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Cybersecurity & Business Protection Resources

Ensure your business stays protected through the holidays, tax season and all year round! Check out the following members-only resources on how to make sure your business is secure, protect yourself from cyber intruders and fraud and more.

Cybersecurity Articles

3 Ways to Take Action Against Cyberthreats

June 23, 2020

When news broke a few years ago that roughly 143 million people could have been affected by a hack at credit monitoring agency Equifax, it was just the latest report of a significant data breach. As concerns about cybersecurity mount, CPAs are in an excellent position to help strengthen the

Ransomware Is Everywhere. Here's What You Can Do About It.

June 23, 2020

By Thomas G. Stephens, Jr., CPA, CITP, CGMA One of the most — if not THE most — significant issues in information security during 2019 was the proliferation of ransomware. Unfortunately, this trend is likely to continue in 2020. Therefore, let us examine some ransomware statistics so we can prepare

3 Reasons Choosing the Cloud is the Best Cybersecurity Move CPA Firms Can Make

October 30, 2019

The cloud was once a mysterious product only embraced and implemented by the most forward-thinking CPA firms. Today, most CPA organizations are aware of the cloud and how migrating a legacy IT ecosystem over to it can deliver tremendous benefits across a wide array of areas. The cloud is no longer

Are Remote Workers a Cybersecurity Threat for Businesses?

August 16, 2019

As work-life and technology continue to evolve, a growing number of small business owners find themselves adopting remote work policies or “WFH” perks. However, their employees, who use company platforms and networks in popular locations such as coffee shops and airports, are more susceptible to the

Heads Up: Cybercriminals Are Businesspeople

August 7, 2019

When the hacker behind the Capital One data breach was presented in the media, she very much fit the eccentric cybercriminal stereotype. However, the truth is that she’s quite an outlier. Most cybercriminals operate in highly organized groups based abroad. They approach their work like any business

Why CPA Firms Should Self-Assess Their IT Legacy Infrastructure

May 27, 2019

A CPA firm that has experienced IT challenges driven by rapid change and growth should not run out and buy the newest, shiny hardware; hire an expensive IT director; or contract with a managed services partner — though the latter is likely a smart move at the right time. Before your organization can

Prepare Now for Next-Generation Cyber Threats

May 13, 2019

Public scrutiny of business leaders is at an all-time high, in part due to massive hacks and data breaches. It’s become progressively clear that hacked organizations will be blamed and held responsible for such events. Historically, the CFO hasn’t always been viewed as an integral member of the

Everyone Hates Passwords. Good News: They're About to Die

May 8, 2019

If I walked up to you and said you never had to enter a password for any login ever again, you might throw your arms around me and act like it was V-J Day in 1945 in Times Square. Passwords are the grit in our digital oysters, and all the friction of creating them with arbitrary and outdated rules

Breach of Rust: How Hackers Break in Through Old Tech

March 25, 2019

In 2010, the infosecurity community identified an extremely sophisticated computer worm capable of propagating at an unprecedented rate and exploiting several previously unknown Windows zero-day vulnerabilities. Stuxnet, as the worm was infamously dubbed, proved that a malicious actor could directly

The Other Side of the Network

March 11, 2019

“It sounds sort of scary,” says Sam Srinivas, referring to the new approach to cyber risk management he’s helped develop at Google. “But it’s even more secure.” Hit by a wave of phishing attacks around 2009, the internet giant decided that, rather than merely bolster its firewalls and construct new