CPA VS RON SMITH CONVERSATION SERIES - EPISODE 2

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CPA VS RON SMITH CONVERSATION SERIES - EPISODE 2
  • Patrick Ross
  • 08 Nov 2019
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CPA VS RON SMITH CONVERSATION SERIES - EPISODE 2

Episode 2



2 Minute Read - Data Security



To Read Episode 1 - Click Here





CPA: “Wait, this all sounds too good to be true. Hiring at $9/hour, savings in labor cost, easy recruitment, dedicated staff, flexible hiring, experienced and qualified staff, everything is ok,  What about data security? How can I rely on someone who is working from thousands of miles away?”



RONALD SMITH: “I agree data security and confidentiality is usually the #1 concern of every CPA I speak with. Let me tell you something, we are completely paperless - no pen, paper or printers, we have disabled USB drives in all our computers, no external devices can be connected, staff can’t access external websites, personal emails or social media, upload and download of data is restricted, multi-factor authentication is in place.”



CPA: “But can’t they copy on their local computers, or just copy on a piece of paper? My data is going to travel from here to India and then back to the US.”



RONALD SMITH: “The IT setup is very simple, safe and secure. Your data isn’t going to move at all. We’ll setup remote login and your offshore staff will login to your workstation in your to do the work and logoff when done. No back and forth data transfer is involved, so technically your data never leaves your office.”



CPA: “But what if they take a photograph through their phones? Or someone unauthorized enters and takes a picture of sensitive documents?”



RONALD SMITH: “It can’t happen because mobile phones aren’t allowed in the work area, they have to be kept in a locker before entering the workplace. Also all entries and exits are key card enabled and entire facility is under CCTV camera surveillance that is monitored 24x7.”



CPA: “But let’s simply say what if there is data breach or violation?



RONALD SMITH: “Well let me tell you, we are a US company and we provide you our contract of protecting your data, privacy & confidentiality in writing. So in case if that happens you have stronger recourse against us (although this has never happened in the history of 8 years of our business)”. 



CPA: “But I still run a risk of data breach or confidentiality breach?



RONALD SMITH: “Theoretically Yes, however, your risk needs to be measured in relative terms i.e. Offshore staffing is a cost effective and easy solution to local staffing challenges, so now you need to analyze is offshore staffing increasing risk? Let’s see through below comparison



 







































Particulars



Offshore Staffing



Local Staffing



Is you staff working completely paperless?



Yes



No



Strict Protocols being followed like 





  • No Mobile Phone, 




  • CCTV camera surveillance, 




  • Key card enabled entries & exits, 




  • Disabled USB drives, 




  • Restricted access etc.





Yes



No (Usually not there)



Breach of Data Security



Possible



Possible



Stronger Agreement to Counter/Back up/Protect



Yes



No



Confidence Because of the track record of Entigrity having worked with 500+ accounting firms vs Local Staff Track Record.



Highly Secure



Experience Based




 



Relative analyses actually shows how your risk with Offshore staffing is relatively lower compared to local staffing”



CPA: “I’m not coming to India to check if you are actually following these processes.”



RONALD SMITH: “We are ISO 27001:2013 certified organization for  data security and confidentiality. ISO 27001 is Information Security Management Standard. Also, we are GDPR compliant and also approved by IRS for continuing education. And you are more than welcome to visit our offices in India or easier way, you can take a video tour”



CPA: “You know Ron, all these claims seem too good to be true?”



RONALD SMITH: “I understand, but 500+ CPAs and accounting firms trust us for their offshore staffing needs and we are #1 company specializing in staffing for accounting firms. We have been serving the accounting industry for past 8 years and have 100+ online reviews and dozens of  client success stories on our  YouTube Channel.



If you would like to learn more, let’s schedule a  quick 10-minute phone meeting.

Patrick Ross

Patrick joined team Entigrity in 2015. He has his core expertise in the field of technology but holds very special place for accounting. He has been rigorously doing efforts to find out ways how accounting firms can make the most out of modern information technology.

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