Many accounting firms funnel time, energy and money into products to maintain network security. However, despite the continued efforts to secure their networks, the biggest threat to these organizations frequently comes in the form of the uninformed computer users on the inside. A security program is only as strong as its weakest link - that is where the human element comes into play.

Computers and Internet access are valuable in the accounting industry, and although security software should be used in any office, attention should be focused on the potential threats that accompany the use of the technology. Even small accounting firms or individual accountants working out of their homes need to protect their computers and the sensitive information residing on them. Too many organizations have already learned the hard way that security technology alone cannot completely secure a company network.

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