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AAFCPAs Earns SOC for Cybersecurity Services Certificate

AAFCPAs Earns SOC for Cybersecurity Services Certificate

AAFCPAs’ Partners James Jumes, MBA, M.Ed. and Robin Kelley, CPA, CITP, CGMA, CSPM, CCSFP have earned the System and Organization Controls (SOC) for Cybersecurity Certificate issued by The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA). SOC for Cybersecurity is a new entity-wide cybersecurity audit that allows organizations to voluntarily report on their cybersecurity management programs to internal and external stakeholders with credibility. Companies are under increasing pressure to manage cybersecurity... continue reading

Are You Ready for GDPR? Broad Reaching User Data Regulations Take Effect May 2018

In 2016, the European Union (EU) approved the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is effective on May 25, 2018. These regulations are much broader reaching than US CAN-SPAM or the Canadian Anti Spam law, and while many view this legislation as a positive step for consumer protection, GDPR introduces new challenges for organizations who collect and process user data of European residents. AAFCPAs’ Business & IT Advisory Practice advises clients regarding GDPR... continue reading

AAFCPAs Urges Vigilance as Clients Respond to Uptick in Whaling Schemes, Cyber Threats

AAFCPAs would like to make clients aware that within the past two weeks, we have received two accounts from clients reporting their executives have been targeted by sophisticated whaling schemes requesting transfers of money. AAFCPAs would like to take this moment to remind you again of the critical importance of taking measures to protect against malicious cyber-attacks. We encourage you to re-read and share now with your team members our... continue reading

Data Backup & Recovery Plans Can Protect Your Organization from the Consequences of Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware is one of the most prevalent forms of malicious cyber-attacks facing businesses today. “The advent of new tools that wrap victims’ data with tough encryption technology, hard-to-trace digital currency like Bitcoin, and even online sites that offer to do the data ransoming in return for a piece of the action, have made this method of cybertheft much easier,” reported the NY Times. AAFCPAs advises clients to develop a Data... continue reading

Installing Patches Immediately Helps Protect Your Organization from Cyber Vulnerabilities

Cyber criminals often exploit known or not yet known vulnerabilities of the Operating System and/or other critical systems, such as a web server or a database, in order to penetrate your network/systems. In the recent WannaCry attack, hackers exploited the Microsoft Windows Server Message Block protocol and encrypted data demanding ransomware. There was a patch that Microsoft had provided but thousands of systems around the world had not yet installed... continue reading

AAFCPAs Guidance in Response to Equifax Data Breach

As you may be aware, Equifax, one of the United States’ three major consumer credit reporting agencies has been breached, and personal information of approximately 143 million Americans has been compromised. Information, including: names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver’s licenses, stored in Equifax’s databases have been stolen. Additionally, credit card numbers for about 209,000 people were exposed, as was “personal identifying information” on roughly 182,000 customers involved... continue reading

AAFCPAs releases 8-part educational podcast series, designed to help nonprofits thrive

AAFCPAs releases 8-part educational podcast series, designed to help nonprofits thrive

AAFCPAs is excited to announce the release of our 8-part educational podcast series offering actionable takeaways for organizations to improve efficiency, effectiveness and performance controls. This collection of podcasts is the 2nd series of recordings from AAFCPAs’ Annual Nonprofit Educational Seminar. These podcasts, and accompanying introductory videos, feature full audio of thought-provoking sessions recorded on May 3rd, 2017 in front of a live audience of 300+ nonprofit executives and board members.  Several... continue reading

Measures to Protect Against Malicious Ransomware

In the wake of the recent, global WannaCrypt ransomware attack, which crippled thousands of computers in more than 200,000 organizations and 150 countries, AAFCPAs would like to remind clients of the critical importance of taking measures to protect against malicious cyber-attack. What is ransomware and WannaCrypt? Ransomware is a malicious software that locks a device, such as a computer, tablet or smartphone and then demands a ransom to unlock it. ... continue reading

Cybersecurity for 2017: Empower Your People

Digital viruses and hackers are nothing new, but the severity and prominence of cyber attacks is growing.  Is the impact of breaches greater?  Or are there truly more breaches now than in the past? The answer is “yes” to both, as leaks and breaches were thrust into the spotlight during the recent election cycle.  Hackers have increased their reach into even the most sophisticated of organizations, capitalizing on lax security... continue reading