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.

  • 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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  • The Security Implications of Using a Virtual PA

    The Security Implications of Using a Virtual PA

    Is Outsourcing Your Admin Safe? To put it plainly, the world of work has changed dramatically within the last several years. Once upon a time, a person could expect to stay in the same...

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  • Tax Pros Struggle With ‘Brute Force’ Cyberattacks

    Tax Pros Struggle With ‘Brute Force’ Cyberattacks

    Tax professionals handling their clients’ personal information can’t rely on vigilance alone to thwart hackers trying to gain access to their mobile devices.

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  • Technology vs. The Human

    Technology vs. The Human

    The digital age has completely recalibrated society, as there has been a major transformation in how society lives, acts, works and plays.

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  • ComplyRight Data Breach Affects 662,000, Gets Lawsuit

    ComplyRight Data Breach Affects 662,000, Gets Lawsuit

    A data breach at ComplyRight, a firm that provides HR and tax services to businesses, may have affected 662,000 people, according to a state agency. It has also prompted a lawsuit,...

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  • Five Tips to Make a More Secure Internet of Things

    Five Tips to Make a More Secure Internet of Things

    Originally published at www.isaca.org

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  • European regulators: We're not ready for new privacy law

    European regulators: We're not ready for new privacy law

    Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been billed as the biggest shake-up of data privacy laws since the birth of the web.

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  • IoT Security: What Is It, And Why Does It Matter?

    IoT Security: What Is It, And Why Does It Matter?

    You may consider ‘IoT security’ an oxymoron and, unfortunately, for many IoT devices, you’re quite correct. The IoT and security don’t necessarily go together, with many companies and...

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  • Women's representation in technology fields decreases as seniority increases, research shows

    Women's representation in technology fields decreases as seniority increases, research shows

    While the dearth of women CEOs is getting attention, there is another area—technology—in which their presence is also lacking.

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  • Women still largely shut out as CEOs of Fortune 100 companies

    Women still largely shut out as CEOs of Fortune 100 companies

    Despite much talk and debate about more women becoming CEOs, it still isn’t happening.

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  • The New Rules for Protecting Unstructured Data

    The New Rules for Protecting Unstructured Data

    How many places do you store work-focused unstructured data? For many people, handwritten notes, digitized ones in OneNote or Evernote, cloud-based storage systems, such as Dropbox and...

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