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Kroll Names Steve Scarince Associate Managing Director in Cyber Risk Practice, Los Angeles

July 2, 2018

Former U.S. Secret Service Agent, Head of Los Angeles Electronic Crimes Task Force, a Recognized Authority in Fraud Investigations and Cyber-Related Attacks on Financial and Payment Systems

NEW YORK – July 2, 2018 – Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps, a global leader in risk mitigation, investigations, compliance, cyber resilience, security and incident response solutions, today announced the appointment of Steve Scarince as an Associate Managing Director in its Cyber Risk practice, based in Los Angeles. Scarince joins Kroll after serving for more than 20 years in several prominent roles with the United States Secret Service. In addition to his experience serving a near-five year assignment in the Presidential Protective Division, Scarince has significant expertise in crisis management, intelligence, and personal and physical security. Additionally, he is an authority in fraud investigations and cyber-related attacks on financial and payment systems, and has often served as an expert witness in court proceedings. 

“Steve is a highly regarded law enforcement professional who has demonstrated a keen ability to help the private sector develop effective strategies for combating fraud and cyber threats,” said Ben Demonte, Managing Director and North America Cyber Practice Leader. “I am happy to welcome Steve to our strong, growing team of cyber colleagues who share his energy and commitment to providing our clients with unique insight and best-in-class solutions.”

“Steve’s diverse skillsets and international perspective are ideally suited for the complexity and client-focus of our Cyber Risk business,” said Jason Smolanoff, Senior Managing Director and Global Cyber Security Practice Leader for Kroll. “I am confident that with his extensive experience and collaborative approach, Steve will make an immediate contribution to our global team’s efforts in helping our clients improve their cyber resiliency.” 

In his most recent role as Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Office, Scarince supervised the Los Angeles Electronic Crimes Task Force (ECTF) responsible for fraud and cyber investigations, to include network intrusions, malware, theft of personally identifying information and fraud. Prior to this, Scarince had founded the Los Angeles Fraud Task Force (LAFTF), which investigated complex organized crime and organized criminal groups that targeted financial institutions. Over the years, the task force has become nationally recognized for its subject matter expertise in payment card skimming and continues to provide assistance to other USSS offices, state and local law enforcement and private industry, particularly in the petroleum, retail and financial services sectors.

From 2004-2006, Scarince was assigned to the Office of Administration in Washington, D.C., where as Head of the Logistics Resource Center he managed mission critical travel for 7,000 employees. Scarince served in the Presidential Protective Division from 1999-2004, during which time he acted as the Lead Advance agent for numerous presidential trips, both foreign and domestic. Scarince also held the role of Whip responsible for the president’s protection while at the White House. Scarince joined the USSS in 1995 in the Washington Field Office investigating and solving financial crimes, including bank fraud, identity theft and West African fraud schemes. He also conducted more than 75 foreign dignitary and presidential protection advances, securing venues, hotels and transportation routes. Scarince started his professional career as an Aide to the U.S. Ambassador to Russia, serving in the American Embassy in Moscow from 1991-1993.

Scarince earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations/Russian at the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators (IAFCI) and the Law Enforcement Co-Chair of the Los Angeles Organized Retail Crime Association. A recognized authority on fraud-related criminal activity, Scarince has provided written, televised and radio interviews to ABC, NBC, CNN, NPR, AP and Krebs on Security. He has also served as the keynote speaker for Fortune 100 petroleum conferences from 2012-2017.

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