10-03 Contents: Hacker ransom, Spreadsheet Tips PDF, error stories, EuroCACS Spreadsheet Auditing, VBA knowledge test
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Hack attack on SMEs demands $700 to unlock data
Spreadsheet Pitfalls, Best Practices, and Practical Tips
If a spreadsheet were music...
Spreadsheet error stories seen in the news
EuroCACS Spreadsheet Auditing workshop March 21, Budapest
Test your VBA knowledge
Trompe l'oeil 3D street art
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I'm off to Budapest mid-March to co-present a
workshop on spreadsheet auditing with Ray Butler. Contact me if you'd
like such a workshop run in your organisation.
The companies say their computer systems were hacked, their data such as order books and customer data had been encrypted, their backup corrupted, and their businesses paralysed. They told gardaí that there was a note left on their computers demanding money - in one case $700 for the code to unlock the information. The Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation has consulted specialists from the UCD Cybercrime Centre to help with the investigation.
IRISS (www.iriss.ie) recommends the following steps to protect your company falling victim to the attack;
Mary Pat Campbell, an actuary, has written articles for an
actuarial newsletter on good spreadsheet practice. They have been
compiled together for the Society of Actuaries Actuarial Practice Forum at.
Members of the EuSpRIG mail list had some diversion thinking of analogies in music kicked off by Ray Panko's comment "I just finished inspecting a large spreadsheet that was definitely baroque. Should we start referring to keyboarding errors as slack key music?How about customizable ring tones for different types of error messages?"
"Many of the spreadsheets I saw in my tax inspecting days were Punk Rock - An inability to play well was considered a positive advantage by the perpetrators"
"And of course there's the old saying, when something's not quite right: 'Close enough for country music'."
the listener who decides whether a performance of even a simple
tune is bad enough to be annoying. If you have a good sense
pitch then even a small error can irritate. Symphonies can be complex
but understandable by many; twelve-tone compositions can be
simple but incomprehensible.One of the skills of the craft and art is
to make necessarily complex material accessible
Ray Butler and I are giving a one-day workshop on Auditing
Spreadsheet Risk and Quality
If you're at the conference, say hello!
Trainer Alex Palfi in Australia offers a free on-line assessment of your Visual Basic skills. They range from simple to non-trivial, and cover practical aspects in about 40 questions. Comments from those who took the test can be read at
XLTest is my spreadsheet auditing addin. It provides static analysis and dynamic testing of spreadsheet models in both easy-to-see colour map views and exhaustive listings of suspicious elements.
http://www.sysmod.com/xltest/index.htmIf you own the book "Spreadsheet Check and Control" you save the cost of the book - 30 euro! Simply enter into the discount code box on that page, the first word on the top left of page 131.
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Thank you! Patrick O'Beirne, Editor
Trompe-l'oeil 3D Pavement art by Edgar Mueller uses the street as a canvas. If one looks from the right spot, its three-dimensional painting becomes the perfect illusion. He paints over large areas of urban public life and gives them a new appearance, thereby challenging the perceptions of passers-by.
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