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This article originally appeared on CPAPracticeAdvisor.com here. By Christopher Stark, President and CEO, Cetrom On Jul 26, 2016.
In this day in age, CPA firms need to be just as aware of cybersecurity threats as they are filing deadlines and tax guidelines. One of the most vicious cyber threats in history is affecting small businesses, individuals and accounting firms right now- ransomware.
Ransomware is a type of malicious software that encrypts files, blocks access to computer systems then requires an anonymous payment, and has the ability to make a dramatic and devastating impact on your business. A recent report released by the FBI claims ransomware infections caused more than $1.6 million in losses last year for individuals and businesses- an absolute pandemic, as stated by TechTarget.
It only takes one click of a mouse for your firm to quickly become infected with ransomware. Often times, it occurs when staff opens attachments within emails. These emails may appear to contain important client data or a shipping confirmation, but it is just disguised malware. Microsoft Malware Protection Center notes your firm’s infrastructure can also become exposed to ransomware when employees access fake or suspicious websites.
Keeping your data and applications safe and secure from ransomware attacks, while increasing your clients’ awareness of malicious software, requires collaboration with your internal IT department and/or managed IT provider There are three things you can do to better protect your firm and clients: examine your current IT infrastructure, update security measures, and educate your staff and clients.
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