Dan Ramey, PKF Texas’ Director of Internal Audit was recently featured alongside three other Certified Information Technology Professionals (CITP) on the AICPA website as a part of the bi-monthly InfoTech Update. Dan and his fellow CITPs were interviewed and provided case studies addressing the results of the 2008 AICPA Top Technology Initiatives Survey.
Dan’s case study focuses on Business Continuity Management/Disaster Recovery Planning. He says, “There are too many companies that encounter a disaster and are never able to recover and get back to work.”
You may recall that we did a PKF Texas – The Entrepreneur’s Playbook™ back in April about Business Continuity Management. Many business owners don’t think that a disaster will happen to them and when it does, they don’t have a plan in place to get back on their feet.
Another subject Dan touches on is IT Governance. He says, “Finding ways to keep company, client and employee data secure will continue to get harder every year. Every time we think we are catching up, the bad guys are one step ahead of us.”
As a CPA, CFE and CITP, I agree with Dan’s statements. Companies must take the time to evaluate their IT vulnerabilities and then take the steps to reduce their risk. As the old adage goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry.