JOHN R. NULL CPA

John will serve as the lead relationship and audit shareholder. He joined Schneider Downs in 2005 after spending 18 years with a national accounting firm, including the last six years as an audit partner. John has more than 34 years of professional experience serving higher education, health care, arts organizations, foundations and other not-for-profit clients. He is an experienced business advisor, providing clients with timely, innovative and high-quality advice on a broad array of accounting, finance, corporate governance and general business issues.

John also has significant experience serving publicly traded and privately held, middlemarket companies in the manufacturing, distribution, construction and services industries. He is also a frequent speaker on various auditing and accounting topics and has significant experience providing audits under OMB Uniform Grant Guidance and ERISA/DOL requirements.

Education

B.S. – Accounting, Penn State University

Professional and Community Involvement

Chair—Schneider Downs Higher Education Services Industry Group

Member—American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants

Member—National Association of College and University Business Officers

Member—Board of Directors, Focus on Renewal Neighborhood Corporation

Treasurer—Westminster Presbyterian Church of Upper St. Clair

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Do you have a hobby or personal passion?
I enjoy my family and playing golf. At work, I love building great teams.

What was your childhood dream?
To become a Major League Baseball player

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your college self?
Build and grow relationships – you’ll spend the rest of your life expanding and building upon them.

What was your first job?
I was a paperboy.

Do you have a “motto?”
“What’s next?”

Do you have advice for young professionals?
Don’t be afraid to figure out what you like and what you are good at. Hopefully at some point in your life, you’ll find a few things that appear on both lists.

Our Thoughts On

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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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