The Story Behind Pac-Man

As I sit and dream of the sand, sunlight and ocean water, I’m a reminded of a game that my kids were introduced to during last year’s family reunion.  It’s a simple game with not many rules so when they asked if they could play I sent them off to figure it out themselves.  As time passed,… Read more »

Security Implications and Resources for Enabling Your Remote Team

We are more than two weeks into the “new normal” created by COVID-19. An unprecedented number of employees have been sent home to work and the immediate goal has been enabling the workforce to be productive, responding to Human Resource challenges like paid time off and child care, and protecting revenue streams by adjusting operations…. Read more »

Data Flow Diagrams – Mapping Your Way To Better Security

Today’s business landscape is fast paced, and ever-changing. If you are always reactive instead of proactive, generally, you are losing. Despite this, there is one fact that never changes: threat-actors are always looking for a way in. For hundreds of years protecting your business was about physical security, and while still vital, the evolution of… Read more »

SOC for Cybersecurity Q&A

“You cannot endow even the best machine with initiative; the jolliest steamroller will not plant flowers.” Walter Lippmann In 2017 the AICPA announced a new attestation engagement called SOC for Cybersecurity. DeTech wrote about the technical aspects of the engagement soon after its announcement (see that article here). We have since completed the AICPA’s coursework… Read more »

The Passing of Time: 2018 Recap

“The long unmeasured pulse of time moves everything. There is nothing hidden that it cannot bring to light, nothing once known that may not become unknown. Nothing is impossible.” – Sophocles Here we are at the end of another year… Time to put 2018 to bed and to begin afresh in 2019. Many of us will… Read more »

YHB Welcomes Bryan Newlin as Partner

Winchester, VA (June 5, 2018) — The shareholders of Yount, Hyde and Barbour, P.C. (YHB) have voted to admit Bryan Newlin as principal into the Firm effective June 1, 2018. “We are proud to welcome Bryan as a partner of YHB,” said Scott Moulden, Managing Partner. “Bryan has been a key player in growing the… Read more »

Framing a Framework | Understanding Your IT Environment

IT is complex.  In order to keep the complexity under control it is wise to consider a framework to evaluate and plan your IT environment.  A framework is defined as a basic structure underlying a system, concept, or text.  While generally most frameworks are intended for larger organizations, it can also prove useful in smaller… Read more »

Historical Network Resiliency Planning

The Winchester Star, the local newspaper here in YHB’s hometown, publishes a weekly column of stories from their archives called ‘Out of the Past’. It covers 25, 50, 75, and 100 years of newspaper reporting and gives historical context to what was important in those times. It also makes it easy to pine for headlines… Read more »

Project Management for the Rest of Us

I’m not sure if it is because I am getting older or if it is because life continues to get more chaotic, but I find myself constantly looking for better ways to get things done.  I am not a Project Management Professional but I have found some very important and simple elements from the basic… Read more »

SOC for Cybersecurity

If you will recall, the April 25, 2017 edition of deTECH discussed changes in SOC reporting in 2017. Many changes are cosmetic or address changes in accounting standards. For example, SOC no longer means Service Organization Control. Instead, the AICPA has introduced the term system and organization controls to refer to SOC engagements. In addition, SSAE 16… Read more »