Cyber 6 Group Joins Rea & Associates

CPA Firm Now Offers Cybersecurity Services & Data Protection

November 1, 2019 | New Philadelphia, Ohio – CPA firms across the country are no longer just the go-to resources for accounting, audit and tax solutions. While these services continue to be core competencies for firms, their menus have expanded to a variety of consulting services – all designed to help local businesses grow and thrive in today’s ever-changing marketplace. Rea & Associates, a Top 100 accounting and business consulting firm headquartered in Ohio, has become the go-to provider for those seeking services outside the traditional accounting firm realm as well.

Rea & Associates has introduced a number of consulting services over the years, including: business valuation and transaction advisory services, human resources consulting and client advisory services. Today, the 12-office firm announces that current and future clients will now have access to a team of cybersecurity and data compliance experts.


Top 100 CPA Firm Expands Service Offerings

Paul Hugenberg | Cybersecurity Services | Principal
As the co-founder of Cyber 6, Paul Hugenberg III, served as its chief operating officer. Prior to that, he served as the chief information security officer and interim CIO for First Place Bank, as well as the chief information officer of Consumers Bancorp Inc., Consumers National Bank, and others. Paul is also co-founder of the cybersecurity data discovery software, InfoGPS Networks.
Shawn Richardson | Cybersecurity | Principal
Shawn M Richardson is a cyber risk executive with 25 years of information systems engineering and cybersecurity operations experience, As the former CEO of Cyber 6, Richardson’s objective has always been to help guide the small- to medium-sized businesses of America down the path of entrepreneurial freedom without the risk of compromise.

Rea & Associates Inc., a Top 100 regional accounting and business consulting firm, successfully welcomed Cyber 6© Group to the team Nov. 1, 2019. With the addition of Cyber 6 Group’s founders and cybersecurity and compliance experts, Shawn M. Richardson and Paul Hugenberg III, who will go on to serve as principals with Rea & Associates, the firm effectively expanded the number of service offerings it can provide to small- to mid-sized business clients across the state and beyond.

“With the addition of Cyber 6 Group, Rea & Associates reaffirms its dedication to providing services that help grow and protect our clients’ businesses,” said Don McIntosh, CPA, CEO of Rea & Associates. “This unification allows us to offer new, innovative services to our clients, and I’m excited to welcome these talented professionals to our team.”

Richardson (co-founder and former principal and CEO of Cyber 6 Group) and Hugenberg (co-founder and former principal of Cyber 6 Group) will serve clients from the Rea & Associates’ Wooster location at 545 North Market St., Wooster, OH 44691.

“Coming together is a natural fit for both of our firms as we have the same core values and believe in investing in the businesses within our communities in Ohio and beyond,” said Richardson. “Not only will Rea’s clients benefit by our suite of cyber services, but Cyber 6 clients will now have access to some of the greatest accounting and consulting professionals in the area.”


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About Cyber 6 Group

Cyber 6 was created by cyber security and information risk executives for the purpose of identifying risk within the small-medium sized and mid-market businesses who do not have cybersecurity frameworks, the expertise or budget. Its unique hands-on approach to building a successful “Defense in Depth” cybersecurity roadmap is directly aligned with clients’ business objectives. Cyber 6© brings together the technical level expertise and complex project oversight of proven US Military cybersecurity veterans combined with the career experience of information executives to provide unparalleled support, management of information governance requirements, and enterprise cybersecurity responsibilities.

About Rea & Associates

Rea & Associates, Inc. is the 85th largest CPA firm in the U.S. with more than 300 bright professionals in offices throughout Ohio. Since 1938, Rea has provided a wide range of accounting services to businesses, individuals with means and those with dreams. Today, the firm is the go-to resource for thousands of businesses and individuals nationwide. Rea offers a brighter way to its clients in the construction, government, healthcare, manufacturing, oil & gas and not-for-profit industries – as well as family businesses – through innovative accounting, audit, tax and consulting services.