CPA

5 Tips To Securing Payroll Data

Posted on 07/11/2017

Employees’ Payroll Data is highly sensitive and needs to be treated with the utmost care – but you already knew that. At Velan Bookkeeping we provide outsourced bookkeeping services to CPAs and a part of our service platter is outsourced payroll management. In this post, we’re going to cover 5 great ways Payroll can be secured.

It takes more effort than just classifying your Payroll as “Confidential”, to implement security and confidentiality in real! You got to take some strong steps and implement some robust practices if you are to avoid falling victim to cybercrime. In today’s berated cybercrime landscape, data breaches to hackers is what coffee is to us! Notwithstanding how perplexing that sounds, it pretty much real and our first line of defense against such breaches is proper training and careful oversight.

From human errors to outdated virus protections, we’re going to discuss 5 ways liabilities find a way inside our system. This post will outline how we can effectively tackle these common yet terrifying threats. As an outsourced payroll service provider, we stay up-to-date and consistently work with an upper hand on information security when dealing with clients’ data. It goes without saying that Velan Bookkeeping is your perennial partner when it comes to protecting your payroll data, thanks to years of experience in CPA bookkeeping services!

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 5 way to protect Payroll Data

  1. Most organization offer greater ease of access to employees when it comes to Payroll information. Does your organization offer mobile access to Payroll Data? If yes, then you need to thoroughly check and determine whether that’s secure enough. If you offer access using a mobile app, run it through testing to ensure security. Features like mobile passcode, fingerprint scan, OTP, encryption etc., are imperative.
  2. To ensure that payroll data is secure, you need to ensure that all the involved personnel are well-trained on the proper use of Payroll Software. When updates to the software happen, deploy trainings that will enable the users understand the changes and their impacts. New employees and old employees, both should receive induction and refresher trainings respectively.
  3. Review your company policy for sharing passwords and confidential information of all sorts. Consider automation of data entry whenever possible, to significantly reduce the chances of data entry errors.As an employer, you should know how service providers authenticate the identities of those who are allowed access. Appointed personnel(s) must ensure that multifactor authorization is in place.
  4. Keeping your software up-to-datewith the latest security patches and protections,is one way of steering clear of potential threats. Perform routine checks on your software for to determine glitches and identify available upgrades. New updates from your software vendors, more often than not, are responses to newly identified viruses and threats. Refraining from updates could leave your software, and payroll data, vulnerable.
  5. Even while outsourcing payroll to Velan, most of our clients do have certain stakeholders (such as HR) who continually access payroll data. We ensure they have secure processes and policies in place. Encryption is imperative in establishing secure and safe data transmission in these cases. A secure portal for uploading and downloading documents is a good safe practice and can be helpful where EDI is not in place. Regular accuracy checks in such cases are vital and prove greatly beneficial.

If you are looking to outsource Payroll, Velan Bookkeeping can help you! We provide outsourced bookkeeping services to CPAs and have reliable experience in handling, Payroll, Taxation, AR, AP, Bookkeeping, Financial Reporting etc., using established secure processes. We are ISO 27001 certified for Information Security and rest assured, we practice the highest standards of secure data transmission! Reach out to us @ 1-516-717-2049

Topics: CPA , Outsourcing Accounting , Payroll Services


Financial Softwares: What does Gartner’s MQ say?

Posted on 15/09/2017

Gartner has released its first-ever Magic Quadrant for Core Cloud Financial Software Management Suites! Concentrating solely on Cloud-based ERP which serves mid-sized, large and global organizations. At the onset, Gartner has excluded all players serving SMBs niche. This report revolves around the bigger ERP players.

Financial Software

While we’re waiting for the Critical Capabilities report which Gartner promised to deliver in the third-quarter of this year, join us in rehashing this first-of-its-kind report from Gartner.

Some surprising results

At Velan, we took a quick gasp when we first saw it. In the niche players’ quadrant, there lies SAP! SAP is not going to take this lightly especially considering the fact that ERP & Finance are its core strengths and S/4HANA is doing the rounds. I mean, when was the last time you saw SAP in the niche players’ quadrant? I can’t place a single MQ (except this one) where SAP wasn’t a visionary or more often, a leader. Can you?

Velan has served quite a few European clients who favor SAP over all others, while the Americans lean towards Oracle. For the record – regardless of the tools our clients use, we have the ability to dexterously handle GL, AR, and AP in an offshore model.

Oracle is way ahead in this game! Cheers to that license-ridden beast. Considering our experience with clients so far, we sincerely believe SAP should’ve been positioned right next to Oracle in the top-right quadrant, but here’s what Gartner notes as reasons for placing SAP in the lower-left:

  • Only SAP Business ByDesign fits the inclusion criteria set for this report. May include SAP S/4Hana is a possible candidate for future inclusion.
  • ByDesign targets SMBs with 1500 employees or lesser.
  • SAP Business ByDesign is primarily sold as a suite solution; SAP has limited focus on line-of-business finance marketing and sales.”+
  • According to Gartner, ByDesign risks being overshadowed by SAP S/4HANA Cloud since SAP is focusing considerable marketing effort in the HANA direction.

Gartner also notes that:

  • SAP Business ByDesign is most often used as a standalone financials system.
  • It can scale to support upper-midsize organizations.
  • Gartner is aware of organizations using SAP Business ByDesign that have revenue in excess of $1 billion+

Do you feel that Gartner never got around to dissecting the SAP ERP solution as a whole? Shaun from SCMFocus sure finds this “niche player” tag quite strange.

Some Expected Outcomes

It’s nice to see Sage Intacct reigning as a visionary, followed closely by Microsoft, FinancialForce, and Accumatica. We’ve not seen many clients using Accuamtica and this fact has been outlined by Gartner as well, in the Cautions section for Accumatica – Gartner notes that Accumatica lacks brand awareness and its marketing, focusses more toward the suite as a whole and loses out on the professionals and prospective clients in the financial realm.

With a good share of our clients using Workday, Intacct, and FinancialForce, we hope to see a lot more clients adopt these tools owing to their position on the quadrant.

The only two giants who’ve managed to position themselves in the leaders’ quadrant are Oracle and Workday. Between Oracle and Workday, the market footprint is oceans apart i.e. while Oracle boasts of a market cap of 209.97 billion and spreads across 7 continents, Workday only has an approximate market cap of 20.5 billion. Workday leaves behind giants like Epicor, Deltek, Microsoft and SAP (debatably, unless SAP wanted the industry to move on to S/4HANA & the upcoming quarter’s report may perhaps include it).

Intacct’s completeness of vision means this tool is in for the long haul – we can almost see it hitting the top right quadrant very soon.

Whatever the tool, rely on Velan

Velan offers exemplary outsourced accounting and bookkeeping services for CPAs and firms. Whatever be the ERP of your choice, Velan’s resources are adept and experienced in a wide range of Cloud-based ERP systems! We’ve worked with clients big and small. Whether you’re an SMB or a larger-than-life enterprise, Velan can offer you a team of accountants like no other.

For all your outsourced accounting & bookkeeping needs, all you need to do is call us @ 1-516-717-2049. Velan handles everything, right from bookkeeping to full-fledged accounting using any and every ERP software – General ledger (GL), Accounts Payables (AP), Accounts Receivables (AR), reports and analysis. Velan can help you cut down on your staffing, training & infrastructure costs by providing an extended cost-effective offshore team.

Reference:

  1. https://www.gartner.com/doc/reprints?id=1-43I9UCB&ct=170619&st=sb
  2. + marks direct excerpts from the report

Topics: Accounting , CPA , Financial Reporting