Avani Desai

Avani Desai is the President at Schellman. Avani has more than 15 years of experience in IT attestation, risk management, compliance and privacy. Avani’s primary focus is on emerging healthcare issues and privacy concerns for organizations. Named as one of the 2017 Global Leaders in Consulting by Consulting Magazine she has also been featured and published in the ISSA Journal, ITSP Magazine, ISACA Journal, Information Security Buzz, Healthcare Tech Outlook, and many more. Avani also sits on the board of Catalist, a not for profit that empowers women by supporting the creation, development and expansion of collective giving through informed grantmaking. In addition, she is co-chair of 100 Women Strong, a female only venture philanthropic fund to solve problems related to women and children in the community.

  • The Need for Diversity in the Accounting Industry

    The Need for Diversity in the Accounting Industry

    Hiring of minorities in the accounting industry remains inexcusably low. Schellman President Avani Desai shares practices that can be implemented for instilling effective workplace diversity

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  • Mid-Year Tech Trends In 2020

    Mid-Year Tech Trends In 2020

    Breakthroughs in technology continue to be at the forefront in 2020. Schellman President Avani Desai shares tech trends that have emerged that will have a lasting impact on our future.

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  • Password-Changing Policies and the Promise of New Alternatives

    Password-Changing Policies and the Promise of New Alternatives

    For years we’ve been functioning on the premise that frequently changing our passwords is a good thing. So much so that many corporations have made frequent password changes a mandatory activity.

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  • Safety and Cybersecurity First

    Safety and Cybersecurity First

    Three Steps to Ensure Employee Safety during a Pandemic

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  • How Organizations Can Prioritize Privacy During a Pandemic and To What Extent

    How Organizations Can Prioritize Privacy During a Pandemic and To What Extent

    We’re living through the world’s latest pandemic. Guidelines from WHO alter normal life to preserve health but organizations and individuals are faced with another unprecedented concern—data privacy.

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  • COVID- 19 Update: Compliance Reliance

    COVID- 19 Update: Compliance Reliance

    As we face this rapidly evolving and fluid health emergency related to coronavirus disease COVID-19 we want to acknowledge the many concerns across the business and technology community.

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  • An Empowered Woman

    An Empowered Woman

    As a child, I never could have pinpointed that I would end up as President of Schellman & Company. Professionally, I have achieved a lot, but I also hold another very important role as a mother.

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  • Tech Industry Occupies Front Line on Coronavirus Battleground

    Tech Industry Occupies Front Line on Coronavirus Battleground

    The coronavirus is posing global threats that are challenging businesses worldwide forcing them to put new policies and practices into place to prepare for and communicate with their workforces.

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  • What is IoT? - The Internet of Things

    What is IoT? - The Internet of Things

    Though machines have been communicating with other machines for decades the term of IoT wasn’t coined until 1999. IoT consists of any device that is connected through the Internet to other devices.

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  • The Year Ahead: Technology and Talent in 2020

    The Year Ahead: Technology and Talent in 2020

    Accounting Today reached out to a selection of top firm leaders including Schellman's Avani Desai to get their take on the major issues they’re expecting to face in 2020.

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  • Flexa Launches Crypto-Based Payment App

    Flexa Launches Crypto-Based Payment App

    Flexa on Monday (May 13, 2019) launched a new digital payment network that uses cryptocurrencies to cut processing costs, eliminate fraud and preserve users' privacy.

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  • What are the most important use cases for Blockchain in the Pharmaceutical Industry?

    What are the most important use cases for Blockchain in the Pharmaceutical Industry?

    (Article originally published in Rx Data News, Issue 5 Vol. 1)

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  • The Bright Side of Technology: Tech Hacks That Have Improved Society During This Fourth Industrial Revolution

    The Bright Side of Technology: Tech Hacks That Have Improved Society During This Fourth Industrial Revolution

    Even when the developments might’ve been considered fairly primitive by modern standards, technological progress has always been a definitive characteristic of humanity.  Like any new...

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  • 7 Questions: Why Avani Desai loves the 'moon' button on her iPhone

    7 Questions: Why Avani Desai loves the 'moon' button on her iPhone

    As president of Tampa accounting firm Schellman & Company, Bizwomen Headliner Avani Desai deals with topics like emerging healthcare issues and privacy concerns for organizations, so...

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  • Top Tips for Improving Board Communication Around Security

    Top Tips for Improving Board Communication Around Security

    A panel of security professionals discuss the top three tips for how CISOs and risk officers can help improve board communication around security

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  • Why you need a digital forensics team (and the skills to look for)

    Why you need a digital forensics team (and the skills to look for)

    Prevention and detection aren't enough. To better defend against future intrusions, you need a strong digital forensics team that can analyze attacks. In a world where enterprises are...

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  • What Will the Biggest Cybersecurity Risk Be in 2019?

    What Will the Biggest Cybersecurity Risk Be in 2019?

    The cybersecurity risk landscape is constantly evolving, and regulations like GDPR are making it even more crucial for organizations to protect their customers' and users' privacy. By...

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  • The Ethics of Robots in the Workplace

    The Ethics of Robots in the Workplace

    It is predicted that, by 2025, robots and machines driven by artificial intelligence (AI) will perform half of all productive functions in the workplace – companies already use robots...

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  • The 9 New Rules of IT Leadership

    The 9 New Rules of IT Leadership

    Thanks to rapidly changing technology solutions and strategies, the old rules IT used to swear by are no longer relevant. Here's what has replaced them. Few things in the world have...

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  • ONE YEAR LATER - What have we really learned from the Equifax breach?

    ONE YEAR LATER - What have we really learned from the Equifax breach?

    Equifax announced the data breach that shook the world in September 2017—three months after the company discovered it. Malicious actors snatched consumer data by making the most of a...

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