As the conclusion of the tax season nears, accountants and CPAs face increased threats to their data security. Now is the time to ensure your cybersecurity strategy is robust enough to protect you against modern threats. Learn how we can give your cybersecurity the boost it needs.
Cybercriminals are well aware of the stress most accountants and CPAs face during tax season. They also know that with stress comes mistakes and opportunities for them to attack. The reality is most businesses, regardless of size or industry, usually have cybersecurity protocols that are underpowered.
Cybercriminals know this and wait for predictable moments of distraction to target a company. What’s more predictable than tax season, and what’s a better target than a CPA or accountant during tax season? Throughout this time, cybersecurity protection is critical not only for accountants and CPAs… it is essential for all types of businesses in South Dakota.
The answer should be obvious: these industries are most likely to have access to the type of data many cybercriminals are most interested in: financial. However, it also pays to remember that the cybercriminal's MO has evolved with ransomware's ascendance. These days cybercriminals are more likely to hold your accounting firm's data/computers hostage than to try and steal your client's data to resell on the dark web.
As you can imagine, a cybercriminal would be able to exert considerable pressure on your business if they gained control and locked you out of your system over the next several weeks, rendering you unable to file your clients’ tax returns electronically. How much damage would your business suffer, and how much would you be willing to pay to regain access to your data?
Even if you pay the ransom, your exposure isn't over. In the event of your data being compromised, you must inform the South Dakota District Attorney and your customers as well. Due to South Dakota's notification laws, a data breach is no longer something you can make go away.
The reality is that a data breach can have serious financial consequences for your business.
Cybersecurity is a 24/7, 365 issue. It extends far beyond the months leading up to April 15th. We can provide your organization with the protection required for stability, secure collaboration and communications.
Some benefits our managed IT brings to your accounting firm include:
Managed IT’s all-encompassing range of services allow your accounting firm or CPA agency to leverage your technology into a resource and not a liability. KT Connections can help you accomplish this with the solutions that your firm needs to boost productivity while developing best IT practices to stop your technology from holding back your growth. A managed IT partner allows you to stop worrying about your technology.
Call 888-891-4201 today to schedule an IT consultation, and learn how our personalized, proactive IT support for small and medium-sized Rapid City businesses can help your accounting firm succeed.
Rodd Ahrenstorff is the Director of Business Operations for KT Connections, as well as a member of the company’s ownership team starting in 2014. Rodd has been working in the computer and telecommunication fields for over twenty years—a term during which he has held a number of leadership positions. In the past, he has served as a broadcast television engineer, an systems architect, and most recently Director of Information Technology, including a role as a HIPAA Security Officer for behavioral health and multi-specialty medical providers.