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Aligning IT Strategy with Business Objectives for agriculture organizations

Aligning IT Strategy with Business Objectives for Agriculture Organizations

As with many industries, the agriculture industry and its cooperatives are beginning to see dramatic changes in how technology can enable aspects of many business processes, soil and crop analysis, and even traceability of crops.  Farming is becoming more and more automated via robotics with soil, crop, and livestock sensors collecting reams of data. However, […]

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IT Strategy Considerations for Construction Companies

IT Strategy Considerations for Construction Companies

As with many industries, the construction industry is beginning to see a change in how technology can enable aspects of many processes.  However, with an average spend of approximately 1.5% of revenue on information technology (the lowest among any industry), construction companies must ask themselves, “are we deploying our IT resources in the most effective […]

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Requesting a SOC Report

Requesting a SOC Report

The significance of managing risks associated with your vendors is more important than ever. As more companies outsource key processes, technologies, and data management and storage, many control activities are no longer directly performed by company personnel. However, the responsibility for those controls still resides with your company. Outsourcing exposes your organization to risk and […]

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FAQ: System and Organization Controls (SOC) Reports

FAQ: System and Organization Controls (SOC) Reports

What kinds of companies need SOC reports? Organizations that provide the following types of services for customers/clients may benefit from a SOC examination and report to demonstrate to customers/clients the strength of their internal controls: Software as a Service Outsourced Transaction Processors (e.g., Payroll Processors, TPA’s) Professional Services with Access to Sensitive Client Data (e.g, […]

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IoT (Internet of Things) technology impact on manufacturers

IoT (Internet of Things) Impact on Manufacturers

The Internet of Things (IoT) has the opportunity to have a profound impact on the manufacturing sector for both large and small businesses. Whether it is monitoring operations on the factory floor, monitoring the health of specific manufacturing equipment, increasing connectivity between the supply chain, manufacturers, and consumers, or gaining valuable data insights, there are scores […]

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Is Your NFP Organization at Risk_ Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

Cyber Security Vulnerabilities for NFPs

Please see Updated Article for the latest in Cyber Security A hot topic of many conversations recently has been cyber security. Are not-for-profit organizations at risk? If so, what should be done to address the risks? Not-for-profit organizations handle sensitive data every day, which make them a prime target for an attacker. Reputation is everything […]

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Blockchain Applications in Manufacturing

Blockchain Applications In Manufacturing

The most common use of blockchain today is for the variety of crypto-currencies in circulation around the world, including Bitcoin. However, several industries have begun to look at how blockchain technology can be used to transform their business processes and transaction processing. The Wall Street Journal/CIO Journal reported in a January 30, 2017 article that […]

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Looking forward: Blockchain and Healthcare

Looking Forward: Blockchain And Healthcare

Blockchain is beginning to garner more and more attention in the business media and being touted as the next transformative use of technology across many industries, including healthcare. The most common use of blockchain today is for a variety of cryptocurrencies in circulation around the world, including Bitcoin. However, several industries have begun to look […]

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Future Blockchain Technology Uses in Manufacturing

Future Blockchain Technology Uses In Manufacturing

Bitcoin. Bitcoin. Bitcoin. It seems like everyone today, from the media to your neighbor, is talking about this trendy crypto-currency. However, we believe the most amazing part about Bitcoin is hardly the currency itself; it is the blockchain technology behind it and its business use. What is blockchain technology? Blockchain is a shared ledger of […]

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4 Cyber Security Tips for Not-For-Profits on a Budget

4 Cybersecurity Tips For Not-for-profits On A Budget

by Ashley Jones, CPA, Manager Following the headlines from any news source these days, it seems that cyber security is just about always trending. While this is not a new topic, with attacks becoming more common, cyber security is something every organization should be seriously addressing. Not-for-profits need to be prepared as much as any […]

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7 Steps To Protect Your Information From Wannacry Attackers

WannaCry (aka WannaCrypt) is the latest ransomware (a type of malware or malicious program) that encrypts files on workstations (laptops/desktops) and servers, then demands ransom money in order to decrypt the files. Unless the victim pays the ransom, they are prevented from restoring their data, systems and operations. WannaCry uses a very well-known vulnerability found […]

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Cyber Security for Not-For-Profits

Data breaches can occur in any organization, and not-for-profits (NFPs) are not immune. Oftentimes NFPs can be at risk because their systems are not up-to-date or are simplistic in nature. It’s very important for NFPs, especially those that collect donor or member information (including names, addresses, email addresses, and credit card information), to address cyber […]

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Webinars

Columbus CEO Talks Cybersecurity and Data Management with Blue & Co. | Blue & Co, LLC | Cybersecurity and Data Management Practice

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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Blue & Co.'s December 2020 Webinars | Free webinars | Financial services and consulting | PPP | Paycheck Protection Program Webinar | Manufacturing Webinars | Cybersecurity Webinars

Blue & Co. December 2020 Webinars

It’s webinar season at Blue & Co., LLC.! Check out all of our upcoming events for the week of December, 14. Monday, December 14 Panel Discussion Regarding Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Webinar – Free to attend On Monday, December 14 from noon – 1 p.m. EST, Blue & Co., LLC will be hosting a panel […]

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New DoD Cybersecurity Requirements for the Construction Industry | Department of Defense | Webinar Construction |

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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Importance of Data in Industry 4.0 | Manufacturing | Industry 4.0

On-Demand Webinar: Importance of Data in Industry 4.0

Join Us! On Tuesday, December 15, Tom Skoog, Cybersecurity & Data Management Practice Leader, and Stephen Stringer, CPA, led a discussion on Industry 4.0 and how manufacturers can best collect, manage, and protect data. They discussed: Technological innovations in manufacturing and Industry 4.0 Why data is so important to manufacturers of all sizes and how […]

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Gold lock on a laptop keyboard | FBI Warns Ransomware Attacks Threaten US Healthcare System | IT Consulting Services | Healthcare Consulting Services | Blue and Co. LLC

FBI Warns Ransomware Attacks Threaten US Healthcare System

Health systems are being warned by federal officials that cybercriminals are preparing to unleash a wave of ransomware attacks designed to lock up hospital information systems, which could hurt patient care just as nationwide cases of COVID-19 are spiking. It is anticipated by federal authorities this attack will occur this weekend. The attackers are utilizing […]

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NFP Cybersecurity Risks

Is Your NFP Organization at Risk?

Cyber Security Vulnerabilities In light of the recent Blackbaud data breach, we are reminded of the importance of ensuring your data is secure and being aware of cybersecurity vulnerabilities. What should be done to address the risks? Not-for-profit organizations handle sensitive data every day, which makes them a prime target for an attacker. Reputation is […]

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