Eric M. Fair CISA, CDPSE, CBCLA

Eric is a Shareholder in the Risk Advisory Services practice at Schneider Downs. He joined Schneider Downs in 2011 and has more than 10 years of experience providing IT internal audit and risk advisory co-sourcing and outsourcing consulting services across various industries, including more than five years of experience leading, managing and mentoring a team of IT audit, security and risk professionals to successfully serve our clients. Eric is responsible for leading the engagement team to coordinate, conduct and review engagement deliverables, as well as ensuring effective communications to provide continued value to clients.

Eric brings significant experience in guiding clients and internal teams through efficient and successful IT audit projects, SOC 1 examinations, SOC 2 examinations, SOC 2 + examinations, as well as business continuity, business impact analysis, disaster recovery, crisis management and emergency preparedness, SOX, network security and cybersecurity frameworks (NIST 800-53 and 800-171), data privacy (GDPR, CCPA), IT general controls, risk assessments, FISMA, PCI-DSS, and vendor risk management.

Eric is one of only 83 active Certified Business Continuity Lead Auditors (CBCLA) globally, as recognized by DRI International. This designation encompasses the ability to audit, consult and assess business impact and continuity, disaster recovery, emergency preparedness, crisis response and overall organizational resiliency.

Prior to joining Schneider Downs, Eric served in system and network administrator roles, over a span of seven years, supporting, managing and leading IT initiatives to develop and support ongoing Casino operations.

Education

M.S.—Internet Information Systems, Robert Morris University
M.S.—Accounting, Liberty University
B.S.—Information Systems Management, Robert Morris University

Professional and Community Involvement

Board Member—Robert Morris University Accounting Advisory Board 
Co-Chair—IAPP KnowledgeNet Pittsburgh Chapter (2021-2023) 
Director of Career & Educational Outreach—ISACA Pittsburgh Chapter (2017-2020) 
Member—The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Pittsburgh Chapter 
Member— DRI International, Inc. 
Member—FAIR Institute and local Pittsburgh Chapter 
Member—Three Rivers Contingency Planning Association (TRCPA) 
Member—InfraGard Pittsburgh Chapter

Do you have a hobby/personal passion?   
My family

What was the best advice you’ve ever received?   
Never stop learning

What was your childhood dream?  
To be like Mike (Michael Jordan, that is)

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your college self?   
Foster new relationships and continuously build upon existing relationships

People would be surprised to know that I…  
Met “Dickie V” (Dick Vitale for those non- college basketball fans)

What is the best or most interesting thing about your career?    
I pivoted in my career after 7 years in the Casino industry as an IT Administrator

Do you have a “motto”? (spoken or unspoken)  
Get comfortable with the uncomfortable

When you have an hour of free time, what do you like to do?    
Unwind with a cigar, a book, music, or Netflix

Do you have advice for young professionals?  
Continuously challenge yourself and those around you

Eric M. Fair CISA, CDPSE, CBCLA

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Shareholder Steve Barber has been with Schneider Downs since 2003 and has over 20 years of experience in all areas of tax advisory services including tax planning, research and compliance, accounting, acquiring, selling and operational and financial reporting matters for closely held businesses. Steve serves clients in several diversified industries, including automobile, construction, real estate and manufacturing. 

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