Smart Stops On The Web


Stop Threats Near and Far
www.isalliance.org
Are your company’s computers suffering from Web insecurity? Give your PCs peace of mind with a visit to the Internet Security Alliance e-stop. Free registration gets you three best practices guides on cybersecurity for individuals, senior managers and small businesses. The News section offers the “Insider Threat Study: Computer System Sabotage in Critical Infrastructure Sectors.”

Get in the Know
www.software-engine.org
CPAs and IT managers looking for software can click on this Web site for free downloads, program reviews and vendors. A search for accounting software returns links to sites that offer demos, explanations and pricing information. Or you can search categories such as antivirus, banking, content management, telecom and Web design software.

Risky Business
www.disasterrecoveryworld.com
CPAs and IT professionals will find business continuity and disaster recovery planning tips in a slide-show presentation at this Web stop. Other resources include articles, papers and real-life disaster recovery stories, guidelines for testing a plan and a suggested statement of support from the executive level of your organization.

For the Record
www.itic.org
The Information Technology Industry Council keeps track of regulatory policy documents such as guidelines for grounding IT equipment and lists international IT standards through a link to the International Committee for Information Technology Standards’s e-stop. Categories of interest for CPAs include electronic commerce, export controls, intellectual property, taxation and telecommunications.

CPA, Sell Thyself
www.aicpa.org/cpamarketing
Looking to get the word out about your professional services? CPAs can check out the Marketing Tool Kit section of the AICPA’s Web site to find advertisements and brochures for business consulting, personal financial planning and tax, or to get downloadable versions of the CPA logo. Other links give information on becoming a media resource, effective advertising and marketing strategies, and sample press releases for announcing new firm partners, results of client satisfaction surveys or office relocations.

New Blog on the Block
www.taxfoundation.org
In addition to offering visitors free tax information—such as a comparison of state and local tax burdens and the latest on Social Security reform—this Web site posts free papers, special reports and the quarterly e-publication Tax Watch . It also has added a new section, Tax Policy Blog, where entries include “A New Day for State Corporate Income Taxes?” and “Hard Choices for Tax Reform Panel.”

An Insightful Site
www.smarteconomist.com
CPAs interested in corporate finance and governance, economic policies, financial markets and new technologies can register free at this Web stop to tap into its full list of reports and research papers. Titles include “Historical Cost vs. Mark-to-Market Accounting,” “Is Patent Protection Affected By Its Financing?” and “Portfolio Management In an Integrated World Economy.”

Webby Women
www.worldwit.org
Visitors looking for insights on how business and technology affect working females can find them here. WorldWit members can post their ideas, find tips and strategies on job searching, and get advice on managing retirement portfolios or retaining top talent. Some discussions focus on the business of being a mom and the secrets of serenity. The Blogs at WorldWit section offers opinions from members on networking for success, the male perspective and the nature of business.

Climb to the Top
www.theladders.com
Looking for a new hire? Go to this executive-level job site, first mentioned as a May 2005 Smart Stop (page 23), to find earnest applicants. CPA job seekers can become premium members and take advantage of a resume critique service and access the newly revamped link to http://mktg.theladders.com , which offers searches of advanced position posts and direct links to employers’ Web classifieds. All registered users can receive online guidance, such as “Personal Branding From ‘Bewitched’ to ‘The Apprentice,’” and current and archived newsletters.

Get a Financial Life
http://finance.yahoo.com
CPAs can use this free section of Yahoo.com to check stock quotes, read news about public companies and review the performance of mutual funds. You also can sign up for a free trial of streaming stock market data, featuring real-time quotes and information about stock exchange fluctuations. The trial also allows users to access live tick-by-tick charts and compare stocks and indices.

SPONSORED REPORT

Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.

QUIZ

News quiz: IRS warning on cyberattacks and a change in pension rules

Once again, the IRS sounds the alarm about a threat from cyberthieves. See how much you know about this and other recent news with this short quiz.

CHECKLIST

Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.