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NCURA 64th Annual Meeting: Crack the Code

Join Baker Tilly as our higher education risk, cybersecurity and research administration specialists present two sessions at the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) 64th annual meeting. This event offers attendees the opportunity to gain new knowledge, expand their professional network and strengthen their connection to the research community.

Baker Tilly is a proud annual sponsor of NCURA. Connect with our research institutions specialists as we sponsor the Sunday night networking reception at the Spy Museum and throughout the conference!

Baker Tilly sessions:

Roundtable: Does your research data security posture support your researchers and research strategy?

Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022
10:15 – 11:30 a.m. ET

Research dollars and data now come with more terms and conditions than ever before. Many of these newer requirements relate to protecting and sharing data. Unfortunately, some of the grants, contracts and cooperative agreements are loaded up with so many disparate security and privacy terms that it is challenging to determine what really matters. To effectively achieve your research strategy, the institution needs a research data security posture that enables your team to easily conduct research while maintaining the integrity and, in some cases, the confidentiality of their data. This is much easier said than done. In this session, the speaker will engage participants in an interactive roundtable discussion focused on two key questions: How is your institution's research data security posture addressing key requirements? And, how do you know that research data security posture will effectively enable your research strategy?

Learning objectives:
  • Understand why an effective research data security posture can enable researchers
  • Gain insight from peers on how their institutions address research data security
  • Take away potential solutions and strategies for research data security
  • Mike Cullen, CISA, CISSP, CIPP/US, Principal and Leader, Higher Education Cybersecurity and Information Technology

Combatting fraud in research: Best practices in fraud risk assessments

Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022
4 – 5 p.m. ET

Research institutions face the same fraud risks and schemes as any other organization (think falsified payroll, inflated expense reports, use of procurement cards for personal purchases, etc.), plus, research-specific frauds such as misallocation of costs and improper effort reporting. In this session, we will outline key financial fraud risks, common fraud schemes impacting research institutions and how a fraud risk assessment program may help prevent and detect fraud at your institution.

Learning objectives:
  • Understand key fraud risks and schemes for today's research institutions
  • Outline the basics of a fraud risk assessment, including who performs them, what to focus on and what to look for
  • Engage in case studies and examples of how a fraud risk assessment can help protect your institution from fraud on sponsored awards
  • Ashley Deihr, CPA, CIA, CFE, Partner, Higher Education, Research Institutions and Academic Medical Centers
  • Will Hoffer, Senior Consultant, Risk Advisory, Baker Tilly

We look forward to seeing you in D.C.!

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