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Matt Gardiner, CPA, CFE, Audit Manager For organizations lacking dedicated IT departments or comprehensive controls and risk assessments, cybersecurity threats are a growing concern. As organizations increasingly rely on digital technologies for data-driven decision making, member-relations, and supply chain operations, the potential for a cyber attack grows significantly. Without adequate cybersecurity measures in place, your...

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ACFE Global Fraud Conference

By Mark Gardiner, CPA, CFE, Partner The week of June 12, I attended the 34th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference in Seattle, Washington. There were over 5,000 who attended the conference in person and “virtually”. It included individuals who worked in law enforcement, corporate governance, cyber security, Department of Justice and risk management.  There were...

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2022 Global Study on Occupational Fraud and Abuse

By:  Mark Gardiner, Partner, CPA, CFE The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners released their 2022 edition of the Report to the Nations fraud study last spring. This study contains over 2,110 cases of occupational fraud that were investigated between January 2020 and September 2021. This study published each year by the Association of Certified Fraud...

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Cybersecurity Thoughts – Ryan Taylor, Partner

About two months ago, the FBI’s cyber division issued an alert for the food and agriculture sector stating that, “ransomware actors may be more likely to attack agricultural cooperatives during the critical planting and harvest seasons” like the early spring and fall. Were you aware of this alert? Are you prepared to handle a cyberattack...

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Whistleblower Hotlines: Phone, Web-Based, and E-mail

By: Matt Gardiner, CPA CFE Whistleblower hotlines are the most effective way to enable staff, customers, and vendors to report fraud and unethical activities occurring at your organization. Historically, this has meant maintaining an actual telephone line where whistleblowers could call in tips, however over the last few years these hotlines have evolved to include...

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