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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

Hurricane Harvey Creates Opportunities for Cyber Criminals

AAFCPAs would like to make clients aware of a recent alert issued by the US Department of Homeland Security warning citizens about the possible emergence of malicious cyber activity by those seeking to capitalize on interest from Hurricane Harvey. AAFCPAs reminds readers to follow some basic guidelines: Keep your antivirus, malware and other computer software up-to-date. Use caution opening emails, and pay close attention to the sender’s name and address.... continue reading

Best Practices for Complying with HIPAA & Safeguarding Patient PHI Accessible to Your Business Associates

Healthcare is predicted to be the most targeted industry for cyberattacks in 2017, according to the 2017 Data Breach Industry Forecast from Experian.   “Electronic health records remain likely to be a top target for hackers,” Experian found. To further heighten & complicate these risks, providers’ responsibilities for protecting personal health information (PHI) under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) extend to certain vendors, referred to as “business... 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

CFOs Embrace the Cloud for Scalability, Reliability, and Independence

CFOs are more commonly migrating services to the Cloud in order to unlock benefits that can help them free up resources and achieve a new level of scalability. They and their management teams are capturing greater reliability, cost-effectiveness, and security through the right Cloud services. The Cloud used to fall mainly under the jurisdiction of IT departments. However, as CFOs participate more and more in the technology shift across the... continue reading

AAFCPAs Adds Consulting Expertise in Business Process and IT Systems

AAFCPAs is pleased to announce the addition of Brian O’Connor, Manager, to the firm’s Business Process & IT Advisory practice.  Brian brings over 15 years of experience working with Information Technology systems in both an operations management and audit capacity.  He provides clients with actionable insights on internal control enhancements, business process improvement, and technology systems selection with seamless integration. Click here to read Brian O’Connor’s Profile. AAFCPAs’ integrated Business... continue reading

Using Technology to Gain Efficiency and Internal Control in Major Business Processes

Morning Workshop at Providers’ Council 40th Annual Convention & Expo AAFCPAs Partners Robin Kelley, CPA, CGMA, and James Jumes, along with AAFCPAs’ clients Timothy Barrett, Controller, Pine Street Inn and Andrew Caires, Director of Fiscal Services, Center for Human Development, Inc. will present an interactive Workshop to discuss ways in which technology may be used to gain efficiency and internal control in major business processes. Improvements and thoughtful implementation of... continue reading

IT Security Alert: Do you have computers running Windows XP?

You may be aware that Microsoft is discontinuing support of XP as of April 8, 2014. What does this mean, and what steps should be taken to minimize risk? Tom Murphy, Microsoft’s spokesman handling the end of XP support says: “Our guidance is that you need to get off XP. It’s really that black and white,” Running an XP computer on a network introduces an information security risk to your... continue reading