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January 3, 2013
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  Tech Update 
  • How to build a cloud-computing strategy for 2013
    A cloud-computing strategy for the new year needs to strike a balance between agility and security, while embracing all devices. Mobile applications and bring-your-own-device capabilities will continue to be hot trends as smartphones and tablets are expected to exceed 1 billion worldwide. Forbes (12/18), TechTarget.com (12/19), CXOToday.com (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends 
  • AICPA survey: Most CPAs embrace role in helping clients adopt tech
    An AICPA survey found that nearly 40% of CPAs see themselves as catalysts for clients adopting innovative technology, such as cloud computing and mobile devices. Meanwhile, 43% will respond to clients' requests for assistance in assessing and implementing emerging technology that can help business leaders make better decisions. "[M]ost of these companies need a tech-savvy business adviser to help them take advantage of these opportunities, and that's a role CPAs are uniquely qualified to fill," CPA2Biz President and CEO Erik Asgeirsson said. JournalofAccountancy.com (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Big Data needs human insight
    Big Data systems can collect and analyze an impressive amount of information, but it takes people to use such tools effectively. "[I]t will take human analysis to figure out how to understand what it is we 'know,' and how to take action on it," writes Sam Ford, director of digital strategy at Peppercomm. Fast Company online (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to govern Big Data: Krish Krishnan, president of Sixth Sense Advisors, offers a framework for how companies can govern Big Data. An enterprise needs a strong advocate for Big Data, clear usage standards and detailed data-management processes for governance to be successful. Information Management (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Security Corner 
  • 4 steps organizations can take to strengthen information security
    A "staggering" acceleration of change and complexity in technology and cyberthreats has organizations failing to keep pace in the information-security race, Ernst & Young reports in its annual Global Information Security Survey. What can organizations do to bring information security up to speed? Ernst & Young recommends a four-step approach. CGMA Magazine (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to create a risk-based security plan
    The first step to crafting a risk-based security plan is knowing the value of assets. Take an inventory of and appraise key systems and data sources to get a baseline of what needs protection. Dark Reading (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory & Legislative 
  • Ways to reduce regulatory risk with social media
    There are steps companies can take to limit the risk of employees violating securities law by improperly disclosing information on social media. Companies should adopt policies that lay out what information can and cannot be shared on social media as well as administer mandatory training for employees. Mondaq (free registration) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Gain knowledge on the latest business- and practice-management topics. Explore emerging technology and how a dramatic shift toward mobile and cloud-based solutions has changed the way business is conducted. Uncover marketing and business-development techniques that can help you focus on where you want to go and how you are going to get there. Register for the 2013 Practitioners Symposium and Tech+ Conference, scheduled June 10 to 12 in Las Vegas. IMTA Section members and CITP credential holders save an additional $100 or $125, respectively. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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