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Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber Security

What Is IoT And How Do Hackers Infiltrate Your Devices? An increasing number of companies are installing Internet of Things (IoT) devices on their networks. IoT devices are typically “black box” devices, the inner workings of which are unknown to most users. For example, HVAC systems, smart fridges, computer printers, and even cars can contain IoT-enabled technology that connects through WiFi or cellular and therefore can be considered IoT devices.... continue reading

Configuration & Application Vulnerabilities in Cyber & IT Security

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 The most common vulnerabilities are poor configurations and outdated/unpatched systems or applications.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 data. What are Countermeasures/Prevention Techniques? Change Management Organizations must establish and document their process for... continue reading

Common Social Engineering Cyber Attacks and Prevention Strategies

What is Social Engineering & what are the risks? 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 recipient to unwittingly perform an action;... continue reading

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... continue reading

People, Processes and Technology, the Three-Legged Stool: AAFCPAs to Lead MNN Educational Workshop

AAFCPAs’ Partner Janice O’Reilly, CPA, CGMA and Manager Dawn Pantano, CPA, CITP will present a timely, educational workshop at the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network’s 2018 Annual Conference in Framingham, MA on October 10th on the topic of right-sizing the modern finance function. Nonprofit finance departments are often juggling the day-to-day accounting and bookkeeping responsibilities alongside more complex and time consuming tasks, such as: HR-related activities; maintaining compliance; optimizing revenue; mergers &... continue reading

Educational Podcast: Cybersecurity in 2018

Educational Podcast: Cybersecurity in 2018

Listen to Podcast Click here to listen to podcast or use the above media player. Techniques of cyber-criminals continue to evolve. A recent study shared by InfoSecurity Magazine reports “Cyber-criminals have adopted an organizational shift in how they carry out their work, implementing corporate best practices and establishing professional businesses to increase the efficiency of their attacks against enterprises and consumers.” This means advanced persistent threats specifically targeted at your organization and... continue reading

AAFCPAs to Lead System and Organization Controls (SOC) Reporting Forum for PrimeGlobal, National CPA Firm Association

AAFCPAs’ James Jumes, MBA, M. Ed has been selected to lead the North American System and Organization Controls (SOC) Reporting Special Interest Group (SIG) for PrimeGlobal, an international association of independent accounting firms. James is uniquely qualified to lead this national SIG, which will serve as a forum for peers to share their interpretations and implementations of these complex attestation standards (Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 18 “SSAEs 18”), as well as... continue reading

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

AAFCPAs’ Business Process & IT Advisory Practice to Present Cyber Security Session at National Housing Partnership Network Meeting

Vassilis Kontoglis, manager in AAFCPAs’ Business Process & IT Advisory practice, will present an educational workshop on Cyber Security at the Housing Partnership Network’s (HPN) 2018 Spring Membership Meeting in Minneapolis, MN scheduled for June 6th – 8th. The Housing Partnership Network is a valued client of AAFCPAs. They are a collaborative network of 100 top-performing, high-capacity nonprofit housing developers, owners, and financial institutions throughout the United States.  AAFCPAs provides audit, tax, and business process... continue reading

AAFCPAs’ Business Process & IT Advisory Practice to Present Cyber Security Session to National Jewish Cemetery Association Members

Vassilis Kontoglis, manager in AAFCPAs’ Business Process & IT Advisory practice, will present an educational workshop at the 10th Annual Jewish Cemetery Association of North America (JCANA) Conference scheduled for June 4th – 10th, 2018.  The theme of this year’s Conference is “Bringing Jewish Cemeteries into the 21st Century,” and this includes managing risks associated with a new generation of IT security threats. We have entered a new era of... continue reading