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Habits That Threaten Security

Five years ago most CFO’s would have told you that digital security was the worry of the IT team. But as technology becomes an increasingly larger part of accounting practice, security becomes a shared concern.

The team at Accounting Today developed a list of top "bad habits" of accounting departments. The most common "bad habits" putting their work at risk:

Shared Passwords. In the interest of simplicity, many accounting teams utilize a common or shared password for software. While this makes for easier password changes and tracking, it presents a security risk. Shared passwords are difficult to keep confidential and make the point of breach more difficult to pinpoint. You should always keep your passwords unique and completely confidential.

Unencrypted USBs. It’s quick and easy to grab a USB drive and save some files before you leave the office. But it’s important that you ensure that the drive you’re using is encrypted. If you were to lose an unencrypted drive, anyone who found it could access the information you stored.

Unattended Computers. When it comes to confidential data, you should not leave your computer unattended. It only takes a few seconds for someone to grab your laptop or to copy information off of your screen. At work or out-of-the office do not step away from your computer without closing it down.

Mobile Devices. It’s common practice these days to connect your mobile device to the wireless network at work. But, if that connection can access private information, it should only be accessed with secure devices. Mobile devices do not come equipped with the security needed to keep workplace data safe. Before you use your mobile device to access workplace accounts and financials be sure to check with your internal IT team.

Keeping your company’s network and financial data confidential is as much a part of your role as an accountant as financial transactions and reporting. By looking at your workplace habits, you can help minimize risk. By doing so, you’ll be doing yourself and your organization a big favor.

Habits That Threaten Security

Talking Politics and Your Job Interview

According to a Pew Research study, America has never been more polarized, and more so by politics than any other issue! So, as our country is in the full-swing of debates, commercials, online memes, and much more during this presidential election year, the topic of politics may be impossible to avoid.

However, especially if you are job hunting- and interviewing – this is a topic you should dodge. Whether you are someone who feels so passionately about your candidate and the issues that you can’t imagine not “educating” anyone who asks your opinion, or someone who is so ambivalent you may not even vote; be diplomatic and evade the debate.

Normally, I never advise candidates to sound vague or evasive during a job interview or on the job. Interview questions should be answered directly and with examples of how you successfully handled an issue, problem, or task. However, unless you are interviewing for a job in the political arena your political views may be a deal-breaker to the hiring manager. Don’t bring up politics unless asked, and even then proceed with caution.

Think about these tips before you start talking politics and the upcoming election during a job interview:

  • Listen. If you can listen to an interviewer’s political rant without comment, or by stating a simple, non-committal “that’s an interesting point”, that’s probably your best route.
  • Use a political comment to segue way into a topic change. “Speaking of principles, I understand you have a great corporate culture here! Everyone seems very happy…”
  • No matter how receptive your interviewer may appear to be to your political views, avoid going down that road. Keep the discussion to the job at hand, or very neutral small-talk topics: the local sports win last night, construction traffic, or the lovely fall weather.
Talking Politics and Your Job Interview

What Are You Worth?

As a hiring manager or as a job seeker, knowing the salary ranges for specific roles within your industry is imperative. As a hiring manager, attracting top talent is dependent upon offering competitive salaries and benefits packages. As a job seeker, your salary expectations need to be in-line with your experience and industry.

Salary ranges and expectations should not be a guessing game. At SNI COMPANIES we are here to help. Our new 2017 National Salary Guide is available now and is a valuable tool, no matter on which side of the desk you’re sitting.

SNI Companies is focused in placing Accounting, Finance, Tax, Information Technology, Office Support, Legal, and Banking professionals on a contract, contract-to-hire, project, and direct hire basis. We have offices in major cities across the United States, with recruiters and client service professionals deeply rooted in every community we serve.

Our 2017 National Salary Guide is set up by location, company size, and job title. We’ve done the work – you can easily reference salary standards in any major city, by job title; at a glance, no calculations needed.

Contact us at SNI COMPANIES to find your next top-tier candidate - or, if you are a job seeker looking for your next great role.

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What Are You Worth?