JAY R. MEGLICH CPA

Jay is a shareholder of Schneider Downs with expeirence in public accounting since 1986. Jay provides audit and advisory services to a variety of businesses.  He chairs the Columbus Not-for-Profit Services Industry Group and is a member of the Construction and Real Estate Industry Groups. His specialized services include: financial and compliance audits and reviews of for-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the construction, real estate, manufacturing and social services industries.

Education

B.S. – Business Administration, Accounting and Finance, Walsh University

Professional and Community Involvement

Member – The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants

Member – Ohio Oil and Gas Association

Chair – Ohio Oil and Gas Association, Audit Committee

Member – Ohio Dominican University Accounting Board of Advisors

Member – Lifecare Alliance Board

Member – Construction Financial Management Association

Member – NAIOP

Member – Builders Exchange of Central Ohio

Member – Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations

Member – Ohio Contractor’s Association, Dues, Audit and Finance Committee

Member – YMCA of Central Ohio, Audit Committee

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Do you have a hobby or personal passion?
Canoeing in the wilderness and craft beer brewing

Who was your role model?
My father and mother-in-law both greatly impacted my views on how to live life and treat other people.

What was your childhood dream?
Own a fishing lodge on a remote Canadian lake.

People would be surprised to know that I…….
Took a week-long canoe trip in the wilderness by myself.

What was your first job?
Working on a line in a factory that produced boat rollers and other rubber products. It was hot, physical work that convinced me that I was much better suited for a professional career.

Do you have a “motto?”
Everybody has something valuable to contribute.

Do you have advice for young professionals?
Take charge of your career.

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Big Problem: Cybersecurity Defenses Compromised By Employees’ Passwords


Big Thinking: Significant Updates To The Cybersecurity Environment.

Shareholder ERIC WRIGHT has been involved with Information Technology with Schneider Downs since 1983 and oversees the firm’s thriving Technology Consulting and IT Audit & Compliance practices. Through this role, Eric brings extensive experience in assessing IT infrastructure and identifying cybersecurity risk and exposure.
One of our clients felt fairly good about their existing cybersecurity defenses. But they were still afraid of the unknown and newer cyber attack techniques. Through our regular audit procedures, we inquired about their current cyber controls and their confidence in withstanding an attack. We then performed a network penetration test which simulates an external adversary hacking their network. This procedure identified the client's unknown weaknesses in their defenses through a live test. “Within 48 hours, we were able to guess the passwords of close to 10% of their employees, effectively giving us VPN access to their corporate network and certain employee utilities, like email.” Eric said. "We also found that their corporate intranet site was visible over the internet and susceptible to login via the bad passwords. After identifying these issues, we worked with the client to make significant changes to their environment to make it harder for an attacker to break in." Schneider Downs provides Big Thinking and Personal Focus in delivering a variety of services for large and small businesses, both publicly and privately held, as well as nonprofit organizations, government entities and more. Through our commitment to thought leadership and knowledge management, we deliver the solutions our clients need with a personal commitment to service.

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