Accounting firms are as technology-driven as any other business today. They face the same challenges that other smaller commercial enterprises do when it comes to keeping their IT infrastructure up, running, and secure.
According to one estimate, accounting firms spend 70% of their budget on maintaining their systems and 30% on new technology. Owners may insist that their in-house IT team can handle any technology challenges that arise, but can a small in-house IT staff (or more likely one person) can provide the range of support needed to maintain infrastructure critical to daily business activities and long-term revenue streams? You are a CPA.
An Accounting professional:
Software Update and Regulatory Compliance:
Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR):
To summarize, it is very clear that having a managed service provider is the best decision any accounting firm can make as far as their network systems are concerned. Your infrastructure is managed from a remote location providing you secure data storage, accessible from anywhere, keeping your systems updated, and providing proactive solutions.
Thousands of viruses are currently circulating on the Internet with more being discovered daily. So how does a virus get it’s name?
There is no official government body or organization that names viruses. In most cases, the anti-virus company that discovers it gets to name it; and, it’s a very competitive race to see who can discover new viruses first!
The criminals creating viruses like to leave clues as to what they want their virus to be named, but researchers who discover (and fight) them don’t give their authors the satisfaction of keeping the name. To hackers, creating a destructive, difficult to disable virus is a badge of honor. So instead of giving these cyber criminals the publicity they crave, virus researchers will name a virus based on the type of system it attacks, what it does, or other random reasons.
For example, the Code Red virus got its name from an eEye Digital Security researcher’s beverage of choice — the cola variety of Mountain Dew soft drink. Apparently he was drinking this the night he cracked the corruptive code.
Creativity aside, most anti-virus companies have policies and letter-number formulas for naming viruses because it’s becoming more and more difficult to come up with unique names for viruses. Symantec’s Norton anti-virus software currently has a catalogue of over 58,193 known viruses—and the number grows every day.
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