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CFOs Seek to Overcome Staffing Shortfalls to Meet Goals, According to AAFCPAs CFO Survey

CFOs Seek to Overcome Staffing Shortfalls to Meet Goals,  According to AAFCPAs CFO Survey

AAFCPAs’ inaugural report uncovers key issues for CFOs Boston, Mass. (October 30, 2017) – AAFCPAs, a best-in-class CPA and consulting firm known for assurance, tax, accounting, wealth management, valuation, and business & IT advisory solutions, today announced the results of its inaugural CFO survey. The results are captured in AAFCPAs’ report, “Behind Every Thriving Organization is A High-Functioning CFO.” The report, conducted in collaboration with The Boston Chapter of Financial Executives... 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

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

Fraud in the News Emphasizes the Need for Segregation of Duties

Recent news headlines expose several financial accounting scandals, and AAFCPAs brings these to your attention in an effort to increase awareness and remind clients about the importance of implementing and verifying adequate segregation of duties.  In these stories, embezzlers use their position, their employer’s misplaced trust, and inadequate fraud risk management to defraud these organizations of millions of dollars.  We remind clients to “trust but verify” to safeguard company assets.... continue reading

AAFCPAs to Present Educational Workshops on Fraud Prevention, Revenue Recognition at National Business Officers Conference in L.A. Benefiting Independent Schools

AAFCPAs has been selected to present complimentary educational workshops on two important topics at the National Business Officers Association’s 2016 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles on February 21-24th.  This is a must-attend conference for business officers and other independent school leaders, providing exceptional professional development programming and networking opportunities for over 1,000 independent school professionals from across the country. Conducting a Fraud Risk Assessment and Developing Your Fraud Risk Management... continue reading

ALERT: Non-profits are the latest target of Phishing Schemes

AAFCPAs has been alerted by a number of nonprofit clients that they are receiving emails from scammers who are disguising themselves as an internal, senior member of the organization’s management team. These emails look legitimate and are from an email address very similar to the organization’s email, with a slight variation. In the email there is an urgent request to fund a wire transfer or disclose secure financial information.  The... 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

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