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Information security still top tech issue.



The AICPA AICPA

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 issued its annual ranking of the 10 technologies most likely to significantly affect practitioners, their clients and their employers in the coming year. First on the list (www.aicpa.org/Infotech/technologies/toptechs.htm) for the third consecutive year is information security--the use of hardware, software, processes and procedures to protect the data in an organization's systems--followed by electronic document management to reduce paperwork; data integration to ensure the synchronization (1) See synchronous and synchronous transmission.

(2) Ensuring that two sets of data are always the same. See data synchronization.

(3) Keeping time-of-day clocks in two devices set to the same time. See NTP.
 of information in each of a company's business systems; antispam technology to reduce or eliminate unwanted e-mail; disaster recovery; collaboration and messaging technologies that enable personnel to work together regardless of physical location; wireless communications wireless communications

System using radio-frequency, infrared, microwave, or other types of electromagnetic or acoustic waves in place of wires, cables, or fibre optics to transmit signals or data.
 technologies; authentication (1) Verifying the integrity of a transmitted message. See message integrity, e-mail authentication and MAC.

(2) Verifying the identity of a user logging into a network.
 technologies, such as biometric identification Noun 1. biometric identification - the automatic identification of living individuals by using their physiological and behavioral characteristics; "negative identification can only be accomplished through biometric identification"; "if a pin or password is lost or , that protect an individual's privacy and identity from internal and external threats; storage technologies--large and small--to accommodate organizational and personal needs; and learning and training methods end users can employ to improve their practical use of hardware and software.
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Title Annotation:Highlights
Publication:Journal of Accountancy
Date:Mar 1, 2005
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