Open Letter to Windows XP

Dear Windows XP, As you ride off into the sunset and enjoy a well-deserved retirement I wanted to pause a moment to reflect on where we’ve been. I remember when we first met in college. I installed you in an effort to escape your reckless younger brother, Windows Millennium.  True, you were pirated but it… Read more »

In Case You Haven’t Heard…

In the most talked about “End of Life” date that I can remember, on April 8, 2014 Microsoft will end its support of Windows XP. That means that there will be no more patches released for XP. Since it is estimated that one in four computers are still running XP there are a lot of… Read more »

YHB gets an audit!

It was our turn last month!  Bryan and Daniel from our very own Risk Advisory Services Team did our annual IT Assessment.  Like most of our clients, I had a pretty good idea of where we need some improvement.  But the great part of this exercise is putting it down on paper and having to… Read more »

Why does YHB’s Risk Advisory Services Team want to Blog?

Sounds like a reasonable question. There are a ton of good blogs on the internet covering all aspects of IT, accounting, business, and just about everything else. What can we add? It may be a new angle to understanding how technology and business work together. Maybe we can offer a few good ideas for running… Read more »

2013 Banking Technology and Risks Survey is Now Open

YHB’s Risk Advisory Services Team is proud to announce the opening of our 2013 Banking Technology and Risks Survey.  Building on the success of our 2011 Report, we have prepared a comprehensive survey to gather information and report on the current technology trends in the Mid-Atlantic’s community banking industry.  For those unfamiliar with our 2011… Read more »

North America CACS 2013 Day 3

NACACS 2013 in Dallas is done.  Take a deep breath of Texas air (compliments of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport HVAC system) and savor the sweet scent of knowledge and Cinnabon. The morning session was a summary of some basic controls for managing cyber security threats. I’ll be honest– there was no new information here… Read more »

North America CACS Day 2

Day 2 of NACACS is wrapping up and sessions were energized, topics were relevant, and it’s clear that ISACA gets industry leaders to share their knowledge.  The morning started with all conference attendees at a panel discussion focusing on generic IT Risk, Governance and Control issues. In general, I find panel discussion to be a… Read more »

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 »

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 »