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 »

Long Time, No Blog…

My apologies for letting this blog go stale for several months.  With a new year coming, we plan to take it as a renewal of our efforts to keep the deTECH blog running timely and offer helpful and valuable information. To get back started, I want to share an article.  Monday was the 20th anniversary… Read more »

Google Maps on iOS 6

I was bit sullen when I updated my iPhone 4S with iOS 6 this time around.  Usually I’m first in line for the new updates.  The latest and greatest from Apple is always a hot topic among my Risk Advisory Services teammates.  Daniel Robertson can tell you almost verbatim the words from Tim Cook’s mouth… Read more »

IT Budgeting Part 3: Why replace equipment that still works?

Most every IT Department has a replacement cycle for equipment.  Most companies tend to replace PCs every 3 years.  Sometimes laptops are sooner due to the wear and tear of being portable but generally this 3 year cycle is across the board.  Other equipment is kept longer; servers may be 5 years and even as… Read more »

IT Budgeting Part 2: Depreciation

This blog is for the IT people!  Don’t turn away because the topic is accounting!  If you are the accounting-type, this is an introductory discussion that we hope will open up a discussion with your IT people. As an IT professional you probably don’t deal with the concepts of fixed assets and depreciation every day. Usually… Read more »

IT Budgeting Part 1 (Run, Transform, Grow)

This is the first installment of a series on IT Budgeting.  Over the next few weeks we will discuss various aspects of budgeting from the perspective of both Accounting and the IT Department. Most businesses run on budgets.  And it’s a safe assumption that all successful businesses use a budget.  There may be dozens or… Read more »