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May 14, 2013

Mapco, one of the largest company-operated convenience chains in America, has released information regarding a security breach by third-party hackers of certain customers credit and/or debit card data:

"Third-party hackers used malware to access the payment card processing systems in our stores between March 19-25, April 14-15, and April 20-21, 2013. These systems transmit card information needed for the approval of transactions.  The hackers may have stolen information that could potentially be used to initiate fraudulent credit and debit card transactions."

Stores affected by the breach include MAPCO Express®, MAPCO Mart®, East Coast®, Discount Food Mart™, Fast Food and Fuel™, Delta Express®, and Favorite Markets® with locations in Tennessee, northern and central Alabama, Arkansas, northern Georgia, Kentucky, northern Mississippi, and Virginia.

According to the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, there were over 47,000 data breach incidents reported in 2012 and 69% of those reported were discovered by someone outside of the targeted company. In a technology-driven economy, businesses accepting credit cards continue to rise and so do the reports of crime against those business' data processing systems. CBIZ Security & Advisory Services, LLC (CBIZ SAS) works with companies on a daily basis to combat attacks and to prevent breaches from occurring in the first place.

Preparation is key in the payment card industry. CBIZ SAS Executive Vice President, Brenda Brigman emphasizes, "You should adopt the mentality of 'not if but when' a data breach will affect you or your customers." If you are having trouble deciding whether you meet data security standards, use this quick PCI Assessment tool to evaluate your payment card industry compliance.

To read the full Mapco press release click here. Visit www.cbiz.com/pci for more information regarding CBIZ Security & Advisory Services, LLC and contact Karen Cassella (kcassella@cbiz.com), Executive Vice President, CBIZ SAS at (901) 685-5575 or email the CBIZ SAS team at pci@cbiz.com.




May 7, 2013

It's time to submit your nominations for the 2nd Annual Super Women in Business event hosted by the Memphis Business Journal and sponsored by CBIZ MHM. These awards honor the Mid-South's most influential women who have achieved success through leadership in business and community contribution. Nominations are open for women who have succeeded at the highest level of business and who are key decision-makers in their respective businesses. Success also will be judged by an individual's level of community reinvestment in terms of involvement in nonprofit and community organizations.

Twenty-five women will be honored at a luncheon August 29, 2013 at the Hilton of Memphis. The winners will be announced in the July 5th print edition of the MBJ and online.

Learn more about last year's Super Women in Business finalists here.

Do you know a 'Super Woman' in Memphis? 

Nominate her today. Deadline: June 21,2013.




May 2, 2013
Ice Cream SundaeWith the final April 30th deadline past us, it is officially post-busy season at the CBIZ MHM Memphis office. An accountant's job is quite taxing during the first quarter, but we thought we'd share a small glimpse into what keeps our staff alert and moving during a time typically spent at an office desk. 

 

1. Food- The ultimate necessity for any office during busy season. Our weekly fruit deliveries were balanced with a chips & dip snack day, ice cream sundae bar and fun holiday goodies. 

We like to switch things up at our office and bring unique snack options as well. A fan favorite was our Smoothie Bar courtesy of Panini Catering

Smoothie Bar 2. Raffles - Our 'Tuesday Giveaways' included giftcards to favorite restuarants and shops around town. A true 'luck of the draw' competition is easy and allows each employee a chance at winning without having to participate in a set activity. 

3. Competitions - A new competition added to our office this year was our Busy Season Pedometer Challenge. Pedometers were given out free of cost to those wanting to participate in the 10-week step challenge. Prizes including health magazine subscriptions, a spa day and personal training lessons served as incentives to get people moving during a usually static time of year. Other competitions included a March Madness bracket challenge and an Oscar's ballot challenge. 

Massage on the Go4. Massages- Sometimes you just need a little R & R. We scheduled ten minute massage breaks through Massage on the Go for our staff working through the weekend.  

What does your office do during busy season? How do you stay active while busy at work? Leave us a comment below and let us know!





April 30, 2013

The Verizon 2013 Data Breach Investigations Report is out and per the report's introduction, "perhaps more so than any other year, the large scale and diverse nature of data breaches and other network attacks took center stage" in 2012. This year's global study conducted by the Verizon RISK team is in cooperation with eighteen organizations around the world contributing to the data and analysis. You can view the Executive Summary and their webinar for freeonline.

A quick snapshot of the data:

  • 47,000(+) reported security incidents, 621 confirmed data breaches and at least 44 million compromised records in 2012 (the largest amount the Verizon Report has ever covered in any single year)
  • 38% of breaches impacted larger organizations and 37% of breaches affected financial organizations (Both percentages show a 10% or greater increase from last year's report)
  • 76% of network intrusions exploited weak or stolen credentials
  • 52% of breaches used some form of hacking
  • 78% of initial intrusions rated as low difficulty
  • 66% of breaches took months or more to discover
  • 69% of breaches were discovered by external parties

As the above data reveals, over half of breaches take months to discover and are uncovered by someone outside the victim's organization. If your company handles credit cards, you could be at risk for data breach. Each day there are criminals attempting to access the cardholder data in those monetary transactions. Is your organization compliant with PCI Data Security Standards (DSS)? Our team of professionals understands how others are meeting PCI DSS requirements and can offer recommendations to help you address non-compliant areas.

Have questions? Contact Karen Cassella (kcassella@cbiz.com), Executive Vice President, CBIZ Security & Advisory Services at (901) 685.5595 or email pci@cbiz.com. You can also see Karen speak on data breach at our CFO/Controller Conference, May 14th. Click here for more info.




April 25, 2013

A provision to create state-based Health Benefit Exchanges will open up another option for health care coverage for employees. This new regulation will benefit some employees by providing them with tax credits for their insurance under a state Exchange. While this change will likely only apply to some employees, large employers should take note of the Exchange and its effects on their business.

The penalty effective starting in 2014, known as the Shared Responsibility Payment, includes a nondeductible excise tax assessed on large employers who do not provide minimal essential coverage or affordable coverage to their full-time employees. For instance, if a full-time employee goes to an Exchange and is granted tax credits for health insurance then consequently, their employer may be subject to a penalty.

Large employers*, with at least 50 full-time employees or equivalents, will be affected by the penalty. Full-time employees include employees who work at least 30 hours per week. Leased employees as defined in IRC § 414 (n)(2) are not treated as full-time employees.

Large employers that employed an average of 50 or more employees on business days for the preceding calendar year may be required to make a “shared responsibility” tax (“assessable payments”) for each month that the employer did the following:

  • Had at least one full-time employee certified as having enrolled in a qualified health plan for which a premium tax credit or cost-sharing reduction is allowed or paid [i.e. the employee goes to the Exchange and qualifies for the credit or subsidy]
  • Did not offer essential coverage for all its full-time employees, OR, offered coverage to its full-time employees that is unaffordable or is a plan that does not provide minimum value

The essential coverage plan components affect generally any employer-provided coverage which satisfies a host of various mandates. These mandates include having no pre-existing condition exclusions, waiting periods exceeding 90 days or annual dollar limits on the essential health benefits. It also includes those mandates that provide coverage for dependent children to age 26, have cost-sharing limits and provide clinical trial coverage. Generally, most large employer plans with 100 participants or more will meet these requirements.

*Aggregate the number of employees who are not full-time employees (aggregate number for hours/month worked by part time employees divided by 120) Note: This computation is only for purposes of determining large employers and has no other use under PPACA.

Before you determine how much the Affordable Care Act will cost you, it is in your best interest to reach out to someone who will go over the details surrounding the reform. CBIZ Memphis has a specialized team of individuals who have been trained in all facets of ACA. Schedule a meeting with one of our experts by contacting Megan Murdock, 901.685.5575.




April 23, 2013
CBIZ MHM Memphis' Client Development Manager, Megan Murdock, has been named a Memphis 'Woman to Watch' by The Commercial Appeal. Megan has lived here her entire life, receiving her Bachelor's in Corporate Communications from Christian Brother's University and a Master's in Public Relations from the University of Memphis. Though she did not have a set career path out of school, she knew she did not want to be in accounting. Now she laughs, because she has worked at CBIZ MHM Memphis (formerly Thompson Dunavant PLC) for over 6 years and has fallen in love with professional services marketing.

"Since accounting is a little outside my wheelhouse, I really wanted to be able to be taken seriously and talk the lingo and sell it," she said. "I've spent a lot of time training on processes. At the end of the day, I'm not a CPA, so I'm never going to close a deal. However, what I can do is provide the resources to support the people who can do that."

- Excerpt from Stacey Wiedower's article, "Women to Watch: Career took unexpected path to fulfilling job"

We at CBIZ MHM Memphis are proud to have Megan on our team and encourage you to read part of her Q&A section below, taken from the article featuring her achievement.

CA: What's your overriding mission in your role with CBIZ MHM?

Megan: My title is client development manager. My main responsibility is to drive growth to our office through lead generation, client retention and thought leadership. Additionally, I work with our marketing coordinator to manage our local brand presence through ads, events and press coverage.

CA: You're a self-proclaimed "avid Memphian." What do you like best about the city?

Megan: I love the city's size -- in terms of ease to get around and ability to have connections wherever you go. Also, the local culinary scene is amazing!

CA: How do you spend your spare time?

Megan: I try to spend my spare time with my husband and our 2-year-old daughter, taking advantage of all the awesome things Memphis has to offer -- the zoo, My Big Backyard at Memphis Botanic Garden, the Greenline, the Children's Museum, Levitt Shell and the Downtown Farmer's Market ... the list is endless!

For the full article, visit The Commercial Appeal's website.




April 18, 2013

The employers affected by the reform can be narrowed down to a group of high risk demographics and industries. Those employers having a high percentage of potentially full-time low pay workers, or having a significant number of “temporary” or “seasonal” workers are in danger. Also, those employers providing no medical benefits to a large employee base working 30+ hours a week could be hit with a tax. Other factors include having health benefits deemed “very high” or managing enrollment using “long” waiting periods (more than 90 days before an employee is eligible).

Industries at risk include the following:

  • Lodging & Hospitality
  • Restaurant & Food Service
  • Retail
  • Janitorial & Cleaning Service
  • Staffing & Security Companies
  • Non-unionized Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Transportation

Before you determine how much the Affordable Care Act will cost you, it is in your best interest to reach out to someone who will go over the details surrounding the reform. CBIZ Memphis has a specialized team of individuals who have been trained in all facets of ACA. Schedule a meeting with one of our experts by contacting Megan Murdock, 901.685.5575.




April 16, 2013

CBIZ Memphis will be hosting a CFO/Controller Conference Series May 14, 2013, at the Fogelman Executive Center on the University of Memphis campus. The event will be a half-day seminar focused on providing CFOs and controllers with direction on addressing current challenges within their respective organizations including the Affordable Care Act, data security standards in the payment card industry and the current lending environment.

Registration will begin with a breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and the event kicks off at 9:00 a.m. Listen to the following speakers and their presentations to receive a total of four CPE credits (Lunch will be served during the last topic). You can REGISTER HERE.

Topics include:

Business Lending: Navigating Today's Regulatory and Economic Challenges,Edward J. Gentry, Executive Vice President & Chief Lending Officer - Triumph Bank

Data Breach - Are you Ready?,Karen Cassella, Executive Vice President - CBIZ Security & Advisory Services, LLC

Would You Enthusiastically Rehire Your Team? How to Create 'A' Players Throughout Your Organization, Michael Synk, Strategic Coach - In-Synk

Affordable Care Act Update, Kim Agah, Vice President -CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services, Atlanta

Can't attend the event? Follow along with the conversation on Twitter using #CFOController.

Registration: 8:30 a.m.

Event runs 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

4 CPE Credits

$50, Breakfast & Lunch Included

Will you be attending our CFO/Controller Conference Series? Have a question or topic you would like covered by one of the experts? Leave your comment below and we'll make sure to pass it along.




April 11, 2013

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that approximately 30 million people will purchase their own coverage through the new insurance exchanges by 2019, and there will be roughly 15 million more enrollees in Medicaid and CHIP than is projected under current law.

The Tennessee Government's website notes, "The federal health reform requires every state to have an Insurance Exchange.... an organized marketplace where individuals [and small businesses] can search for and purchase health insurance for themselves and their family members. While the law requires each state to have an Insurance Exchange, states have the option of either running their own Exchange, or handing that authority over to the federal government."

When the American Health Benefit Exchanges for individuals and Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) exchanges are fully in place, they will provide access to health insurance for 24-30 million Americans. The exchanges will be primarily markets where individuals and employees of small businesses will be able to ‘shop’ for a range of affordable health insurance choices. In addition, it will be a place for lower and middle-income uninsured Americans to go to apply for premium assistance tax credits and cost-sharing reduction subsidies to make health insurance affordable. The two groups will sponsor navigator programs to educate and inform health insurance consumers and to facilitate health insurance purchasing. Finally, they will play a regulatory role, requiring the Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) they offer to meet certain quality and information disclosure requirements and reviewing QHP premiums and performance.

Click here to view the status of your state on health insurance exchanges.

 

Before you determine how much the Affordable Care Act will cost you, have a discussion with someone who understands the details surrounding the reform. CBIZ Memphis has a specialized team of individuals trained in all facets of healthcare reform. Schedule a meeting with one of our experts by contacting Megan Murdock, 901.685.5575.




April 9, 2013

The Memphis office of CBIZ MHM held a two-day event for women in business in the Mid-South. With the recent launch of their internal CBIZ Women’s Advantage Networking Circles program for women executives, the office is expanding its efforts externally to provide women decision makers access to a network of highly skilled, seasoned, professional women. Following the mantra, “CBIZ Women Helping Women Succeed in Business,” the program is making national headlines. The woman behind its success, Nancy Mellard, National Leader of CBIZ Women’s Advantage, travelled from Kansas City to Memphis to attend both events and was a panelist at the Women & Business Seminar.

A cocktail party at the Lexus of Memphis the night before the Seminar served as a meeting place for influential women in Memphis to mingle and network. The event included hors d’oeuvres by a local catering company, Pepper & Salt of Lunchbox Eats. Women from the CBIZ MHM Memphis office were also in attendance, using the opportunity to create new touch points and gain valuable insight into the successful careers of other women in the area.

The second of the two events, the Women & Business Seminar hosted by The Daily News featured keynote speaker, Susan Stephenson, CEO and co-founder of Independent Bank. Her presentation titled ‘Women and Business: Some Thoughts on Glass Ceilings and Glass Slippers’ covered a brief history of women’s rights and helped to launch discussions on where women have been and are currently. Stephenson’s take on her favorite childhood story of Cinderella was a fun, albeit serious, back-story encouraging women to not wait for a fairy god-mother to make a name for themselves. A panel discussion was followed by an audience-led Q & A session. The panel included Nancy Mellard, Pamela Irons, Attorney at Jackson Lewis, and Natasha Donerson, President/CEO of Success Unlimited.

The Memphis office counts both of these events as successes, and has received positive feedback from several of the attendees. Going forward the office hopes to continue using their CBIZ Women’s Advantage as an opportunity for business and professional development.




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