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IT Execs Must Balance Security with Productivity

COVID-19 has challenged businesses to think about operations in a new way, and in many cases, your IT specialists may be supporting employees for the first time ever that were never intended or conceived to be remote or fully remote. This shift in the way we work has created competing interests for IT departments, who […]

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 […]

How CFOs Plan to Use Data

How CFOs Plan to Use Data

CFOs are ready for change when it comes to how they use data. An AAFCPAs survey of 200+ New England financial executives revealed they are seeking better ways to predict what is coming, in addition to the age-old practice of analyzing what has been. Their challenge lies in solving for people, process, and system limitations.

AAFCPAs’ 2021 CFO Survey Finds Data Management Is Catalyst for Change

AAFCPAs’ 2021 CFO Survey Finds Data Management Is Catalyst for Change

CFOs seek better inputs, predictability, and the talent to translate data Boston, MA (August 10, 2021) – AAFCPAs, a best-in-class CPA and consulting firm known for assurance, tax, accounting, wealth management, valuation, business process, and IT advisory solutions, today released its 2021 CFO Survey Report. The survey found that across the board, CFOs are prioritizing […]

Cyber Health Check: Outsourced Services

Cyber Health Check: Outsourced Services

If you outsource services such as payroll processing, loan servicing, data center/co-location/IT Managed Services, Software as a Service (SaaS), or medical claims processing, you rely on the service provider to keep your data secure, maintain confidentiality, integrity of processing, availability of services or systems, and/or privacy. However, AAFCPAs reminds clients that outsourcing may expose your […]

Cyber Health Check: Software and Hardware Configurations

Cyber Health Check: Software and Hardware Configurations

Despite the best efforts of IT teams, organizations continue to be plagued with IT security vulnerabilities in their systems by both internal and external threats. The most common vulnerabilities are poor configurations and outdated/unpatched systems or applications. These vulnerabilities may subject your organization to the risk of hackers gaining access to sensitive employee or client […]

Cyber Health Check: Social Engineering Preparedness

Cyber Health Check: Social Engineering Preparedness

The human component of cyber security is the weakest link in protecting your organization against external threats. Recently, social engineering attacks have become the most prevalent type of threat within reported cyber breaches. Social engineering is a malicious activity in which bad actors produce items such as false emails with the intent to persuade the […]

Cyber Health Check: Assess Your Infrastructure Resiliency

Cyber Health Check: Assess Your Infrastructure Resiliency

In the course of day-to-day operations, businesses may not always anticipate and prepare for widespread power outages or other disruptions to their physical space. Reflecting on the recent Texas infrastructure failure, AAFCPAs provides key questions to determine if you are positioned for resiliency in the face of disruptions. AAFCPAs’ IT Security Specialists designed a short […]

Cyber Health Check: Assess Your IT Controls

Cyber Health Check: Assess Your IT Controls

Information Technology General Controls (ITGCs) help organizations guard their systems and operations against IT-related risks in critical business areas like finance, purchasing, and payroll. ITGCs are the foundation for the overall IT control environment as they provide the assurance that systems operate as intended and that output is reliable. (For public companies, these controls support […]

Cyber Health Check: Assess the IT/Cyber Security of Your Remote Workforce

Cyber Health Check: Assess the IT/Cyber Security of Your Remote Workforce

COVID-19 has challenged businesses to think about operations in a new way, and in many cases, your IT services group may be supporting employees for the first time ever that were never intended nor conceived to be remote or fully remote. With an increased risk of employees falling prey to cyber-attacks, AAFCPAs advises clients to […]