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Bernie Wedge is an experienced audit and technology management executive. Bernie’s background as a CPA (qualified to be a Board financial expert), Qualified Technology Expert (QTE) and cyber security specialist makes him a trusted advisor to management and Boards. He has a proven record of working with senior executives, Boards and Audit Committees of leading organizations, with a focus on banks, insurance companies, financial market utilities and FinTech organizations.
He held significant strategic and operational leadership responsibilities in his 35+ year career with Ernst & Young LLP (EY), leading diverse teams with varied geographic experience working and travelling and working extensively on client matters and with colleagues in Canada, Latin and South America, EMEIA and Asia-Pacific regions. Bernie was EY’s Americas Technology Risk practice Leader (and member of EY’s Global executive) and provided strategic leadership to a practice that grew to $900 million and over 3,000 professionals during his two terms in leadership.
He was at the ground floor of the IT risk profession helping develop EY’s SOX and SOC 1/2/3 reporting methodology for IT controls and created the EY Global Information Security Survey. He has been quoted in the media on information/cyber security and IT risk issues. Bernie specializes in risk management, privacy, internal control/SOX/SOC reporting, digital strategy, data management and internal/external audits. He is a leader in providing assurance over technology service organizations overseeing more than 250 Service Organization Control reports, including compliance reporting for banks, asset managers, health insurance claims processors, credit-card processors, mortgage processors, and FinTech lenders.
Bernie has assessed and enhanced cyber program and technology risk maturity for banking, insurance and financial market utilities, evaluating organizations against NIST Cybersecurity Framework, COBIT, FFIEC Cyber Assessment Tool (CAT), GLBA, HiTrust (health sector), and HIPAA, and NAIC (Insurance).
Bernie is active in the community serving Boys & Girls Clubs of America as National Trustee and Member of National Technology Committee; University of Alabama – Cyber Executive Board of Advisors; and Hands-On Atlanta (Atlanta’s largest organization focused on harnessing volunteer activities) as Finance Chairperson.