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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

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 employees. AAFCPAs presented this important, and informative session again this year, recognizing that IT security... 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

AAFCPAs Enhances Consulting Expertise in Cybersecurity, IT Systems, Business Process, and Performance Controls

AAFCPAs Enhances Consulting Expertise in Cybersecurity, IT Systems, Business Process, and Performance Controls

Due to growth in client demand, AAFCPAs expands its Business Process & IT Advisory Practice with the addition of two deeply experienced Managers: Dawn Pantano, CPA, CITP, and Mr. Anderson, MCSE, CCNP, CISSP. Dawn and Mr. Anderson are highly regarded for their expertise in IT security, business continuity, and selecting and deploying key business applications and technologies to meet corporate objectives, and drive productivity. These valuable additions present AAFCPAs’ clients... continue reading

People, Processes, and Systems Will Lead CFOs to a Right-Sized Finance Department

A strong economy brings a breadth of opportunities for growing businesses, and there is no doubt that Boston has been enjoying an upward trajectory for some time.  Indeed, the labor market in our region has far outpaced the country’s average year over year employment growth, and is among the top metropolitan areas when it comes to recent gains. It is an exciting environment, but one that presents unique challenges for... 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