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BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) Considerations

Migrating from a traditional in-house network to a cloud-hosted network provides CPA firms with many benefits and opportunities. One of those benefits is flexibility. Employees are no longer dependent on a singular workstation, located in a physical office that’s only open during business hours, to get work done. They are also not hampered by limited remote access that is only configured for select users, or for certain applications that has simply been bolted onto an on-premise network.

The enhanced flexibility made possible by a cloud-hosted network, enables users to work with all of their data, in all of their applications, at any time, from just about any device. While this flexibility can improve employee productivity and user experience, it does open the door to new security and policy implications for firm and IT management to review. This article will take a look at the implications of the ability for users to work from any device and offer a suggestion for CPA firms working in the cloud.

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Xcentric Has Joined the Inc. 5000 10X Club

Xcentric is on the 2017 Inc. 5000 list, making this our 10th time in-a-row receiving this honor! Inc. refers to this milestone as joining the 10X Club, with fewer than half of one percent of Inc. 5000 honorees entering this “Club.”

This is an exclusive ranking of America’s fastest-growing private companies. To qualify for this list, companies must be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent. The top 5000 qualified candidates are ranked according to their percentage revenue growth over the past four years.

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The Last Server You Will Buy

I drive a 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser. It’s a beast, gets horrible gas mileage, won’t die, and I love it. I bought it for $10,200 8 years ago and could sell it today for approximately $8K. The best depreciating asset investment I have ever made!

The speed at which innovation, market demands and regulation are going (i.e. autonomous vehicles) combined with urban concentration, mind bending traffic, etc. lead me to believe that my beloved Land Cruiser is likely the last car I purchase that a) has a steering wheel that I can control and/or b) is gas powered.

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Xcentric Honored in 2017 Fast Growth 150 List

We’re excited to announce that Xcentric has made it on CRN‘s 2017 Fast Growth 150 list. The list is CRN’s annual ranking of North America-based technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants with gross sales of at least $1 million that have experienced significant economic growth over the past two years. The 2017 list is based on gains in gross revenue between 2014 and 2016, and the companies recognized represent a total, combined revenue of more than $16,717,688,643.

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Are you doing background checks on your vendors and/or their owners?

Many of us are stringent when it comes to hiring people. We all want good people! We all make certain assumptions on what “good people” equals, but we use a background check to make sure our gut about these people match what their records show. As a firm dealing with sensitive data, it’s important to look at credit reports and run background checks on employees. This is not a hot take, and I am sure you agree with me. Yes, in some cases people definitely have learned lessons and deserve a second chance; this is your firm’s call. 

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Your Firm’s Weak Link – You and Your Co-workers

The greatest security threat to your firm is not on the outside but on the inside.  You know this by now – it’s been preached ad nauseam over the last few years, but what are you doing about it?!

You have technology in place to help you curb threats from the outside world (firewalls, dual authentication, etc.) but ultimately, the people of the firm are the last line of defense for anything that gets through.

Are you training?  Are you running background checks?  Do you have a process for hiring/firing employees when it comes to technology?

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New Security Webinar Available for Cloud Clients

Hey Xcentric Cloud clients, check out this new training video in our knowledge base and learning platform (Xcentric Learn), exclusively for our clients.  Watch this thirty-minute video as our Director of Consulting, Roman Kepczyk, walks through security threats to your firm and how to prevent a breach/attack.

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At what firm size does it make sense to go to the cloud?

This is a popular question I have gotten over the years.  I used to try to answer the question with a token answer that at the end of the day didn’t really help the person who asked.  Now that I am a wily veteran in the IT space with accounting firms, I pivot the question.  Here is my brief answer to the question:

It’s not about size, it’s about position.

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Xcentric and Citrix Make Mobile Access Secure and Simple

Isn’t mobility great? It makes it possible for employees to work anywhere, on any device, and be more productive than anyone could have ever imagined. But it’s not always so great for your business when it comes to making that access both secure and easy.

Increasingly, security concerns are putting companies between a rock and a hard place – having to choose whether to limit mobile access to company data on corporate or personal devices (which makes it harder for people to work at maximum productivity) or to give employees free rein to use their own devices (which makes it harder to secure sensitive data).

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