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Information Systems Security BACKGROUND SUMMARY Information Systems security is one of the most significant component in all enterprises no matter the organization is small, medium or large. Over the last decades, new technologies and innovations have greatly and rapidly evolved. With these advances we also need a higher
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demand for more sophisticated and safety Information Systems. The previous used projects and procedures that can protect the critical information of a business are likely outdated and unacceptable in a fast speed. Even though the formerly acceptable Information System security maybe has already outdated, but as new technology development progresses there should be new security standard established in order to satisfy the need of higher levels of IS security in the future. Recently I just start my first full-time job in a small local CPA firm in Greeley called Hoover Harris & Co PC. The organization only has six to seven full time staff and four part-time workers. Our business is more focus on the accounting industry by providing service to individual and small enterprise. Normally we can provide audit service, tax return for individual or corporate, daily transactions record by the software such as Quickbooks and other accounting consultant. Different people working on different part of service, I am currently working on the audit area. Since our firm is too small so there are no strict superior and subordinate levels. We all are good people and center on our own area but always willing to help others. The owner of the enterprise is a professional Certified Public Accountant with many years’ experience and take integrate work of all service areas. The general business process of our service is when clients come in or make a phone call, they first will be asked for the service they want then transfer to the exact people whom response on it. Nevertheless, nearly all the clients we have is old clients that know each other a lot, therefore normally they will just talk with the owner, after that the owner will distribute detailed work to us. I believe the most important thing for us is the customer and the data from customers. So the information systems security seems like the significant part of my working firm to protect the sensitive information and data from the
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customers. I focus on the tax returns preparation and information administration during the first half of the three months since the due date for individual tax returns is April 18th this year. And in the remaining half of the three months, I only deal with the audit information or some individual and corporation tax that has the six months extension due date until October 18th. All clients’ data are stored in the server of the firm and we can find the information through the accounting information software such as Accounting CS, Lacerte Tax 2016 and file cabinet. Some of them can be manipulated or changed due to many reasons, and some of them are locked for ready- only. For example, the tax returns for the tax year 2016 or previous that has been sent and
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