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Coffee With a Side of Cybersecurity
Many of our educational program topics are identified and developed by the
members of our interest groups.
Our new Cybersecurity Conference was born over corned beef hash and pan-
cakes in a tiny booth at Cristy's Luncheonette in Westbrook.
The technology gurus from the CTCPA Technology Interest Group decided
years ago that, rather than holding formal meetings, they would meet up over
breakfast at diners and luncheonettes around the state.
These roundtables are open to any member who would like to stop in just to
listen or to get advice from fellow members who have a unique perspective as
accounting professionals with specialized skills or interest in technology. Have
a question about accounting software, storing data in the cloud, or buying a
new tablet? Stop in to one of their monthly meetings, which rotate between
Westbrook, Rocky Hill, and Shelton (see page 8 to find a schedule of upcoming
This is a fun group, they love to talk tech, and they're always happy to help.
The February meeting is often a quiet one, as many members are hunkered
down in the thick of busy season. At this past February's meeting, staff liaison
Melissa Thompson sat down with interest group chair Mark Torello and mem-
ber Frank Casella to plan breakfast topics for the coming year. (Although most
meetings have a pre-planned topic to help spur conversation, the group never
limits the discussion and all questions are welcome.)
The focus turned to the vast sea of cybersecurity risks members should know
more about, and they quickly agreed this needed to be one of the coming
year's topics. "Is this important enough that it should be a formal two-hour
educational session?" Melissa asked. Yes, they agreed, and started to make
a list of the specific topics that should be covered. Several cups of coffee
later, the list had gown, and the educational event needed to cover it all grew
from a morning session to a half-day program to a full-day conference with
breakout sessions.
As a CPA and IT security expert, Mark is passionate about making sure
his fellow members understand the unique risks and considerations fac-
ing accounting professionals. We asked him to share some of his insights
and advice, which you can read in "Client Data Is a Virtual Treasure Trove:
Why CPA firms must be vigilant about cybersecurity" on page 24.
This issue also continues our Workplace of the Future series with a piece by
management coach and Millennial Brianna Johnson, who shares tips on how to
engage and retain your younger workers, including the newest employees just
joining the workforce, Gen Z. Check it out on page 20.
July/August 2017
Vol. 58, Issue 4
Kirsten Piechota, Managing Editor
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CTCPA opinions or positions nor do they
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CTCPA Board of Directors
Bradley D. Kronstat, CPA
Susan A. Martinelli, CPA
Dennis W. Cole, CPA
Edwin R. Muenzner, CPA
Marie L. Benedetto, CPA
Mitchell R. Insero, CPA
Michael P. Jordan, CPA
CTCPA Advisory Council Chair
Connecticut CPA Staff
Bonnie Stewart
Executive Director
Kirsten F. Piechota
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Mark Zampino
Julie E. McNeal, CPA
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