Cloud is King. And the Emperor Has No Clothes

The Cloud. The fluffy white condensate of technology.  It’s everywhere, and if you receive any sort of business/accounting/technology periodical, then you’ve undoubtedly read articles about moving to it.  The cloud evangelists come down from the mountaintops and tell us all how great the cloud is. And the industries have listened. In fact I have two accounting articles… Read more »

Basics of Disaster Planning

How can you tell where someone’s priorities lie with regards to their technology?  I submit that it’s by the placement of the Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS, or battery backup).  For example, my modem, wireless router, computer, TV and PlayStation® are plugged into two UPS devices.  No temporary disruption to power service is going to ruin my video… Read more »

How well is your data protected?

Let’s face it businesses run on technology.  How would your business survive without it?  Many business owners pay someone to take care of their computers and never think about IT.  Most professional IT people know what they are doing but what did you hire them for?  Was it to implement a security structure or to… Read more »

Wait… What did he say?

I know that I find humor in unusual places but sometimes, it just can’t be helped.  The latest has to be the Super Bowl Blackout.  Actually, that was only mildly humorous, what was funny was their comment on what to blame: ‘a piece of equipment that detected an anomaly in the system and shut down… Read more »

FFIEC Guidance on Social Media

Greetings! It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to churn out a blog.  I plan to correct that right now. The deTECH team spends most of our time doing IT Audit and assurance work for Financial Institutions (FI). And although the goal of deTECH is broader than FI’s, sometimes we need to let you, our… Read more »

Smartphones… Are you ready for the future?

It’s another new year and there are more predictions that this year will see a rise in smartphone attacks.  There are hundreds of millions of smartphones in the world and we are using them more as computers than phones today.  Since we are accessing our bank accounts, the internet, and shopping sites why would the… Read more »

Sometimes They Get it Right

While doing some research online, I came across an interesting Google result.  Several steps into my Goggling I saw the title: STUDY SAYS TECHNOLOGY COULD TRANSFORM SOCIETY… But the interesting part was the date: June 14, 1982.  Who would not have clicked on that one?  I found it to be an archived article on the… Read more »

Year End Thoughts

As the end of 2012 rapidly approaches, we should take a few minutes to reflect on the year and plan for 2013.  We will assume for now that the Mayans were incorrect and we will be here so what do we have to look forward to?  Indications are that the economy is slowly improving, companies… Read more »