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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

National Cybersecurity = Cloud Computing Security

A recent article Inc.com article claimed that the percentage of U.S. small businesses using cloud computing is expected to more than double during the next six years, from 37 percent to nearly 80 percent (http://www.inc.com/graham-winfrey/why-the-cloud-will-transform-small-business-by-2020.html). This forecast was gleaned from a just released Emergent Research and Intuit study. This statement is also very scary in that it also highlights the growing importance of the cybersecurity threat to the nation’s economic livelihood.

Jeremy Grant, an adviser at the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, says in the past two years he has seen "a relatively sharp increase in hackers and adversaries targeting small businesses." According to Symantec, cyberattacks on small businesses rose 300 percent in 2012 from the previous year (http://www.inc.com/jana-kasperkevic/cyber-spies-target-small-businesses.html).

According to the Small Business Administration (http://www.sba.gov/offices/headquarters/ocpl/resources/13493):
  • The 23 million small businesses in America account for 54% of all U.S. sales.
  • Small businesses provide 55% of all jobs and 66% of all net new jobs since the 1970s.
  • The 600,000 plus franchised small businesses in the U.S. account for 40% of all retail sales and provide jobs for some 8 million people.
  • The number of small businesses in the United States has increased 49% since 1982.
  • Since 1990, as big business eliminated 4 million jobs, small businesses added 8 million new jobs.
The rapid rise in the adoption of cloud by small business therefore also indicates that cloud is rapidly becoming critical to the nation’s economic stability. With this, national cybersecurity will essentially be synonymous with national cloud computing security.

If you are a small business owner then, you should take action today. To begin with, visit SBA’s Cybersecurity for Small Business (http://www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning-center/training/cybersecurity-small-businesses). This self-paced training exercise provides an introduction to securing your information. Topics include: Defining cybersecurity; Explaining the importance of securing information through best cybersecurity practices; Identifying types of information that should be secured; Identifying the types of cyber threats; Defining risk management; and Listing best practices for guarding against cyber threats. You should also create your own cyber planning guide by visiting the FCC Small Biz Cyber Planner 2.0 (http://www.fcc.gov/cyberplanner). Use this tool to create and save a custom cyber security plan for your company, choosing from a menu of expert advice to address your specific business needs and concerns.


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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Vets 360 Sponsoring Service Members To Attend Gartner Catalyst Conference

http://vets360.org/gartner-catalyst-conference/


Veterans 360 will be attending the Gartner Catalyst Conference. They are also sponsoring the attendance of active duty service members that are currently in the US military and serving in an IT related position. If you are in such a technology role and are interested in attending this “must-attend” technology conference to learn strategies on how to leverage mobile, cloud, and big data. Please visit Vets 360 at http://vets360.org/gartner-catalyst-conference/ to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity.

http://vets360.org/gartner-catalyst-conference/

In line with their four pronged approach (engagement, education, employment, and healing), and to help veterans get the skills necessary to obtain employment with a solid future, Vets 360 offers Cloud Technology Certification training to transitioning veterans. Their goal is to provide in depth training that will allow their students to gain meaningful employment in an industry with real career potential.

GovCloud Network is a proud sponsor of Vets 360!

http://vets360.org/cloud/







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Monday, July 28, 2014

ERPGovCloud: Your Path to DCAA Compliance

So you won your first Government Contract… Congratulations! 

Among the new issues you will need to consider, your accounting systems, both practices and technology, will need to pass muster with Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) auditors. This will require a combination of internal processes and controls. Your accounting system will need to properly delineate direct and indirect costs, must properly pool indirect costs, and must properly handle unallowable costs.
http://www.govcloudnetwork.com/erp-govcloud.html

It’s likely that you are currently using Quickbooks, the dominant player in small and medium enterprise (SME) accounting. You may need a new software solution. We have seen estimates that Quickbooks’ Chart of Accounts can be restructured to make DCAA compliance possible in about a week. However, you will also need to add a DCAA compliant Time Sheet system, and will probably need to add a third party reporting system like Qqube or similar, then invest the time to create the detailed reports you want for internal analysis, as well as the invoicing and other forms you will need to submit to the agency for which you are work. If you are successful, you will have created a custom, band-aid type system with multiple vendors, which creates complexity, increasing training costs, and the likelihood of errors. Consistent with the rest of the market, Intuit is making a hard sell of both users and ProAdvisors toward Quickbooks Online - but their own internal training ProAdvisor training resources advise that using QBO for time billing is not a good fit. QBO does not handle inventory well, either, which has spawned multiple inventory add-ons for QBO.

Instead of trying to take Quickbooks Desktop where it was never designed to go, consider a fully integrated accounting, timesheet, contract management, expense management, purchasing, CRM, and Human Resource system. If your company has the I.T. resources including the required database server capacity and licenses, self-hosting may be an option. For a lot of small to medium businesses who can’t or choose not to shoulder those infrastructure expenses, accounting software that runs against a cloud database is the best solution. Ideally, though, look for the option to switch from one deployment model to the other- that kind of agility will benefit your business. ERPGovCloud meets all the functional requirements listed above, including timesheet entry for employees and/or subcontractors, ADP and Paychex export, multiple pay classes per employee, and generation of complete government invoice packages, including forms 1034 and 1035. 

http://www.vcita.com/v/govcloudnetwork/online_scheduling?service_id=51aabc42f45e417b#/staffs

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