In response to the outcry for integrated software security and accounting services, Scenic City accounting firm Decosimo has partnered with
"Accounting and security go hand in hand," said
Decosimo announced the new partnership in the wake of severe data breaches at retailers like Target,
Such breaches -- which many suspect may be tied to organized crime -- can severely impact a company's profitability, and could also bring them under heavy regulatory scrutiny.
Target, the third-largest retailer in the U.S., saw a 46 percent decrease in its holiday profits, including a
McNabb works with clients like AT&T and
"If you've got a 10-year-old system that's fixing to crash and it's going to put all your financial services at risk, it comes out during these discussions," McNabb said. "It's kind of the perfect marriage."
With businesses newly attuned to the need for tighter security and better technology after the retail breaches and high-profile disclosures by former NSA contractor
For Decosimo, a big advantage to partnering with another company, as opposed to adding IT staff in house, is that the arrangement allows Decosimo to maintain its independent status as an auditor, said
"In some cases, we can't be auditing the systems that we've implemented," he said.
And while McNabb is gaining a crucial partner that already works hand-in-hand with many businesses in the region, Decosimo is gaining the built-in experience of a major staffing firm that's been in business for decades, something that would be difficult to build from the ground up, said
"Rather than us try to create it ourselves, which might take 30 years, what we would rather do is say, 'Jim, we want to partner up with you to take care of our clients' needs, whether it be financial, IT or security,' and it just gives us a chance to work together," Decosimo said. "We have developed these relationships throughout our footprint. What we're trying to do is marry these companies together."
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