When the American Institute of CPAs' top tech gurus sat down to coordinate its annual top technology initiatives survey for 2007, they decided to broaden its focus to identify technology issues - not just products - in an effort to bring a more practical bent to the project."It's not from a 'gee-whiz-wow' perspective," explained David Cieslak, CPA, CITP and chair of the AICPA's Top 10 Technology Initiatives Task Force for the second year. "Each of these [issues] are framed as an initiative that you could put your arms around and pursue as an organization. We came at it from a fresh angle."

For the fifth consecutive year, information security management topped the list as the most important and influential technology concern among financial professionals. More than 50 percent of the roughly 1,500 IT people involved in the institute's annual technology issues rankings voted for information security management as the top concern, according to task force member Jim Bourke, CPA, CITP, who also serves as partner-in-charge of internal technology at the CPA and business advisory firm of WithumSmith+Brown, in Red Bank, N.J.

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