Accountants are often at pains to point out they are more than number-crunchers. And while Jennifer Loftus FCCA has loved maths since her early school days, she now combines a role as CFO and risk officer at insurer Acorn Life with a parallel existence supporting the creative arts. Find out why she subscribes to the view that ‘life begins at the end of your comfort zone’ in our interview.

Financial data is the lifeblood of most organisations, so keeping that information safe and secure is critical. This month we have two articles looking at cybersecurity challenges. We examine what recent changes in regulations about transferring data from the EU to the US mean for accounting practices, and we take a look at a new zero-trust approach to blocking illegal access. 

Dairy farming in Ireland is a booming sector, but one which faces increasing pressures around sustainable working. We analyse how accountants can help with auditing and monitoring emissions-cutting targets.

Elsewhere, our regular columnist Ian Guider argues for more funding for university research, as a way of boosting the economy, and we report on a survey which shows CEOs across the world are optimistic about global growth over the next three years.

Finally, if you are looking to top up your CPD credits, there’s 21 CPD units on offer from a range of sessions held during ACCA’s annual virtual conference ‘Accounting for the Future’, which you can listen to on demand

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