June 15th Lunch-n-Learn: Information Security Threats

Small businesses (SMB’s) are subjected to a daily onslaught of Information Security threats. These threats come in many forms including technical, human, and software vulnerabilities. How does a SMB that is already restricted by personnel, budget, and productivity constraints effectively combat these threats?

There is always more…

More hardware, more software, more people, more procedures.

Just more stuff.

More is not always the answer. Often times other more practical methods or improved configuration/utilization of existing resources are the solution

Corporate Information Technologies (CIT) is a 19 year old information technology firm that are subject matter experts in the areas of Technology Infrastructure, Data Storage and Backup, and Information Security. CIT is privileged to have the opportunity to perform both defensive (Blue) and offensive (Red) team Information Security (InfoSec) assessments for many of their clients. These organizations, many the leaders in their respective industry, have substantial IT infrastructure and Information assets to secure. More often than not these assessments reveal substantial ways to better secure these organizations using their existing systems and investments. Many times training and communication is the only component missing from their InfoSec arsenal.

Understanding the methods and techniques used by attackers is one of the most effective ways to combat attackers. Using this understanding to better craft defenses and detection methods against ever evolving attacks is one of the most effective preventative measures an organization can take.

Humans remain one of the largest weaknesses while simultaneously being one of the greatest assets to any organization’s InfoSec policy. Training and equipping them for battle should be on the forefront of every SMB’s InfoSec plan. Plan, train, rehearse, test. It is often the simplest things that make the greatest differences in the battle to secure an organization against attackers.

On June 15th Corporate Information Technologies (CIT) is hosting a Lunch-n-Learn to share the top 5 ways small businesses are hacked and effective ways to combat them. This talk will be presented by a member of CIT’s offensive security team (Red Team). As ethical hackers, they are involved intimately with the techniques used by their nefarious black-hat counterparts. Come learn how to better secure, detect, and deter hackers from making your organization their next victim.

This event is an informal small-group setting with a member of CIT’s offensive security group discussing this vitally important topic. CIT will provide a non-technical presentation that is intended for both a semi-technical and completely non-technical audience.

2016 LBAHS DAY: The Team Volunteers at LIFESPAN

On June 2nd, 2016, the team celebrated our annual LBAHS DAY. LBAHS DAY is an annual community service day, where the team chooses a non-profit and goes and spends the day assisting in whatever needs to be done. This year the team traveled to Greensboro and volunteered with LIFESPAN. The LIFESPAN Creative Campus programs capture the many wonderful and exciting opportunities that are provided to individuals with developmental disabilities. LIFESPAN’s mission is to empower adults with disabilities by providing education, employment, and enrichment opportunities to live, work, and play in their communities.

LIFESPAN Creative Campus locations host an array of engaging and enriching services including art, drama, horticulture, culinary arts, pottery, recreation and health and wellness.  The curriculum is based upon interests of the individuals that are supported and this allows for an ever changing environment. To learn more, visit: http://www.lifespanservices.org/.

The LBAHS Team rolled up their sleeves after arriving bright and early and got to work in the Andreve Teaching Garden on the LIFESPAN Creative Campus.

LBA Haynes Strand Wins Top Wealth Management Excellence Award

North Carolina CPA firm, LBA Haynes Strand, PLLC has been awarded the 2015 Top Wealth Management Excellence award from HK Financial Services (HKFS). LBA Haynes Strand earned this award by helping clients with strategic wealth management planning.

LBA Haynes Strand was founded on the belief that personal attention, trusted advice, and quality services are key elements to helping clients succeed. In order to further clients’ success, the Firm decided to designate HKFS as their preferred service provider of wealth management services.

This strategic partnership with HKFS provides independent and objective financial services to all clients. HK Financial Services is a Registered Investment Advisor, managing over $1.7 Billion for the clients of its 65+ CPA firms, while providing insurance, brokerage, and retirement planning for its CPA affiliate clients. LBA Haynes Strand is proud to be a part of this partnership.

To learn more, visit our Wealth Management page or contact any of our three office locations!