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AAFCPAs to Present Workshop on Internal Controls & IT Countermeasures to Mitigate Risks

AAFCPAs’ Vassilis Kontoglis and David Kelleher will present an educational workshop on Best Practices in Internal Controls and IT Security to assist in mitigating risk at The Massachusetts Association of Early Education & Care (MADCA) Administration and Management Conference, in Worcester, MA on November 28th.

Risk Management requires continuous improvement, and organizations must stay vigilant, and learn & adapt over time. In this interactive session, AAFCPAs will highlight critical risk management principles and techniques that assist in mitigating vulnerabilities targeted by today’s cybersecurity intrusions and incidents. In addition, attendees will review some of the most frequently misunderstood internal control recommendations and how they mitigate risks, including issues specific to early education and care providers.

In this interactive session, attendees will learn:

  • Countermeasures to IT systems risks, including: people, processes, and technologies
  • How to educate employees to avoid phishing scams and ransomware attacks
  • Best practice internal control recommendations specific to early education and care providers

Vassilis is a member of AAFCPAs’ Business Performance, Internal Controls & IT Advisory Practice, and a highly-skilled IT professional with proven expertise in: cyber security and IT risk assessments, business process improvement and change management, information systems gap analyses, systems selection & implementation, IT auditing, and special attestation reporting.

Dave has a long history, deeply rooted in providing professional services for the human and social services sector, including comprehensive expertise serving Early Education and Care (EEC), and multiservice organizations.

We are happy to share our expertise for the benefit of early education and care providers, their families and communities.

For more information, please contact David Kelleher, Partner at 774.512.4042, dkelleher@nullaafcpa.com, or Vassilis Kontoglis, Manager at 774.512.4069, vkontoglis@nullaafcpa.com.

About the Authors

Dana Marks
Dave has been serving AAF clients since 1997. He has extensive experience providing assurance, tax, and business advisory solutions to nonprofit organizations and closely-held companies. Dave’s diverse nonprofit client base includes: community development centers, independent schools, human and social services organizations, and early education and care (EEC) agencies. Dave has extensive nonprofit tax experience, advising clients on complex issues such as unrelated business income tax, state filing requirements, related party and executive compensation disclosures. He also helps clients identify and address risks related to their Uniform Financial Report (UFR) and other funding source regulations. Dave specializes in providing federal and state audits to the firm's clients in accordance with Uniform Guidance/Single Audit and Government Auditing Standards.
Vassilis Kontoglis
Vassilis is a highly-skilled IT professional with proven expertise in: business process improvement and change management, information systems gap analyses, cyber security and IT risk assessments, systems selection & implementation, IT auditing, and special attestation reporting (SSAE 18 and SOC 2). Vassilis performs comprehensive and thorough reviews of technology systems and environments, and advises clients on how to use technology to best achieve business goals and objectives.  He elicits input from stakeholders at all levels of the organizational hierarchy in order to thoroughly evaluate business performance across functional boundaries.  He analyzes current and potential business and IT processes to identify clear opportunities for improvement, which may include streamlining and automation, productivity increases, strategic alignment and cost reductions.