Shark Tank Star Talks Cybersecurity Trends and Tactics for Business

Free Nov. 1 Webcast by Global Accounting Association Features Herjavec Group Founder

NEW YORK – Massive data breaches at Equifax, Yahoo!, Target and other businesses prove cybersecurity is no longer an IT problem – it’s a critical business issue for companies. To help executives and accounting professionals gain insight into cybersecurity trends and best practices, the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association) will hold a free webcast on Nov. 1 with Robert Herjavec, a leading star of ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’ and founder and CEO of the Herjavec Group, a global information security company.

“Cybersecurity is a top concern for boards and businesses of every size and in every industry now, and rightly so,” Herjavec said. “Data protection is demanded by shareholders, customers and regulators, and companies need help in defining appropriate industry standards in threat prevention, detection and response.”

Providing solutions for organizations to tighten data security and demonstrate the soundness of their programs is a top priority for the Association. This past spring, the American Institute of CPAs, part of the Association, introduced a cybersecurity risk management reporting framework. The framework provides a common language for companies to voluntarily describe their cybersecurity efforts to investors and other stakeholders, as well as guidance for CPAs to examine and report on that information.

What: The webcast, Beat the Breach: Cybersecurity Expert and Shark Tank Star Robert Herjavec Talks Data Protection, will feature a conversation between Herjavec and Barry C. Melancon, CPA, CGMA, chief executive of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants.

When: Noon to 1 p.m. EDT, Nov. 1, 2017

Who: The webcast is designed for business executives, IT security officers, risk officers, internal auditors, cloud service providers, corporate board members, and CPAs and their clients.

Media access: Reporters can view the webcast by registering in advance with the Association’s media team. Please contact Jay Hyde,, or Jeff May,

About Robert Herjavec

Dynamic IT entrepreneur Robert Herjavec founded Herjavec Group in 2003 and it quickly became one of North America’s fastest growing technology companies. Today, Herjavec Group, with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, is a global leader in information security, specializing in managed security services, consulting, professional services and incident response. Robert has served as a cybersecurity advisor for the Government of Canada, participated in the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and recently joined the US Chamber of Commerce Task Force for Cybersecurity. He shares his expertise with other entrepreneurs each week as a leading Shark on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning hit Shark Tank.

About the American Institute of CPAs
The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world’s largest member association representing the CPA profession, with more than 418,000 members in 143 countries, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting. The AICPA sets ethical standards for its members and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, offers specialized credentials, builds the pipeline of future talent and drives professional competency development to advance the vitality, relevance and quality of the profession.

The AICPA maintains offices in New York, Washington, DC, Durham, NC, and Ewing, NJ.

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About the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association) is the most influential body of professional accountants, combining the strengths of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to power opportunity, trust and prosperity for people, businesses and economies worldwide. It represents 650,000 members and students in public and management accounting and advocates for the public interest and business sustainability on current and emerging issues. With broad reach, rigor and resources, the Association advances the reputation, employability and quality of CPAs, CGMAs and accounting and finance professionals globally. 

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