Scott Fleszar, Thomson ReutersThomson Reuters has taken steps that should prevent the recurrence of a problem that affected cloud applications last week. The company says authentication problems shut out users of its Virtual Office and SaaS products for several hours on Friday, October 25. 

"We had an authentication issue," says Scott Fleszar, VP of strategic marketing. The problem started about 9:20 a.m. and lasted into the afternoon. Those who logged on before the issue began had no problems continuing to use the system. However, those making the attempt to use it later could not log in.

In the 14 years the company has offered Virtual Office "It was certainly the longest situation we evern had," says Fleszar, who adds that, "We are up and running at peak performance" and that the company has taken steps to make sure the problem does not recur.

Fleszar says Thomson assured users the problem had nothing to do with any hacking or denial of service attacks and rested solely on the authentication problem. The company also kept them informed of progress via the website and other means. "We had a very comprehesnvie comunicaiton plan," says Fleszar.

Fleszar says that Thomson's systems had 100 percent up time in 2012 and for 2013 was running with very  high availablity until Friday's problems arose. 



Bob Scott
Bob Scott has provided information to the tax and accounting community since 1991, first as technology editor of Accounting Today, and from 1997 through 2009 as editor of its sister publication, Accounting Technology. He is known throughout the industry for his depth of knowledge and for his high journalistic standards.  Scott has made frequent appearances as a speaker, moderator and panelist and events serving tax and accounting professionals. He  has a strong background in computer journalism as an editor with two former trade publications, Computer+Software News and MIS Week and spent several years with weekly and daily newspapers in Morris County New Jersey prior to that.  A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in journalism, Bob is a native of Madison, Ind
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