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The COVID-19 pandemic has created a plethora of new opportunities for hackers to steal personal information and business data. More workers than ever are adapting to remote work while organizations scramble to mitigate threats to data and privacy. What are the best methods to prevent fraud during this unprecedented change to our working environment?

Join GRF for an interactive discussion on how fraud has evolved during the pandemic with real world examples of the impacts to affected organizations. Participants will learn fundamental strategies to mitigate cyber risk and circumvent data breaches at various levels of the organization. Our fraud experts will also discuss best practices and internal controls to ensure that your sensitive information is protected.

Participants will come away with an updated understanding of the evolution and acceleration of fraud during COVID-19 by looking at recent events and current schemes used by hackers. They will also learn the fundamentals of how to protect their organization from fraudulent activity through financial and information technology controls and best practices.


  • The increase in fraudulent activity
  • Implementing strategy and controls
  • Security awareness training
  • Third-party due diligence
  • Business continuity and disaster recovery plans
  • New technologies to protect your organization

For additional information on current cybersecurity challenges, review these resources for fraud and cybersecurity insights and best practices.

Successful Nonprofit Cybersecurity & Privacy for Remote Work
Elements of Successful Cybersecurity
Consider a Virtual CISO to Meet Your Current Cybersecurity Challenges
Ways COVID-19 is Reshaping Cybersecurity, Privacy and Fraud Risk
IT Security is More Critical than Ever for Nonprofits and Associations


Walt Derengowski ,CPA, CFE | Audit Partner

Mr. Derengowski has over 15 years of public accounting experience with GRF CPAs & Advisors servicing the nonprofit sector exclusively. He manages audits for a wide variety of nonprofit clients like trade associations, charitable organizations, nongovernmental organizations, private foundations, political action committees and other similar institutions. He frequently travels internationally working with clients to audit federal award programs in accordance with the Uniform Guidance/OMB Circulars.

Mac Lillard, CPA, CFE, CISA, CRISC, CITP, PCIP | Audit Risk and Advisory Supervisor

Mr. Lillard  is an Audit & Risk Advisory Service Supervisor with GRF CPAs & Advisors. He performs a variety of audit work to ensure the client’s internal controls are appropriate and compliant with donor requirements.  Additionally, he helps clients evaluate their risk universe and provide recommendations to ensure they operate in the most strategic and efficient manner. He has been with the firm since 2014.


Additional Program Details

  • Learning Objective: To provide attendees with a better understanding of fraud and cybersecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Instructional Delivery Methods: Group Internet-based
  • Recommended CPE: 1.0 CPE
  • Recommended Fields of Study: Information Technology
  • Prerequisites: None Required
  • Advance Preparation: None
  • Program Level: Basic
  • Course Registration Requirements: None
  • Refund Policy: No fee is required to participate in this session.
  • Cancellation Policy: In the event that the presentation is cancelled or rescheduled, participants will be contacted immediately with details.
  • Complaint Resolution Policy: GRF CPAs & Advisors is committed to our participants’ 100% satisfaction and will make every reasonable effort to resolve complaints as quickly as possible. Please contact with any concerns.

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