Title:Principal, Risk Assurance & Advisory Services

Education:BBA in Finance with a concentration in Computer Information Systems, James Madison University


Neal Beggan

A Principal in the Risk Assurance & Advisory Services (RAS) Group of Cherry Bekaert, Neal is responsible for leading the Firm’s IT Audit Group. Based in Washington, D.C., Neal oversees co-sourced internal audit projects for businesses and nonprofit organizations, as well as audit and consulting projects for the public and private sector. Clients depend on Neal to identify key IT and business risks and recommend practical solutions to mitigate those risks, as well as to perform operational audits to identify cost savings and revenue opportunities. Neal has experience improving existing IT internal audit methodologies for large corporations, and leading corporate-wide training.

With professional designations including Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), Certified in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA), and Certified CSF Practitioner (CCSFP), Neal has been serving clients since 2000 in the areas of IT audit, consulting and compliance. He has performed information technology reviews in the following areas across a myriad of information technology platforms: SOX 404, NIST 800-53/171, HIPPA/HITRUST, ISO 27001/2, FISCAM, GDPR, OMB A-130, SOC for Cybersecurity and SOC 1/2/3.

Prior to joining Cherry Bekaert, Neal worked at a regional accounting firm as an IT audit manager, as an IT audit senior with a Big Four’s Technology and Security Risk Services practice, and as a consultant with the Risk Advisory practice at a Big Four firm, where he held a top-secret clearance.

Specialties/Areas of Expertise

  • Cybersecurity
  • Governance Risk & Compliance
  • Internal Audit
  • IT Audit
  • IT Consulting
  • IT Internal Controls
  • Privacy
  • Risk Management & Advisory

Professional Involvement

  • Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
  • Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)

Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Autism Society of America
  • Executive Committee, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • School of Accounting Guiding Executive (SAGE) Board, James Madison University