Dennis Desmond's Confirmation Presentation

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Dennis Desmond's Confirmation Presentation

We invite you to attend the Confirmation Presentation of Dennis Desmond, a Doctor of Philosophy candidate within the School of Social Sciences, in the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law.

Title: Cryptolaundering: Optimising Cryptocurrency Laundering Interventions

Presenter: Dennis Desmond

When: Thursday, 14 June 11:30-1pm

Where: Building E, 2.24/25

Abstract: The aim of this research is to fully develop a policy and regulatory risk analysis framework of cryptocurrency laundering (cryptolaundering) practices; perform digital financial transaction analysis resulting from various criminal (predicate) offences including cybercrimes, financial fraud and illicit trade through online illicit marketplaces (Gruber, 2013; Egger, et al., 2013). The intent is to design an operational framework that will aid law enforcement and intelligence agencies in conducting timely and effective interventions. Rather than using traditional systems methodologies to assess risk or prevent accidents to improve design, this research will co-opt socio-technical systems theory to analyse the most effective criminal risk management and avoidance strategies in order to develop effective interdiction techniques within illicit financial operations employing cryptocurrencies. The benefits of this research include the identification of the most effective and secure cryptocurrency money laundering processes, assess unique signatures of illicit digital financial transaction processes, and develop new methods of identifying and disrupting non-traditional money laundering schemes while identifying exploitable gaps in current legal and regulatory money laundering frameworks.

Bio: Mr. Desmond is a PhD Candidate at the University of the Sunshine Coast, with the Centre for Human Factors & Sociotechnical Systems at the University of the Sunshine Coast Sippy Downs, Queensland, Australia on a full higher degree research scholarship. His PhD Thesis -  Cryptolaundering: Optimising Cryptocurrency Laundering Interventions focuses on the growing use of cryptocurrencies for criminal activities.

Previously, Mr. Desmond was a career intelligence officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency, US Department of Defense, assigned to US Special Operations Command as the Chief Identity Scientist for the Sensitive Activities Division. Prior to that, Mr. Desmond attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University as a National Security Fellow from the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Mr. Desmond has also served as the director of an Identity Management organization within the Department of Defense, a Special Agent with the Washington Field Office of the FBI, and served 23 years in the United States Army on both active duty and the reserves as an counterintelligence officer. Mr. Desmond is a veteran of Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom IV and V.

Mr. Desmond has a Bachelor of Arts from Oregon State University, a Master of Arts from Indiana University and has published articles in the Journal of Low Intensity Conflict and Law Enforcement, and a book on Soviet Military and Intelligence Services Camouflage. He has numerous awards from the United States Army, FBI and the Department of Defense.

Mr. Desmond and his wife Rita, who is also a former DIA employee, reside in Buderim.

Should you have any questions about this event please contact FABHDR@usc.edu.au.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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