July 17, 2023

Cyber Threat Landscape: Expert Coffee Talk featuring Righi Fitch Law Group

While the threat of cyber attacks looms large, the financial sector and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) firms are prime targets for hackers. CPA firms must recognize the severity and urgency of their cybersecurity threats.

This month's Coffee Talk with the Experts, hosted by Cetrom features insights from Righi Fitch Law Group on Cyber Threats. In this conversation, listeners learn how CPA firms can create multiple layers of defense against potential cyber threats by investing in the right technologies and tools. 

Why are Hackers Targeting CPA firms


By investing in robust security measures, implementing cybersecurity risk management strategies, and partnering with trusted providers, CPA firms can strengthen their defenses against cyberattacks. This article aims to provide CPA firms with a clear and concise understanding of cyber liability, insurance risk issues, data privacy, cyber risk management, and risk transfer strategies to help them mitigate ever-growing cybersecurity threats.

Cybersecurity Industry Cases

The advancement of technology, particularly artificial intelligence (AI), has greatly influenced the cyber threat landscape. Hackers have become more sophisticated in their methods, using AI algorithms to identify vulnerabilities and launch targeted attacks. CPA firms must stay informed about the latest cybersecurity best practices, invest in robust security measures, and continually assess their liability and risk exposure.

Investing in robust security measures is critical for CPA firms to ensure the integrity and confidentiality of their client's information. Implementing multi-factor authentication, encryption protocols, and regular software updates are a few security measures that can significantly enhance the firm's cybersecurity posture.

Cyber Insurance Policy

Many CPA firms are turning to cyber insurance policies to address the growing cybersecurity risks. CPA firms must assess their cybersecurity needs and select an insurance policy that provides adequate coverage. Compliance with insurance requirements and understanding terms and conditions is crucial for managing cyber risk.

If you’re wondering about how to select a cybersecurity insurance policy or whether your current cybersecurity insurance policy is right for you, take a moment to listen in on a conversation between Christopher Stark of Cetrom and Beth Fitch of Righi Fitch Law Group. In this recent Coffee Talk titled “Do You Have the Right Cyber Insurance Policy,” Stark and Fitch detail everything a cybersecurity insurance policyholder should know before their next renewal. 

CyberWar Stories

Numerous cyberattacks have targeted CPA firms, exposing sensitive client data and causing significant financial and reputational damage. These breaches highlight the vulnerabilities within accounting systems and emphasize the importance of implementing robust cybersecurity measures. CPA firms must prioritize measures such as multi-factor authentication, regular software updates, employee training, and secure data storage to minimize the risk of cyberattacks.

Cybercriminals can be highly adept. They have succeeded in hundreds of crimes and heists, resulting in over $1 million in losses. Cetrom and Righi Fitch Law Group are experienced enough in this field to have a few war stories to tell. If you want to hear first-hand accounts of what happens when you get hit with a cyberattack, check out one of our recent Coffee Talks on “Cyberwar Stories.” 

Vet Third-Party Vendors

CPA firms often rely on third-party vendors for services like cloud storage, IT support, and software solutions. However, these partnerships can introduce additional cybersecurity risks. It is vital for CPA firms to thoroughly vet their vendors, ensuring they have robust security protocols in place and comply with data privacy regulations.

Asking the right questions about their security practices and response plans is crucial to reducing the risk of a data breach. To get an idea of the right questions, check out another recent Coffee Talk between cybersecurity experts from the worlds of law and technology. In “How to Vet Third-Party Vendors,” experts discuss data privacy, cyber risk management, cybersecurity best practices, and everything CPA firms need to know to build strong relationships with third-party cybersecurity companies. 

Next Steps

The cybersecurity landscape presents a significant and ever-growing threat to CPA firms. These firms must proactively protect their sensitive client data and maintain their reputation as trusted financial advisors. By investing in robust security measures, implementing cyber risk management strategies, and partnering with trusted providers, CPA firms can strengthen their defenses against cyberattacks.

First and foremost, partnering with knowledgeable providers can immensely benefit CPA firms to navigate the complex world of cybersecurity and effectively manage cyber risk. Companies like Cetrom and partners like Righi Fitch Law Group offer expertise in cyber liability, insurance risk issues, data privacy, cyber risk management, risk transfer strategies, and cybersecurity best practices. By collaborating with such experienced professionals, CPA firms can gain invaluable guidance tailored to their needs and enhance their overall cybersecurity posture.

In Summary

CPA firms must prioritize cybersecurity and proactively safeguard operations and client data. CPA firms can navigate the cyber threat landscape by staying informed, investing in security measures, assessing liability and risk exposure, and partnering with trusted providers. CPA firms must take cybersecurity seriously and seek expert guidance to ensure their success. To learn more about mitigating cyber liability, insurance risk issues, data privacy, cyber risk management, and cyber security best practices, visit www.cetrom.net.

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