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The 7 Habits of Highly Successful LA CPA Firms

If you’re a certified public accountant (CPA) in Los Angeles and are looking for ways to improve your firm, I have put together some advice and examples of what some highly successful CPA firms are doing. After all, there are reasons why they’re ...

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Why a Secure Password M@TT3R$ to Your Organization

As an IT services professional and consultant, it’s astonishing to me how often password security is one of the last things that people think about when it comes to cybersecurity. In many aspects of business, such as sales or operational ...

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Knowing Your Business’s Cybersecurity Awareness Training Level

I BM CEO Ginni Rometty has been quoted as saying, “Cyber crime is the greatest threat to every company in the world.” And, unfortunately, there are WAY too many stats to help back up her claim. Nearly half of all cyber attacks focus on small ...

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Protecting Your Network from Ransomware in 8 Steps

Much like fashion, sometimes old technology trends become new again. Ransomware attacks, which were introduced in 1989, embody one such example of this cycle and have become increasingly prevalent over the past several years. Ransomware is a ...

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Top Accounting Technology Trends for CPA Firms in LA

A new era of data delivery and storage has been ushered in by growing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery platforms, or cloud-based systems. SaaS provides accounting firms, as well as other businesses, with accessibility and location flexibility ...

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3 Key Components for Effective Security Audits for LA CPAs

Accountants, listen up: In a time when identity theft, DDoS attacks and digital hacks are rapidly increasing, it is important for any certified public accountants (CPAs) to know the health of their computer systems and security policies. Any ...

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5 ‘How-To’ Hints for Improving Technology for LA Investment Advisors

In one form or another, technology plays an integral role in the daily grind for any modern registered investment advisor. Having up-to-date technology can not only help your firm operate more effectively and efficiently, but it also helps to ...

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Pa$$w0rds and the Dark Web

Coming up with a strong password is way too hard. And it's so hard to remember all of them. So the easier they are, the easier they are for me to remember. And with all the web sites I visit, I try to make them all the same so that they're easier to ...

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Top 11 Questions for Vetting Your IT Service Provider

I've met with many potential clients over the years. However, it's rare that I hear a new question. Unfortunately, what I usually hear is the wrong set of questions. The questions that these clients ask often reveal how their previous company failed ...

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The Tell Tale Signs of Social Engineering

The Tell Tale Signs of Social Engineering

It's scary to think that it's much easier for an attacker to exploit a victim’s natural inclination to trust than it is to find ways to hack their systems. Organizations can avoid many attacks by properly training employees on social engineering ...

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I Don't Need No Stinking Security - Wrong!

“Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive,” wrote Andy Grove, former CEO of semiconductor giant Intel. And in today’s connected world, a little healthy dose of paranoia might save you from serious damage that ...

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