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Does your CPA firm have an emergency preparedness plan in case of a cyberattack? Given the United States’ recent response to the conflict overseas, cybersecurity experts are warning of retaliation against the U.S. by opposing countries, especially cyberattacks targeting U.S. financial institutions.
Knowing the threat of retaliatory cybersecurity is a real concern, it is critical CPA firms continue to improve their cybersecurity measures. Accounting firms need to be ready to implement proactive strategies to protect their data security in the event of a comprehensive cyberattack. We’ll review what CPA firms can do to protect their data and information security. We’ll also examine the important questions C-suite executives and IT professionals should be prepared to answer in the event of a global cyberattack.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has developed a website to offer guidance to organizations of all scopes to take steps to improve their cybersecurity. This information is in direct response to concerns that threats may be made against the U.S. and its allies with cyberattacks in response to the conflict overseas. Below are mitigating steps CISA recommends to defend against possible global cyberattacks, applicable to CPA firms.
Hackers outside of the U.S. have significant cyberattack capabilities, which have been employed historically involving ransomware attacks, data theft, destructive malware, and denial-of-service attacks. Accounting firms are prime targets for cybercrime for specific reasons due to all the sensitive, confidential, and potentially lucrative information they have in their systems.
CPA firms are prime targets because of the sensitive, confidential, financial information accounting firms amass. Hackers target CPA firms for explicit information and then use the data to steal assets, ransom it or sell the data to the highest bidder.
Accounting firms have significant responsibilities to protect their clients’ information from potential global cybercriminals. Adhering to the CISA guidelines is an important proactive plan for CPA firms. More specific cybersecurity strategies are examined below.
During a global crisis or global cyberattack, implementing an interconnected business continuity plan and a cohesive organizational plan with effective communication is imperative. The CPA organization should encourage various supporting teams to work together to strategize and proactively plan for cybersecurity measures.
Cetrom offers a multilayered security approach, designed to protect CPA firms from cyberattacks—even global, state-sponsored attacks. C-suite executives and tech professionals understand the necessity of having a cloud-based solution for cybersecurity needs, particularly during these uncertain times of international conflict.
Cetrom is a well-established IT provider with the expertise and knowledge to prevent, detect, and combat destructive viruses, malware and ransomware, regardless of the nefarious cybercriminal’s locale or motivation. Cetrom’s expertise is focused 100 percent on the cybersecurity of CPA firms. Their specialty is hosting accounting-specific operations, especially in storing and protecting sensitive data. Cetrom offers advanced artificial intelligence security technologies. They provide cybersecurity training for employees, ongoing network support, and 24x7x365 cloud accessibility.
The recent tragic events overseas has the world in a heightened sense of awareness of the potential damage cyberattacks could levy on organizations. C-suite executives and IT professionals recognize the imperativeness of focusing energies on cybersecurity during these unstable global times. They also know that the professional support and proactive preparedness they can provide to their CPA firms are positive steps in addressing the potential crisis facing the world.
Contact Cetrom today to learn more about how we can help answer your cybersecurity questions and implement state-of-the-art security measures for your CPA firm.
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