If your firm is anything like Ilene Eisen's Monterey, Calif.-based firm, ie Solutions, there have been some major upgrades in security around your office this year.Eisen, a CPA and Certified Information Technology Professional, has started using an online back-up for her files, so that they cannot be physically lifted away during a robbery; implemented password-protected USB drives; and changed the password on her PC. She has also made her wireless network secure in her office, and has started running spyware as well as patch updates for her computer applications.

"We're becoming much more aware. Now I hear these in-your-face [IT security] announcements constantly - at least once a month, if not more," said Eisen. "I'm also seeing more and more stories about identity theft. What I am more concerned about, and more aware of, is I'm not seeing people taking the precautions I want them to."

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