The Internal Revenue Service has made it very clear to tax professionals that they must take extra precautions to protecting the sensitive information of taxpayers. With all the data breaches of financial institutions and credit report companies, it’s clear why the IRS would make a point to highlight the importance of data security. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) firms, no matter the size, hold a lot of valuable information that hackers and identity thieves would love to get their hands on.
CPA and Sensitive Client Information
Given the field and work they do, a CPA will be in possession of a significant amount of a client’s sensitive information and data. The kind of information that is a prime target for a hacker, and in a centralized location on top of that. This data includes client information, credit card numbers, and Social Security numbers. Even the smallest CPA will collect this information and is just as enticing a target as a national firm.
Hackers Ease of Access
You’d be surprised how easy it is for a hacker or identity thief to steal a client’s sensitive information. Of course, the ease of entry usually comes down to a business’ network security solutions. There are some cases where a hacker can park right outside of a CPA firm, connect to an unsecured wireless network, and have all the information at their fingertips. Especially as a smaller firm, you need to take considerable measures to protect your client’s sensitive information, as well as keeping a close eye on what data you have on your infrastructure.
An unsecured wireless network isn’t the only way for a hacker to infiltrate your business’ network. Email has always been a popular tool for cybercriminals. With a click of a button, they can send thousands of emails to multiple businesses to gain access to sensitive information. These are known as phishing attacks. This is an email that’s made to look legitimate to lure the recipient to give over information or access to data. The emails can also have an attachment that, when opened, could install a piece of malware. Then the hacker can collect information at their leisure without the CPA firm having any idea what is happening on their network.
Protect Your Clients
You don’t have to be a CPA to work with a client’s sensitive information. Businesses of all sizes, across all industries, have important client information on their network. With tax season approaching, it’s crucial for CPAs and other tax service companies to take the IRS’ advice when it comes to client information security. You’ll want to encrypt all sensitive data on your network, as well as implement added security measures to strengthen any weaknesses in your network security. Also, educate your employees as to how to identify suspicious emails and other threats.
Work With Network Security Experts
Now is the time to put your business in a better position to protect itself from network security threats. IT Support Guys has the experience and results to strengthen your security measures and protect your client’s sensitive information. When you work with us, we’ll provide a free technology assessment, which includes a network audit to find weaknesses in your network security, to provide you enterprise-level IT support.
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