Security's Most Influential People in Security 2019 - Bruce Dorris
J.D., CFE, CPA; President and CEO Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Bruce Dorris is the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). He also serves as an advisory member to the ACFE Board of Regents. Dorris has conducted anti-fraud training for the United Nations, the American Bankers Association, colleges and universities around the world, as well as with the FBI, GAO and other federal and state law enforcement agencies in the U.S.
Dorris earned his Juris Doctor from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University and is licensed to practice law in state and federal courts in Texas and Louisiana. He served as a prosecutor in Louisiana for 13 years, focusing primarily on financial crime investigations.
Dorris has helped design and teach many security-focused anti-fraud courses during his 11-year tenure at the ACFE. He successfully balances the needs of members with the needs of association employees.
He says that he owes his current position to his time spent in law enforcement. “Before becoming a full-time prosecutor many years ago, I initially thought it would be a good avenue to get a couple of years of litigation experience and, perhaps, get me on a partnership path quicker at a law firm (or so I thought). Thirteen years later, I was still prosecuting full time and enjoying every second of it. I knew I was playing my part in righting wrongs and finding justice for so many victims. It has also led to numerous contacts in both the public and private sectors.”
“For those professionals seeking careers in law enforcement, you have a number of opportunities in front of you to find your passion,” Dorris adds. “I started out prosecuting a vast array of felonies but eventually worked into a full-time career prosecuting white collar crimes, leading me to where I am today at ACFE.”
“I have been very fortunate to mentor many young Certified Fraud Examiners (CFEs) in their careers,” he notes. “The ACFE launched a mentoring program in 2018 designed to help new CFEs, many in security and law enforcement, find their footing in the field, whether they were straight out of school or looking for a new professional challenge. I have personally worked with new CFEs, especially those transferring from law enforcement to the private sector, and it is so rewarding to watch them embrace the field of fraud examination.”