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The Importance of Incident Response Plans – Lessons Learned

By: Tom Skoog, Cybersecurity & Data Management Practice Leader “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”  Sir Winston Churchill This is our fifth and final article in our five-part series on the importance of incident response planning as part of your cybersecurity program. As a reminder, the concept of Incident […]

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Cybersecurity in the Construction Industry

By: Tom Skoog, Cybersecurity & Data Management Practice Leader Cybersecurity for the construction industry is a growing challenge. The industry is moving towards digital connectivity, not only across the supply chain, but also ‘on site’ as more metrics related to performance, progress, and health & safety are monitored in ‘real time.’ This increase in connectivity […]

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The Importance of Incident Response Plans – Containment & Eradication

By: Tom Skoog, Cybersecurity & Data Management Practice Leader This is the third installment in our five-part series on the importance of incident response planning as part of your cybersecurity program. The purpose of an Incident Response Plan is to proactively plan the actions you will take if you are faced with a serious cybersecurity […]

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The Importance of Incident Response Plans – Detection & Analysis

By: Tom Skoog, Cybersecurity & Data Management Practice Leader Last month, we introduced the concept and importance of Incident Response Plans as part of overall cybersecurity. As stated previously, The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a framework all incident response plans should consider, including: Preparation Detection & Analysis Containment & Eradication […]

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Recommendations to Protect Against Potential Cyberattacks

By: Tom Skoog, Cybersecurity and Data Management Practice Leader As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues, the Biden Administration issued a statement mandating the federal government strengthen its cybersecurity positions and encouraged the private sector to take similar actions. This is in reaction to an expected significant increase in cyberattacks (ransomware, data thefts, etc.) […]

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The Rising Costs for Cyber Insurance and What You Need To Know

By: Tom Skoog, Cybersecurity and Data Management Practice Leader Over the last 12 months, many companies renewing their cyber insurance coverage received quotes with significantly increased rates and severely reduced coverage limits. Why? Let’s start with the history of why it was created in the first place. History of Cyber Insurance The cyber market started in the late 1990s when few companies thought […]

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Manufacturers – The Perfect Target for Cybercriminals

With increasing speed and consistency, data breaches and financial losses due to cybersecurity incidents are occurring across companies of all types – and small and medium-sized manufacturing companies are not exempt. Manufacturing continues to be a top target of cybercriminals. As reported in the 2019 Verizon Breach Report, the industry experienced 536 incidents, 73 with […]

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Columbus CEO Talks Cybersecurity and Data Management with Blue & Co.

The following article was made available and moderated by Ray Paprocki, publisher and general manager at Columbus CEO. In this article, Ray interviews Tom Skoog, the Cybersecurity and Data Management practice leader at Blue & Co., LLC. Columbus CEO Virtual Roundtable: Cybersecurity The U.S. government recently blamed the Russians for a major hack of federal […]

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On-Demand Webinar: New DoD Cybersecurity Requirements for the Construction Industry

This session was presented on both December 9 and December 17 from Noon to 1 p.m. Eastern. During both sessions, Tom Skoog, Cybersecurity & Data Management Practice Leader, and Doug Wise, CPA, led a discussion on the upcoming DoD cybersecurity requirements and how it will potentially impact construction firms who work with DoD contracts. Topics […]

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Blue & Co., LLC acquires Alerding CPA Group

Blue & Co., LLC acquires Alerding CPA Group

Carmel, Ind. (November 23, 2022) – The accounting and consulting firms of Alerding CPA Group (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Blue & Co., LLC (Carmel, Ind.) have announced their merger. The combined firm will operate as Blue & Co., LLC (Blue & Co.), effective December 1, 2022. This acquisition will provide Blue & Co. with greater market […]

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Not-for-Profit Single Audit Requirements – Evaluation of Revenue Sources

By: Holly Fields, CPA, Senior Manager Not-for-profit organizations (NFPs) that receive federal financial assistance over certain levels, either directly from a federal agency or indirectly through state or local agencies, may be required to have a single audit performed under Federal Uniform Guidance. Single Audit Requirements A single audit includes not only an audit of […]

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Occupational Mix Survey: What You Need to Know

Every three years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires any Hospital that is subject to the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) to complete an Occupational Mix Survey (OMS). This data is then used to calculate an Occupational Mix Adjustment Factor (OMAF). The occupational mix adjustment impacts a hospital’s average hourly wage and […]

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