Gary Shiffman will speak at the ABA Regulatory Compliance Conference


Gary Shiffman will speak at the ABA Regulatory Compliance Conference

Giant Oak CEO Gary Shiffman will speak at the ABA Regulatory Compliance Conference in Nashville, Tennessee on June 24, 2018. With artificial intelligence and big data playing a more prominent role everyday in the banking world, Dr. Shiffman will explore their implications for anti-money laundering efforts and how they can help with compliance.

Giant Oak will also have a booth at the conference where we will be giving live GOST demos. Drop by and learn how Giant Oak can help your organization.

For more information on the conference, please view the complete itinerary here:



CEO Gary Shiffman will be speaking at the ABA FinCrime Enforcement Conference

Giant Oak CEO Gary Shiffman will speak at the American Banking Association's Financial Crimes and Enforcement Conference on December 4 and 5 2017, about data quality and its implication for risk and enforcement. Dr. Shiffman will give perspective on the challenges facing those involved in anti-money laundering activities and means for mitigating those challenges.

Giant Oak will also have a booth alongside GuidePost Solutions where the company will be giving live demos of GOST. Drop by and see how Giant Oak can help your organization. 

For information on the ABA Conference schedule, please view the itinerary here:

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Giant Oak CEO, Dr. Gary Shiffman speaks at the ACFCS Financial Crime Conference

Giant Oak CEO, Dr. Gary Shiffman will speak on October 17, 2017 at the ACFCS Financial Crime Conference in Boston. Every year, the conference brings together experts involved in fighting fraud and illicit financial activities to discuss the state-of-the-art of the field and the challenges and solutions facing practitioners and policymakers across the world. This year, Dr. Shiffman’s talk centers on the innovations made in big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to proactively detect and prevent financial crimes from occurring. These technologies are the foundations of Giant Oak’s products. But in the broader financial crime community these technologies are widely discussed, poorly understood, and severely underused. Come see Dr. Shiffman speak to learn more about these technologies, and how Giant Oak is contributing to the fight against financial crimes.

Giant Oak CEO Dr. Gary Shiffman, panel speaker at the Kalaris-NGA-Georgetown University Conference

On September 14, 2017, Georgetown University hosted the George T. Kalaris Intelligence Conference in collaboration with the National Geospatial Agency (NGA). The conference, honoring one of the most important case officers in CIA history, focused on the evolving state-of-the-art for the intelligence community, and the role technology played in the collection, analysis, and dissemination of data. The role of big data featured prominently in all the panels, with participants emphasizing the wealth of information available versus the difficulties in understanding and sorting it into actionable intelligence. This challenge was evident beginning with the first panel, featuring a conversation between NGA Director Robert Cardillo and the New York Times’ reporter, Eric Schmitt. Director Cardillo explained that given the restraints on technology acquisition, government increasingly find itself outmatched by the private sector in terms of resources available for analysis, putting it at a disadvantage relative to the country’s adversaries. Director Cardillo explained that these limitations impelled his initiative for greater collaboration at NGA with private corporations like Giant Oak, whom have both the talent and know-how to use vast computing powers for analysis of NGA’s immense storehouses of data.

In a later panel, Giant Oak’s own CEO Gary Shiffman expanded on these challenges by explaining that it is not just a matter of resources or talent, but acknowledging the biases inherent in all data available. To highlight this point, Dr. Shiffman explained how data itself only captures impressions of the world, and requires a critical mind to recognize these limitations inherit within to unlock its value and potential. These arguments elaborated by Director Cardillo and Dr. Shiffman served as thematic undercurrents for the rest of the discussions centering on the practical application of big data and technology to issues as diverse as terrorism and radicalization, human-intelligence (HUMINT) collection, and intelligence sharing among partner nations. These points were synthesized best by John Mulligan, Deputy Director for the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), who talked about the ongoing challenges of collating all available data for the fight against the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), as it expands physically and virtually.

Technology has always changed how intelligence services gather information. The struggle, as the Kalaris Conference showed, is not so much in whether countries collect it, but how to change epistemic paradigms to understand it. Returning to Dr. Shiffman’s comments, in our current era, the struggle is not about lacking data, but in having the capacity to understand it and the humility to recognize its limitations.

CEO Gary Shiffman, Panelist at The Clearing House Annual Conference

CEO Gary Shiffman, Panelist at The Clearing House Annual Conference

Considering a New and More Effective Paradigm for AML/BSA

November 29, 2016, 4:30 — 5:30

Fifteen years on from 9/11, the use of anti-money laundering efforts has become a key element of disrupting terrorist financing. At the same time, a school of thought is emerging as to whether the effectiveness of the regime could be enhanced through the adoption of new approaches, including the application of technology. Focus is also being directed to the unintended consequences of AML/BSA policy in regard to diplomatic, intelligence gathering, development and related areas. This panel brings together key contributors to this conversation to discuss how the current regime could be improved to produce enhanced results and limit unintended adverse effects.


  • Gary Shiffman, Chief Executive Officer, Giant Oak, Inc

  • Jennifer Calvery, Deputy Head, Financial Crimes Compliance, HSBC Holdings PLC HGHQ

  • Chip Poncy, President and Co-Founder, Financial Integrity Network; Senior Advisor, Foundation of Defense of Democracies' Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance

  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Economics and Security Program, Center for a New American Security

  • Suzanne Williams, Deputy Associate Director, Bank Supervision & Regulation, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System


  • Sharon Cohen Levin, Partner, WilmerHale

Giant Oak CEO Gary Shiffman speaking at ABA/ABA Money Laundering Enforcement Conference

Giant Oak CEO Gary Shiffman speaking at ABA/ABA Money Laundering Enforcement Conference


November 13, 2016; 10 - 12 PM & 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Transaction monitoring is the norm for AML, but what about the non-transactional interactions? How can ATM balance inquiries, mobile account balance views from multiple devices, and phone bank calls, support your monitoring program?  Also, is it possible to use customer interaction data, (geolocation and device ID) to provide linkages to seemingly unrelated transactions?  We’ll explore the opportunities and challenges of interaction monitoring, including the specter of “raising the bar” of regulatory expectations. 


  • C. Michael Raffa, Executive Vice President, Managing Director, Chief AML Officer and Head of Financial Crimes, Santander Bank, NA


  • Gary M. Shiffman, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Giant Oak, Inc
  • Georges Korsun, Managing Director, PwC
  • James R. Richards, Executive Vice President/BSA Officer, Wells Fargo & Company

Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC