Megan Hudson

Megan is a Manager for HORNE Cyber where she specializes in cyber risk related assurance services. She provides analytic expertise regarding policy design and implementation as well as IT and data governance. Megan also consults on information systems environment compliance and management for public and middle market clients.
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Mar 7, 2019 9:00:00 AM

3 Data Governance Strategies for Financial Institutions

Read Time: 5 Minutes Data Governance is how we describe the processes and management of data in any given organization. This includes the processes around the protection and use of data. In our specific context today, we will be discussing data governance for a financial institution (FI).

Topics: Data Governance

Jun 14, 2018 9:34:16 AM

Building the Audit of the Future: Diving Deeper into the Role of the Auditor

Last week in “Building the Audit of the Future: The Roles of Robots and Humans”, we talked about the technology pieces of the audit of the future and the need to understand several components in order for auditors to be anticipatory in the coming years. We discussed process automation, efficiency (and data analytics), accuracy expectations and cyber risk mitigation. We left off just as we began touching on my favorite part of the audit process – discussing threats, concerns, mitigating factors and the future with clients.

Topics: Cyber Assurance Insights, Audit of the Future

Jun 7, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Building the Audit of the Future: The Roles of Robots and Humans

When most people think about the audit of the future they think about robots. Now, I don’t know about you but when I think about robots and the future I think about people wearing white jumpsuits driving flying cars. In my mind, I see a mix of something like the Jetsons meets Tomorrow Land in Walt Disney World. Unfortunately, while all of this is very exciting, it’s not exactly what the audit of the future is going to look like. Instead, the audit of the future is going to look technical at first (so, there will be some robots), and then it will take a fast 180° and feel a lot more fluid than technical. Today, I want to talk about the first half of the audit of the future, the technical piece, and then next week dive into the less concrete, client relationship piece.

Topics: cybersecurity, Cyber Assurance Insights, Audit of the Future

Jun 22, 2017 10:02:00 AM

Breaking Bank: Episode 3

Over the last several weeks we have witnessed the story of a Bank who thought that compliance was enough to keep their customer’s information and the Bank’s reputation secure. However, they quickly realized that one breach can change everything and cause them to question their strategy regarding cybersecurity. We step back onto the scene as the ISO, Walter, has learns what he could have done differently to prevent the recent cyber attack.

Topics: Cyber Assurance Insights

Jun 1, 2017 10:03:00 AM

Breaking Bank: Episode 2

Last month we began the story of a very ambitious bank filled with well-intentioned individuals who love their jobs and want to see their customer’s information protected. We were introduced to the bank’s Information Security Officer, Walter White and we watched as he took important steps to protect his company with internal control implementation and cybersecurity practices (like hiring an IT company to perform a penetration test). He thought his company was secure, until the unexpected happened. Today, we find out what event changed everything…

Topics: Cyber Assurance Insights

May 11, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Breaking Bank: Episode 1

I don’t know about you, but I’ve read a lot of content-filled, factually intense cybersecurity articles over the past few months. I’ve read so many that I begin hearing similar concepts without actually understanding how it impacts my clients specifically. For this reason, today I don’t want to spout off a bunch of information (as accurate as it may be) and tell you to go make sense of it, I would instead like to tell you a story. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the movie (cue Disney Castle scene)…

Topics: cybersecurity, Cyber Assurance Insights

Apr 20, 2017 10:03:00 AM

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and throughout my childhood I played a lot of sports. I played anything from basketball, to soccer, to pickup games of kickball and baseball with neighborhood friends. Actually, my entire family invested a lot of time in sports, between my five brothers playing baseball and me playing soccer/basketball we often discussed how our teams ‘meshed’ and whether or not members interacted well with one another. It was always interesting to see how different teams worked together and how their cohesiveness impacted their success on the field. Even today I often see how important it is that my coworkers and I work together as a team to complete projects efficiently while also adding as much value as possible for our clients.

Nov 1, 2016 10:00:00 AM

GAO Audit: Can We Learn From Their Mistakes

The old saying “if it ain't broke, don’t fix it” immediately came to mind as I began to look at the audit report from the Government Accountability Office regarding Federal Agency Security. The reason this quote came to mind is that in information security, there are some serious breaks in need of very intentional fixing. It is evident from the amount of information security incidents that have occurred over the past several years that there is much in disrepair. In fact, since 2006, the number of incidents that we know about has risen from 5,503 to 67,168 according to the recent GAO Federal Information Security report. If this isn’t cause for concern I’m not sure what is.

Topics: cybersecurity