Marcum LLP is one of the largest independent public accounting and advisory services firms in the United States. Ranked #15 nationally, Marcum LLP offers the resources of 1,300 professionals, including over 160 partners, in 22 offices throughout the U.S., Grand Cayman and China. Headquartered in New York City, the Firm's presence runs deep, with full-service offices strategically located in major business markets. Marcum is a member of the Marcum Group, an organization providing a comprehensive range of professional services spanning accounting and advisory, technology solutions, wealth management, and executive and professional recruiting. The Marcum Group companies include Marcum LLP; Marcum Technology LLC; Marcum Search LLC; Marcum Financial Services LLC; Marcum Bernstein & Pinchuk LLP; and MarcumBuchanan Associates LLC. For more information, visit www.marcumllp.com.
Founded in 1942 in South Bend, Indiana, Crowe Horwath LLP (“Crowe”), a limited liability partnership, (www.crowehorwath.com), is one of the top 10 public accounting and consulting firms in the United States. Under its core purpose of “Building Value with Values®”, Crowe assists clients in reaching their goals through audit, tax, risk, and consulting services. Crowe professionals provide public and private company clients with thought leadership in many sectors, including financial services (insurance, banking, and investment companies), healthcare, government, private equity sponsored, inventory-based, retail, not-for-profit, higher education, and food and commodities. With more than 27 offices and more than 2,400 personnel, Crowe is recognized by a number of organizations as one of the country’s best places to work. Crowe serves clients worldwide as the leading independent member of Crowe Horwath International.
Crowe is the leading member of Crowe Horwath International, one of the 10 largest global networks of independent accounting and advisory services firms. As one of the largest global professional service organizations, Crowe Horwath International has more than 140 independent member firms operating from close to 560 offices in over 100 countries around the world. Through Crowe Horwath International, Crowe offers innovative business solutions throughout the world.
Heather Bearfield is a Principal in the Boston office and serves as the National Technology Assurance Services Practice Group Leader. She is also a member of its National Alternative Investment, Healthcare and Financial Services Industry Groups. Ms. Bearfield has extensive experience with SOC engagements, internal and external audits and application reviews. A main focus is internal and external vulnerability assessments, wireless assessments, penetration testing and social engineering.
Ms. Bearfield has comprehensive experience in multiple aspects of Risk Management across business operations including regulatory compliance. She executes compliance engagements according to various regulations including SOX, MA 201 CMR 17.00 (Data Security), HIPAA Privacy, HIPAA Security, Meaningful Use, Dodd Frank, SOC1, 2, 3 and FISMA. She is responsible for conducting global and nationwide IT Risk and Control Assessments in numerous vertical markets.
Sue is a Senior Manager in the Risk Consulting Group of Crowe Horwath, LLP in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is one of Crowe’s thought leaders in the SOC space. She has presented to several professional organizations and written thought leadership pieces related to SOC reporting. Further Sue has developed audit methodologies to assist in completing SOC examinations and is actively involved in the continuing professional education and training programs at Crowe Horwath. Sue leads and supervises Service Organization Controls examinations. Her clients include information technology services, financial services, insurance, healthcare, and manufacturing organizations. Sue has an undergraduate degree in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration from Indiana University. Sue is a member of the AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants), OHCPAs (Ohio CPA Society) and ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association).