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Be Cyber Smart: decrease risks and protect yourself online

Now in its 18th year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month (October) continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our Nation so Americans can take the steps they need to be safer and more secure online.

To decrease cybersecurity risks and protect yourself online, AAFCPAs offers cybersecurity technical and non-technical resources to help you and your business improve your cybersecurity posture. These tools are not only valuable during Cybersecurity Awareness Month but throughout the year.

Access AAFCPAs’ Cybersecurity Resources:

  • IT & Cybersecurity HealthCheck – This 360-degree checklist is designed to assist clients in surfacing, understanding, and managing priority IT risks that may be mitigated to better secure your organization’s Personally Identifiable Information (PII), Electronic Health Records (HER), client records, proprietary information, and/or other sensitive data. Clients are encouraged to utilize this resource in discussions with your IT services group and as part of a more comprehensive Enterprise Risk Management Program.
  • eBook: Best Practices for Reducing IT & Cyber Risks – AAFCPAs’ IT Security professionals outline the most prevalent risks and share critical security measures to mitigate these risks.
  • Videos: AAFCPAs’ Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Mr. Anderson, shares strategies bad actors use to gain access to sensitive information.
  • Eye on Cyber: A Day in the Life of an Ethical Hacker – In this instructive podcast, AAFCPAs’ IT Security professionals James Jumes and Vassilis Kontoglis go behind the disguise with our in-house Certified Ethical Hacker, who reveals a day in the life of an Ethical Hacker. We review some of the covert tricks and techniques he uses! Additionally, we review the key cyber risk categories that are part of comprehensive Cyber Risk Assessments, as well as best practice recommendations to immediately enhance your cybersecurity posture.

AAFCPAs reminds clients to #BeCyberSmart. AAFCPAs assist clients in reducing their cybersecurity risks and protecting themselves online.

If you have questions, please contact Vassilis Kontoglis at 774.512.4069, vkontoglis@nullaafcpa.comJames Jumes at 774.512.4062, jjumes@nullaafcpa.com; or your AAFCPAs Partner.

About the Authors

James Jumes
James joined AAFCPAs in 2013 to lead the Business Consulting Services practice. He has more than 25 years of experience working with information technology systems and diverse business operational processes. James is highly experienced in IT controls and assurance, SOX 404, and Service Organization Control (SOC) reports: SOC 1 (SSAE 18), SOC 2, SOC 2+ and 3 attestation reporting.  James developed a unique methodology to delivering SOC reporting services, and he is an AICPA-approved Peer Review SOC Specialist, assisting peer review teams to review SOC 1, 2, 2+ and 3 engagements. He is a HITRUST Certified Common Security Framework (CSF) Practitioner, providing HITRUST CSF self-assessment consulting, or SOC 2 + HITRUST for assessing against the evolving compliance landscape shaped by HITECH, HIPAA, CMS and various other federal, state and business requirements.
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.