SOURCE: Merchant Risk Council

Merchant Risk Council

January 11, 2011 09:00 ET

Industry Speakers Highlight MRC's 2011 Annual Conference Agenda

E-Commerce Payments and Risk Conference to Host Over 50 Unique Sessions

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - January 11, 2011) - The Merchant Risk Council (MRC), a merchant-led trade association focused on electronic commerce risk and payments globally, announced Harry Markopolos, Andreas Weigend and Joseph Menn will address conference delegates at the MRC's 2011 Annual e-Commerce Payments and Risk Conference at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort, March 22-24, 2011. 

Harry Markopolos, financial fraud investigator, will deliver the conference's opening keynote address on Wednesday, March 23. Markopolos received public acclaim for uncovering and repeatedly tipping off the United States Securities & Exchange Commission, in what would become the $70 billion Ponzi scheme and conspiracy of Bernard Madoff. Markopoulos will address and analyze corporate fraud risk in ways that are new to many in the online and retail marketplace. Markopolos has shared his insights on such prominent media outlets as The Today Show, 60 Minutes and The Daily Show, as well as in major print publications including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

Andreas Weigend, Former Amazon.com chief scientist, will also be addressing general conference attendees on March 23. Weigend is a leading expert in online consumer behavior, and will discuss how consumer information sharing drives e-Commerce. Weigend is currently teaching at both Stanford and UC Berkeley.

Joseph Menn, author of "Fatal System Error" and tech reporter for the Financial Times, provides the conference's closing keynote speech on March 24. "Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who Are Bringing Down the Internet" exposes how cybercrime has become a threat on par with global jihad. Menn has spoken at major security conferences on his findings, which include hard evidence that the governments of Russia and China are protecting and directing the behavior of some of the world's worst cyber-criminals. Menn has also presented at meetings convened by the United States Secret Service and the FDIC.

"We are thrilled to have Harry Markopolos, Andreas Weigend and Joseph Menn join us in Las Vegas for our 2011 annual conference," said Tom Donlea, MRC Director. "These speakers, as well as a vast array of industry presenters, will give our attendees a new and wide-ranging view of the bigger issues that most affect e-Commerce security, operational efficiency and corporate profitability."

In total, the 2011 MRC Platinum Meeting (March 22) and General Conference (March 23-24) will include more than 60 speakers and panelists, 50 unique sessions, and more than 45 payment and risk industry exhibitors -- all delivering unique and valuable insight and information on the growth, diversity and risks associated with global online payment trends and strategies, managing and reducing chargebacks, identifying global cyber threats, and utilizing the newest fraud prevention tools.

Over the past decade, the MRC has evolved from a select group of merchants, networking about online fraud prevention, into the world's foremost organizations dedicated to educating the industry on issues relating to e-Commerce risk and payments. The 2011 Annual Conference unites over 800 of the world's top internet and multi-channel merchants, credit card brands, electronic payment processors and providers, risk management providers, law enforcement agencies and various consultants and educators in discussing how to make shopping on the internet easier, safer and more efficient for all involved.

Markopolos' opening keynote address is sponsored by 41st Parameter. Menn's closing keynote is sponsored by PayPal. The overall conference sponsors are Chase Paymentech and Kount. For registration and exhibition information for this conference, or to receive MRC membership information, please visit the MRC's website at www.merchantriskcouncil.org.

For more information on Harry Markopolos, please visit www.apbspeakers.com.

About the Merchant Risk Council
The Merchant Risk Council leads industry networking, education, benchmarking and advocacy programs designed to make electronic commerce more efficient, safe and profitable.

Today, with the power of its member-base, the MRC is the leading trade association for managing payments, preventing online fraud and promoting secure e-Commerce. The MRC is dedicated to working with e-Commerce and multi-channel merchants, payment processors, credit card issuers, credit card brands, alternative payment providers, risk management leaders, and a variety of law enforcement agencies to improve the online shopping channel. The MRC is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

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