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W hat would have happened if the little boy had not acted? Even worse, what if there had been many more holes—ones no one realized were even there? The results could have been disastrous. That’s the situation facing many, if not most, or- ganizations of all types, including accounting firms, businesses, and other entities that employ CPAs. In my company’s information technology security reviews for organizations, no matter what type of entity they are or what industry they are in, a first- time check of their IT defenses usually reveals 40 or more security holes that need to be patched. Cybersecurity is a daunting challenge—one without a foolproof solution. The good news is that you can help your organization take steps to bolster its defenses. In the end, your organization can’t eliminate the threat of cyberattacks, but a mix of education, controls, and testing can significantly reduce the risk. ■ AICPA RESOURCES JofA article "Technology Q&A: Unforgettable Passwords," April/M ay 2015, page 121 Go tojournalofaccountancy.com to find past articles. Conference Practitioners Symposium and Tech+ Conference, June 5-8, Las Vegas For more inform ation or to make a purchase or register, go to cpa2biz.com or call the Institute at 888-777-7077. Online resource AICPA Cybersecurity Resource Center, aicpa.org/cybersecurity Inform ation Management and Technology Assurance (IMTA) Section and CITP credential The Inform ation M anagement and Technology Assurance (IMTA) division serves members o f the IMTA M embership Section, CPAs w ho hold the Certified Inform ation Technology Professional (CITP) credential, other AICPA members, and accounting professionals w ho w ant to maximize inform ation technology to provide inform ation m anagem ent and/or technology assurance services to m eet their clients' or organization's operational, compliance, and assurance needs. To learn about the IMTA division, visit aicpa.org/IMTA. Inform ation about the CITP credential is available at aicpa. org/CITP. journalofaccountancy.com April 2016 I 63
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