CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Allen O’Rourke will join Taylor Phillips, the Cybercrime Coordinator at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina, for a discussion on the investigation and prosecution of business email compromise (BEC) offenses. The discussion is presented by the American Bar Association’s White Collar Subcommittee in Charlotte.

As evidenced by the FBI’s global take-down earlier this week, leading to the arrest of 74 people in the United States, Canada, Poland, Nigeria, and Mauritius, the internet fraud known as “business email compromise” has become one of the most widespread and pernicious forms of cybercrime. Indeed, there have been over $5.3 billion in reported losses from BEC schemes since the FBI began keeping track, with steady increases over the last few years. O’Rourke and Phillips will discuss key issues in the prosecution and defense of BEC-related offenses, as well as the appropriate measures for businesses that are targeted in BEC schemes. Their presentation takes place Friday, June 15, at the Federal Defender’s Office in Charlotte.

Allen O’Rourke co-chairs the Privacy and Cybersecurity Team at Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).  He conducts cyber investigations and represents clients facing regulatory actions, consumer litigation, and business disputes arising out of cybersecurity incidents.  Allen also handles data breach response and counsels clients concerning data privacy compliance, cybersecurity preparedness, and legal aspects of computer network defense. Prior to joining Womble, O’Rourke was a cybercrime prosecutor who helped lead the Cyber Unit at the US Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC, where he received two Special Achievement Awards for his work to combat cybercrime.