For the sixth consecutive year, information security management reigns as the top initiative that will affect IT strategy, investment and implementation over the next 12 to 18 months, according to the American Institute of CPAs' annual Top Technology Initiatives Survey.Some of the profession's top tech gurus pointed to an increased awareness among firms regarding how they transmit confidential information electronically as one reason for the issue's continued high profile among practitioners.

"The threats are evolving, and how those threats are potentially arriving on our doorstep is continuing to be refined, which means as far as people are concerned, it's still No. 1," said David Cieslak, CPA, CITP and chair of the AICPA's Information Technology Executive Committee. "People are doing secure file transmission with their clients. We're noticing a lot of people, this year especially, [who are] just waking up to the fact that when they send files back and forth, maybe just sending them via e-mail isn't the brightest or best way to go."

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