Press Release


 Madoff Whistleblower to Speak at ISACA’s North America CACS Conference 

Event Addresses IT Risk, Assurance, Governance and Compliance Challenges and Solutions

Rolling Meadows, IL, USA (16 January 2014)—Harry Markopolos, Bernie Madoff whistleblower, author of No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller and subject of the documentary Chasing Madoff will share his unique insights and thoughts on the largest fraud case in U.S. history, at ISACA’s North America Computer Audit, Control and Security (CACS) conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, taking place 28-30 April 2014. In his presentation, titled “How Did One Man Lose $65 Billion? The Signs, the Red Flags and How to Make Sure That It Never Happens Again,” Markopolos will share details of his nearly nine-year investigation, along with audit steps and prevention and detection tips that can protect the enterprise and consumers.

“Control systems at every level failed for every company involved in the Madoff case. Intelligent people with impressive credentials were fooled because they didn’t retain their professional skepticism,” said Markopolos. “Madoff easily bypassed controls through a series of rather simple human engineering techniques. I look forward to sharing techniques at ISACA’s CACS conference that can help prevent such fraud.”

Markopolos is one of more than 70 speakers who will convene at North America CACS to examine advancements in information systems (IS) assurance, risk and security.

Joining him is astronaut Mike Mullane, inductee to the International Space Hall of Fame, who will use NASA video and inside stories to discuss how to achieve a pathway to team excellence.

“As it is for all corporate teams that depend upon exceptional IT performance for mission success, so it is for astronauts,” said Mullane. “We are safe and successful only through the superb teamwork of thousands of NASA/contractor personnel who design, build, and test the software and hardware that take us into space.” 

The 2014 North America CACS conference is hosted by ISACA—a nonprofit global association serving more than 110,000 IT governance, assurance, risk and security professionals. Themed “Today’s Connections, Tomorrow’s Solutions,” the conference will feature lectures, panels and facilitated discussions led by presenters and workshop leaders. Steered by audience interaction, industry leaders will share strategic and organizational approaches to IT from the business perspective and examine how legislation and industry mandates impact the future of IT security and cyberspace. Session speakers from organizations such as CA Technologies, Microsoft, the PCI Security Council, Viacom, the Big 4 accounting firms and federal, state and local agencies, will share their perspectives in educational tracks focused on:

  • Assurance
  • Audit Strategies, Tactics and Techniques
  • Compliance
  • Governance
  • Risk
  • Security
  • Forums/Megatrends

Pre- and post-conference workshops will offer in-depth education on critical issues such as

  • Applied Data Analysis in IS Audit
  • Prevention, Detection and Recovery from Cyberattacks
  • Security and Audit of Mobile Technologies
  • Using Privacy Principles within Business

A COBIT 5 Foundation Course (for exam preparation) pre-conference workshop and a COBIT 5 for Assurance post-conference workshop will also be offered.

“CACS represents the complete conference experience: an opportunity not only to hear from experts in our field, but also to build your network and reconnect with former colleagues,” said Conference Subcommittee Chair Charlie Blanchard, CISA, CISM, CRISC. “Whether you are looking for industry insight or new tools and techniques, CACS gives you the skills you need to bring value to your company.”  

Attendees can earn up to 39 continuing professional education (CPE) hours for North America CACS. Early-bird registration (by 3 March 2014) offers a US $200 savings. Additional details and registration information on North America CACS are at



With more than 110,000 constituents in 180 countries, ISACA ( helps business and IT leaders maximize value and manage risk related to information and technology. Founded in 1969, the nonprofit, independent ISACA is an advocate for professionals involved in information and cyber security, assurance, risk management and governance. These professionals rely on ISACA as the trusted source for information and technology knowledge, community, standards and certification. The association, which has 200 chapters worldwide, advances and validates business-critical skills and knowledge through the globally respected Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager> (CISM), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT> (CGEIT) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) credentials. ISACA also developed and continually updates COBIT, a business framework that helps enterprises in all industries and geographies govern and manage their information and technology.

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