Hot Topics in Technology at the CCH Forward Together Virtual Conference

In addition to the latest updates on our products, the CCH Forward Together Virtual Conference brings in experts from around the country to talk about hot topics in technology. For example, these courses will cover trends, tips, and tricks for making the most of today’s technology for your firm.

COVID-19 and Information Security: Lessons Learned and How to Plan Your Offramp with Ken Pyle

Even before COVID-19, technology staff at accounting firms struggled with the challenges of securely meeting user demands. During this crisis, firms were quickly forced to balance the responsibilities of controlling the security perimeter, protecting firm data, while providing access to the workplace worldwide. Malicious actors and state adversaries have taken advantage of the vulnerabilities introduced during these sometimes chaotic, unplanned shifts. This session will review lessons learned from COVID-19 related breaches and attacks, how to design an “off-ramp” and remediate security issues when the firm can resume in-person operations, and practices and tools firms can adopt to address ongoing operational or technical flaws in their security posture.

Ken Pyle is a partner of DFDR Consulting specializing in Information Security, Computer Forensics, Enterprise Virtualization, and Network Engineering. Ken has an extensive background in Network Penetration and Remediation, Compliance and Secure Design. Prior to joining DFDR, he served as a Security and Network Engineer for several Information Technology companies and as the IT Director/Security Engineer of a large accounting firm. Ken has consulted with financial institutions, banks, government defense contractors and other highly secure facilities on issues of Information Security, Computer Forensics and Secure Network Design.

Convergence of Emerging Technologies: Where Big Data Analytics, AI/ML, & Quantum Computing Intersect with Mark Staut

The Robo-Accountants have risen. Big Data is doubling every two years. Meanwhile, firms are working to analyze and identify new insights into business at a non-stop pace. How will firms be able to keep up? Enter the Quantum Computers. We will define quantum computing and its capabilities and potential. In addition, we will debunk the myths and separate the facts from the hype. Finally, we will explore the intersection of the most important emerging technologies of our time, look at how they will be and transformed by quantum computing, and identify what firms can do today to prepare themselves!

Marc Staut is chief innovation and information officer at Boomer Consulting, Inc. He feels that “technology should be an enabler—something that’s approachable, aligned with and integral to the success of each firm.” He is a regular speaker, author, and panelist on technology in the accounting profession, cloud computing, mobile technology, leadership, and vision. In addition, with 17 years of experience in accounting technology, he has held many roles and advised firms of all sizes as an industry thought leader, including most recently as principal and CIO at CohnReznick.

Inspector Gadget with David Cieslak

Gizmos and gadgets have become an indispensable part of our digital lives. They tansform the way we work, play, and live as a result. From cloud computing, mobile, and hybrid devices to entertainment, home automation, as well as the Internet-of-Things—every aspect of our days is impacted by the latest hot topics in technology. Join “Inspector Gadget” as he shares cutting-edge tech trends and the hottest gear that everyone will want to consider.

David M. Cieslak, CPA, CITP, CGMA, GSEC, is chief cloud officer and EVP with RKL eSolutions, a leading business process automation consulting firm. He is responsible for helping companies grow strategically with cloud-based solutions and industry-specific service expertise for ERP, CPM, CRM, AP Automation, as well as other critical business processes. A frequent speaker, he moonlights as his alter ego, “Inspector Gadget,” to keep business leaders entertained and informed on ways they can effectively leverage the latest technology in their personal and professional lives.

Technology Observations During the COVID-19 Pandemic with James Piller

COVID-19 presented an unexpected challenge to how accounting firms function and how well they are prepared for unplanned events. This session will examine the challenges and gains from a functional, technological, logistical, and security-focused viewpoint. In fact, the leap from business as usual to the new norm exposed the reality of transitioning to a new environment. As a result, we experienced a change in people skills, tools, and security, along with technical observations, challenges, and learnings.

James Piller heads the Systems Consulting and Training Practice Group at Margolin, Winer & Evens. As a consultant for a number of Fortune 500 companies, he specializes in working with organizations that understand the strategic nature of business goals with technology projects, implementation strategies and security issues as well as how they relate to their success. Additionally, Jim is a frequent lecturer/panelist on information systems topics and a computer education trainer.

Learn more about hot topics in technology at the CCH Forward Together Virtual Conference. Find all the technology breakout sessions as well as sessions for audit, management, tax, and sales and use tax here.


Wolters Kluwer Tax and Accounting

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