ICT Risks in Online Gambling & Related Payment Systems

Wednesday 17 November 2010

6.00pm for 6.30pm

Room HC 021, Southampton Solent University, Herbert Collins Building, Ground Floor Map and Directions

Melody Morgan-Busher FBCS CEng CITP MBA (Dist) BSc (Hons) CISA CISM CGEIT, Consultant and Commentator

Joint with the BCS Hampshire Branch, BCS Cybercrime Forensics SG and Southampton Solent University

This event is free, open to all, but please book through the BCS website, www.bcs.org/events/registration both for BCS members and non-members for arranging refreshments.

The scope of the presentation will be a rapid overview of Online Gambling - where it came from, what it is and where it is going - leading into a discussion of the main security, assurance and control issues.  Volume, speed and diverse routing of transactions in Online Gambling produces vast traffic and database logs - with implications for how digital forensic investigations are planned.

Operational, technical and related financial challenges particular to this industry will be highlighted including alternative payment methods popular with online gambling operators.  Affiliate marketing dependencies and the extended supply chains of the industry will be explored briefly to consider data ownership, privacy and security. 

The aim of the talk is to share insight into the industry and seek feedback on how such issues are controlled in other regulated sectors.  The presentation will NOT dwell on ethical, legal or political aspects - although these are of interest for separate discussion.

Melody Morgan-Busher became involved in overseeing the Online Gambling business in 1999 when it began in Europe.  This happened by chance when she was based in Alderney, British Channel Islands and seeking part-time work.  From tiny beginnings this fringe activity has burgeoned into a multi-billion industry which challenges national boundaries and ICT control frameworks.  Melody has always stayed independent but interested since Online Gambling brings together many technical and operational challenges.  After a time with the Maltese Regulator (as the first Director Compliance), Melody moved on to the Central Bank of Malta and then to KPMG Malta.