Network Software Scanner – Free Installed Software Auditing Tool #network #software #scanner,


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Free Tool for Auditing Installed Applications in Windows Networks

This software audit tool allows you to remotely collect a list of installed applications and updates from Windows PCs located in a LAN/WAN. The collected information is stored in a centralized database and includes the application name, version, installation date and other fields available in the Programs and Components dialog in Windows. This information can be exported to CSV files and compared with the results of previous scans to audit the changes.

EMCO Network Software Scanner is designed to perform basic software audit operations in local networks. You can use it to extract information about installed software from PCs located in Windows domains and workgroups. All operations with network PCs are performed remotely and invisible for end users. No client installation or special configuration are required to collect software inventory data remotely from network PCs.

How does the software audit process work? You should specify the group of network PCs to be scanned or let the application scan all available PCs in the network. Also, you have to specify the credentials with an administrative access to the remote PCs. That’s all you need to start a scan. When a scan is finished, you can see its results on a screen and export them to a file.

What are the main benefits of the application? It doesn’t use WMI to collect software inventory info, hence it can be used in networks where WMI is disabled. In addition, the application is designed to work in large-scale networks including thousands of PCs.

EMCO Network Software Scanner Features

The application provides you with basic software inventory features that can help you to audit applications and updates installed on PCs in a local network and export the collected data to prepare software inventory reports according to your needs.

Installed Applications Audit

The application allows scanning Windows computers in a local network to extract information on applications installed on every PC. The reported information includes the application name, version and vendor, installation date and installation size, as well as other fields displayed in the Windows Programs and Components dialog.

Software Updates Audit

Information collected from remote PCs also includes a list of installed software updates. Such lists of updates are grouped by applications, so it’s easy to check the history of updates for all applications. The reported information on updates includes the installation date, version, etc. Some software vendors provide a link with information about the applied changes.

Installed Software Changes Tracking

All information collected during network scans is automatically saved into a database. When the network is scanned next time, the actual software inventory information can be compared with the results of one of the previous scans to detect applications that were installed or uninstalled in the meantime and display them in a special view.

Software Inventory Data Export

For every scanned PC, you can export the collected software inventory information, including a list of installed applications, updates and software changes, to a file in the CSV format. The Export Wizard allows you to configure the export parameters such as delimiters and encoding. The application exports all collected inventory data, including all fields.


Cyber security programs #computer #security #training, #network #security, #information #security, #security #courses,


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SANS Cyber Security Training

SANS cyber security training is an essential element in the development of individuals and teams that are prepared to protect governmental, military, and commercial institutions from cyberattacks.

The SANS Institute is the most trusted, and by far the largest, provider of training, certification, and research to cyber security professionals globally.

  • In 2015, SANS trained over 30,000 people, including professionals from 91% of the Fortune 100, nearly every US government agency involved in our country’s defense against cyberattack, and their counterparts at our most trusted allies in Europe and Asia.
  • Fewer than 75 people are currently qualified to be SANS-Certified Instructors globally. This extraordinary cadre of individuals have been selected through a rigorous process that tests both their expertise in the field *and* their ability to teach effectively. As a group, they author our courses, design our curriculum, and deliver the training in classrooms and online.
  • The 300 employees of the SANS Institute work diligently to enable these instructors to deliver these courses at venues around the world and online, constantly measuring the quality of students’ experience and learning.

The SANS Promise is that students will be able to use what they learn in class the moment they return to their office.

SANS Cyber Security Courses

Advance your career and explore our cyber security training courses and cyber security training events near you, including our site focused on SANS cyber security training in the UK and Europe. Our curricula span from the core essential technical skills and strategies that every cyber security professional should know, to advanced topics in penetration testing and ethical hacking, digital forensics and incident response, defense of critical infrastructure, application development, and audit, and legal topics.

GIAC Cyber Security certifications

GIAC (Global Information Assurance Certification) was founded in 1999 to validate the skills of cyber security professionals. The purpose of GIAC is to provide assurance that a certified individual has the knowledge and skills necessary for a practitioner in key areas of computer, information and software security. GIAC certifications are trusted by thousands of companies and government agencies, and are unique because they measure specific skills and knowledge areas rather than general infosec knowledge. Learn more about GIAC’s cyber security certifications at www.giac.org .

Cyber Security degrees and education

Cyber security masters degrees and graduate certificates in cyber security are available from the SANS Technology Institute. The SANS Technology Institute Master of Science degree programs offer candidates an unparalleled opportunity to excel in the two aspects of cybersecurity that are most important to the success of their employer and their own careers: technical mastery, and managerial competency. In addition to the cyber security master’s degree program, the SANS Technology Institute makes shorter groups of courses available to students who are unable to commit to a full master’s degree program. These cyber security graduate certificates will augment your skills, provide specialized training, enable you to earn employer-recognized GIAC certifications, and impart a specialized credential from the SANS Technology Institute that will help advance your career. Participants enrolled in these graduate certificate programs likely qualify for tuition reimbursement if their employer offers that benefit, and these programs are eligible for veterans benefits.

Cyber Security Awareness

Cyber security awareness training is essential to reduce the risk that your employees can be tricked by sophisticated phishing or social engineering methods into serving unknowingly as entry points into your information and data systems. SANS Securing the Human award-winning programs provide an extensive set of security awareness services to help keep your workplace and information secure. Learn more about SANS cyber security awareness training .


Federal Tax Credits For Solar Energy Systems #solar #energy #tax #credits, #solar


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Federal Tax Credits: Solar Energy Systems

Solar Water Heaters

Solar water heaters come in a wide variety of designs, all including a collector and storage tank, and all using the sun’s thermal energy to heat water. Solar water heaters are typically described according to the type of collector and the circulation system.

At least half of the energy generated by the “qualifying property” must come from the sun. The system must be certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) or a comparable entity endorsed by the government of the state in which the property is installed.

Note: The credit is not available for expenses for swimming pools or hot tubs. The water must be used in the dwelling.

Photovoltaic systems must provide electricity for the residence, and must meet applicable fire and electical code requirements.

Tax Credit includes installation costs.

Solar Panels (Photovoltaic Systems)

Solar Panels or Photovoltaic Systems are solar cells that capture light energy from the sun and convert it directly into electricity.

Requirements
Photovoltaic systems must provide electricity for the residence, and must meet applicable fire and electrical code requirements.


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Certified Specialist in Tax Law. Arizona Board of Legal Specialization

Martha Patrick is a peer review rated AV Preeminent attorney who has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Tax Law every year since 2008. Martha was named 2014 and 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” in Phoenix for Tax Controversy and Litigation, a prestigious honor as only one attorney in each metropolitan market is named in represented practice areas. In addition, Martha has been selected as a Southwest Super Lawyer from 2007-2016 and as one of Arizona s Finest Lawyers since the program began in 2011.

Martha joined Burch Cracchiolo in 1987 after nine years as a senior trial attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel of the Phoenix and San Diego Districts of the Internal Revenue Service, handling both criminal and civil tax controversies. She also worked closely with the Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS, providing advice and legal representation in criminal tax investigations.

Martha is Certified as a Tax Specialist by the State Bar of Arizona. Her practice deals exclusively with tax controversies, handling both civil and criminal matters. Drawing on her experience with the IRS and her first-hand knowledge of its practices and procedures, as well as over 25 years of experience serving clients in private practice, Martha represents taxpayers involved in civil and criminal tax controversies before the Internal Revenue Service, the Arizona Department of Revenue and other taxing agencies, from the inception of a tax audit, the administrative appeal and litigation before the United States Tax Court, the United States District Court, the Arizona Tax Court, and the federal and state courts of appeal. She also represents clients in tax collection matters, negotiating installment payment agreements, offers in compromise, voluntary disclosure and amnesty matters, and seizure and forfeiture actions. Martha has considerable experience handling levy enforcement and lien matters, currency violations and all forms of civil and criminal tax investigations.

Honors Awards

Selected, Best Lawyers in America, 2014, 2016, Lawyer of the Year, Phoenix, Tax Controversy

Selected, Best Lawyers in America
Tax Law 2008-2017 editions

Selected, Southwest Super Lawyers
Tax Law 2007-2017

Selected, Arizona s Finest Lawyers 2011-2017

Selected, Arizona Business Magazine Top Lawyers, Tax, 2014-2016

Top 25 Women Attorneys, Southwest Super Lawyers, 2013-2014, 2017

Selected, Arizona Business Magazine 2016-2017 Top 100 Attorneys in Arizona

Ranked AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5* in Martindale Hubbell*

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc. used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Representative Engagements

Achieved dismissal of two criminal cases after referral by IRS to Department of Justice (a significant achievement in light of the considerable review that occurs prior to referral)
Assisted numerous clients in voluntary disclosure and amnesty programs related to both offshore and domestic issues
Represents restaurant owners, sports figures, business owners and entrepreneurs in all phases of civil and criminal cases arising from tax matters.
Represents potential witnesses and targets before Grand Jury in criminal tax cases
Represents taxpayers in obtaining innocent spouse status in connection with tax liabilities arising from joint tax returns for both domestic and offshore matters
Represents businesses with employment tax challenges involving assessment and collection issues
Represents individuals in connection with proposed assessment of trust fund recovery penalties resulting from underpaid employment taxes
Represents taxpayers in civil and criminal forfeiture actions resulting from currency violations

Other Relevant Employment

Prior to joining Burch Cracchiolo, Martha was a senior trial attorney with the Internal Revenue Service, working for nine years in the San Diego and Phoenix District Counsel offices on both criminal and civil matters.

Professional Leadership

Former member, Executive Committee, Tax Law Advisory Commission, State Bar of Arizona

Professional Affiliations


ISO 22000 Food Safety Standard in Plain English #food #safety #plan #template,


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Identify CCPs for each of the control measures that will be used by your HACCP plan to manage and control food safety hazards.

7.6.3 Specify critical limits for each critical control point (CCP).

Specify critical limits for each CCP in order to ensure that you do not exceed acceptable food safety hazard levels for end products.

Explain why you have chosen your particular critical limits and document your rationale.

Use your critical limits to ensure that you do not exceed acceptable food safety hazard levels.

Establish a monitoring system for each CCP.

Establish procedures and instructions to help you monitor your CCPs and critical limits.

Establish a record keeping system to track your CCP monitoring activities.

Use your HACCP plan to describe the actions you plan to take when you exceed or violate critical limits.

Establish and maintain procedures to handle products that are potentially unsafe.

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Update preliminary
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Does the IRS Send Tax Audits by Registered Mail? #irs #mail #audit


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Does the IRS Send Tax Audits by Registered Mail?

The Internal Revenue Service s audit selection procedures and audit notification procedures require the agency to send taxpayer notification letters after they are selected for a tax audit. Auditors do not have to notify taxpayers of the selection by registered mail. After notification, taxpayers can officially file a request asking the auditor to conduct the audit at a specific location, but the IRS has the discretion to decide whether to grant the request.

Taxpayers have legal appeal rights to contest the auditor’s findings after the audit.

Audit Selection Procedure

The IRS selects taxpayers for audit by using several selection procedures. The IRS may randomly select taxpayers or use software programs that select taxpayers based on statistical formulas. The IRS also uses document-matching tools to select taxpayers when their tax records do not match the federal government s information from W2 forms or 1099 forms. The IRS can use related examinations to select taxpayers. Related examinations records include information reported by other taxpayers or related business partners and investors the IRS selected for an audit.

Audit Notifications

The IRS notifies taxpayers of an upcoming audit by mail or telephone. The IRS does not have to use registered mail to notify taxpayers of upcoming audits and audit selections. The IRS may also notify taxpayers through telephone but must send a confirmation letter by mail when notifying taxpayers by phone. The IRS does not contact taxpayers through e-mail due to the federal disclosure requirements.

Audits by Mail

The IRS can conduct an audit in person at the taxpayer s business, where the taxpayer stores tax records or at a local IRS office. The IRS can also conduct an audit by mail. If the IRS conducts the audit entirely by mail correspondence, the IRS sends letters to taxpayers requesting specific documents and tax information. Under the Internal Revenue Code, taxpayers can object to audit by mail through a written request for an in-person audit in case the taxpayer s records are too extensive to send by mail.

Audit Periods and Records

Generally, the tax code allows the IRS to audit records within the last year. However, if the IRS finds a substantial mistake or error on the taxpayer s returns or on other tax information, the IRS can review records for the past six years. Generally, most audits are for tax returns the taxpayer filed in the last two years. The IRS mails written requests for the specific information the taxpayer must provide. Tax laws require taxpayers to retain tax information for at least three years from the date of filing. Taxpayers have legal rights during a tax audit and a right to obtain representation during the audit. Taxpayers also have rights to disclosure. Taxpayers have rights to know why the IRS is requesting specific information and how the IRS can use that information.

Considerations

Since tax laws can frequently change, you should not use this information as a substitute for legal or tax advice. Seek advice through a certified accountant or tax attorney licensed to practice law in your jurisdiction.