North America CACS 2013 Day 1

The RAS Team (three of us anyway) are attending the ISACA North America CACS Conference in Dallas, Texas this week (April 15-17). If there were an IT Audit Comic-con, this would be it. Minus the awesome costumes.  Unless you count cowboy hats and belt buckles (which I do– I brought a different belt buckle for… Read more »

YHB Partner Published by Virginia Business Magazine

On Thursday, Virginia Business Magazine, the state’s premier business publication, published an article by Richmond Partner Curtis Thompson. His article is entitled, “Congratulations! You Are Now In Charge of IT!” You can read the article in its entirety here.

Chamber Visits Our Winchester Office

We love a good social media campaign. It’s a great – and free – way to get good information to the public. The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber in Winchester has such a campaign going right now. Every day, someone from the Chamber – from the Director of Membership to the Chairman of the Board… Read more »

40th Anniversary of the Cell Phone

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the first successful cell phone call.  On April 3, 1973, Motorola’s Martin Cooper stood on a street corner in Manhattan and called… his competition at Bell Labs. It’s impossible not to consider how far mobile device technology has come in forty years and the impact on our work and… Read more »

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 »