JEANNE M. BARRETT CPA

Jeanne has more than 25 years of public accounting experience. Her background includes serving a variety of clients both public and private in the manufacturing and distribution, construction, investment and professional services industries.

Jeanne joined the firm in November 1997 and became a shareholder in 2013. She has overall responsibility of selected audits as well as the delivery of the firm’s accounting, assurance, tax and business advisory services to her corporate client base. Such responsibilities require significant planning, technical and administrative skills and extensive knowledge of financial reporting requirements and operating concerns of entities served.

She is the shareholder in charge and the chair of the firm’s Employee Benefit Plan Audit Practice and the Chair of the firm’s Employee Benefits Industry Group. This committee is responsible for developing specialized knowledge for ERISA engagements.

Education

B.S. – Accounting, John Carroll University

Professional and Community Involvement

Chairperson—Schneider Downs ERISA Services Industry Group

Chairperson—Schneider Downs Manufacturing Industry Group

Board of Directors—Schneider Downs & Co., Inc.

Member—Assurance Technical Advisory Committee

Member—Schneider Downs SEC Practice Group

Member—American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants

Member—Board of Directors, YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh

Member—Western PA Corporate Women Collaborative

Graduate—Leadership Pittsburgh XXXII

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Do you have a hobby or personal passion?
I love interior decorating and design.

What was the best advice you’ve ever received?
My father told me that life is not about what happens to us but rather our reaction to the situation.

What was your childhood dream?
To be a famous interior designer.

What is the best or most interesting thing about your career?
It constantly changes, always learning something new and continually developing.

What was your first job?
I worked at a bakery, TJ Cinnamons

Do you have a “motto?”
Mind over matter.

When you have an hour of free time, what do you like to do?
Free time…. What is that? – spending time with my family anytime, anyplace!

Do you have advice for young professionals?
Take every opportunity afforded to you and make the most of it.

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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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