With Anti-Countefeit & Currency Conference around the corner, we speak with Kerre Corbin, Counterfeit Analyst at De La Rue who will be sharing her trailblazing knowledge at the Plenary Session 'Know Your Counterfeiter', taking place November 7, 2018.
Read the full interview below to get an insight into Kerre's background, what projects she's currently working on and what you can expect to hear at her conference session.
Hi Kerre, please can you tell us about your background and current role. What are your key focus areas and responsibilities?
I started my forensic career with the US Secret Service (USSS), examining genuine and counterfeit US Dollars. As a Counterfeit Specialist, I conducted forensic examinations on US banknotes and Treasury checks and issued technical reports that were used in criminal prosecutions. I worked there for over 12 years before deciding to join De La Rue.
Now at De La Rue, I examine counterfeit banknotes from many of our customers, especially when they are making important decisions about future series. This has given me the unique opportunity to share my expertise on US currency with other countries. I am also working with product authentication, passport and identity documents to increase their counterfeit resilience. The counterfeit team provides counterfeit training courses, from beginner to the expert level, as well as customized training for specific needs.
What inspired you to work within the banknote and secure document industries?
During one of my forensic courses at the University of Central Florida, a Counterfeit Specialist from the USSS gave a lecture about counterfeit currency. I was hooked! I knew this is what I wanted to do. So, I applied for an internship at the USSS headquarters building in Washington, DC. It took a while for the background check, but I eventually moved to Washington, DC. After my internship, I had to wait for someone to quit or die (luckily that didn’t happen) to apply for the job. It has been my passion ever since. This career has given me the opportunity to travel all over the world and help people understand banknotes and their role in society.
By creating complex layers within the banknote and integrating everything effectively, you can start to build a document that is very challenging for the counterfeiter to simulate.
What are some of the projects you are currently working on? What are you aiming to uncover?
I am currently working on expanding our security feature and banknote adversarial analysis program. I am hoping to set up some common testing methodologies around the scan and print counterfeiting technique for both paper and polymer banknotes. Through adversarial analysis, one can determine where the weaknesses of a particular feature or design lies. This helps De La Rue develop security features that are more counterfeit resistant to all types of counterfeiting methods. We are also looking at how the origination of a banknote design can be used to increase security. By creating complex layers within the banknote and integrating everything effectively, you can start to build a document that is very challenging for the counterfeiter to simulate.
What are the biggest challenges you expect the secure document industry to face in the next 1-3 years?
The dark net is and will prove to be a big challenge for law enforcement. It has enabled the criminals to work together and collaborate on techniques and materials for counterfeiting.
Learning about your counterfeiter, by examining their product, will help you design and develop more secure banknotes.
You’re speaking at the Anti-Counterfeit & Currency Conference, could you give us a sneak-peak of what the audience can take away?
Besides a fabulous and energetic presentation? This will be a demonstration of the challenges and choices that counterfeiters make to pursue their criminal activity. Learning about your counterfeiter, by examining their product, will help you design and develop more secure banknotes.
To our readers in the banknote and secure document industries, what advice would you give them about attending the Anti-Counterfeit & Currency Expo 2018?
Enjoy! And wear comfortable shoes…
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