State Board Report
NASBA has made significant investment in protecting its environment against the worldwide growing security threats, NASBA Chief Information Officer Cheryl Farrar reported to the July 18 meeting of the NASBA Board of Directors. “We have made substantial process improvements, acquired additional software tools to monitor our IT environment, went so far as to use tools that hackers employ to make sure our systems are safeguarded against hackers gaining access to our technology assets, established expanded security governance, designed new mobile device controls, set new standards for developing systems, and reviewed all of NASBA’s applications from a security perspective, “Ms. Farrar stated. She explained that IT security professionals detect 160,000 new viruses daily and there are periodic attempts to hack the NASBA servers and applications. “This means we have to protect our perimeter,” Ms. Farrar advised.
Besides increasing security, Ms. Farrar reported the NASBA IT department this year has: established a governance model to ensure that NASBA’s business units decide what IT works on and includes that in the fiscal policy; rolled out the interface for CPAES, CPA Central and the internal Hub’s launch; made improvements to the Accountancy Licensee Database; launched the CPE Audit Tool sites; and made operating system upgrades to the Gateway system.
Among the projects set for the coming year, Ms. Farrar said the IT department will: begin the Gateway rewrite; improve data management and reporting; enhance the software development life cycle; complete an infrastructure platform migration; consider developing mobile capabilities for candidates working with cell phones and tablets; and make service desk improvements.
Executive Vice President and COO Colleen Conrad praised Ms. Farrar for having done a great job of pulling together a “terrific” IT team, including Chief Information Security Officer Roy Hall and NASBA’s Infrastructure Services Director Jeff Oliver. President Ken L. Bishop expressed his pride in the team as well.
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