yet, these devices are inexpensive and widely available on many retail consumer websites. With the right gadget, your remote-work employees may appear to be actively toiling away when they are not anywhere near their at-home work station. Learn how to use simple techniques and tools to protect yourself and your employer from stolen data and electronic property theft.

Speaker: Zach Kelley is a faculty member at Texas State University in the Computer Information Systems department where he teaches a variety of topics that have included: Information Security, Accounting Information Systems, Business Intelligence, Programming, Agile, Statistical Analysis, and ERP.  He has more than 10 years of professional experience in information technology leadership positions, more than 20 years’ experience in logistics and SCM, and far more years than he is willing to admit in IT in general.  He holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems and a master's degree in Accounting and Information Technology.

Learning Objectives - After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify common techniques & gadgets used by both professional criminals and up-and-coming mischief makers.
  • Understand the legal uses of the same tools for penetration testing and white-hat hacking.
  • Identify and use easy-to-master tools to defend yourself.

Recommended CPE credit & Field of Study:  1 total CPE hour & field of Specialized Knowledge

Refund, Cancellation & No-Show Policy: Refunds of fees paid for internet-based sessions may be provided only if registrant contacts Austin ACFE within 24 hours of the start time of the session & documents an emergency or similar event that prevented participation. For in-person events, registration cancellations and refund request must be made by contacting Austin ACFE within 5 calendar days from the start time of the session.  Cancellations received less than 5 days prior to events will not be refunded except for exigent circumstances.  Contact must be made via email to:

In the event a registrant does not show up to an event, the registration cost will be forfeited. If payment at the door was the selected method, the registrant will be billed for the full cost of the event. The Austin ACFE reserves the right to bar from future events registrants who routinely register and fail to pay and/or attend the event.

For events provided by the Austin chapter at no cost to registrants, there will be no refunds.

Complaint Resolution Policy:  Any concerns or complaints about registration for an event must be made within 14 calendar days of the event (with the event date counting as day 1) in writing to:  

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Non-profit Status:  The Austin Area Chapter of The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is a non-profit organization formed in the State of Texas and registered as a 501 (C) (6) organization with the IRS.

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