Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

LAN Checklist: 12 Tough Questions to Ask a LAN Administrator

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

LAN Checklist: 12 Tough Questions to Ask a LAN Administrator

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12 TOUGH QUESTIONS TO ASK A LAN ADMINISTRATOR

While accountants can benefit enormously when their office computers are linked by a local area network (LAN), such a setup demands skillful and attentive administration. Handled incorrectly, a network can become an expensive nightmare. The responsibility for ensuring that a network runs smoothly falls to the LAN administrator.

The most immediate danger networks face is loss of data. Losses can occur for several reasons: a computer "crash," which occurs when the hard disk drive that stores data malfunctions; the office is hit by an electrical blackout, corrupting data stored on the hard disk; an employee purposely or accidentally erases data; a fire or other disaster destroys the office; or a computer virus obliterates all the data files.

Following are 12 tough questions to ask a LAN administrator to be sure that data vital to the office is safely backed up on a regular basis. The checklist, which appeared first in the American Institute of CPAs newsletter, InfoTech Update, was compiled by Donald Hunt, CPA, a network specialist and partner of Anderson Hunt & Co., Atlanta.

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