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Accountants, Are You Advising Your Clients About Cybersecurity?

January 9, 2018 by OSYB Staff

Most everyone has heard about all the big businesses being hacked this year, and alarmingly, these invasive hacks occur on a regular basis.  Yet, only 39% of organizations seem to consider cybersecurity a top priority.  ” Fifty percent solidly place the topic in the “moderate concerns” pile, and the rest aren’t that concerned, according to a new survey of businesses conducted by Nexia International and CohnReznick LLP. Nexia analysts said in the report that this shows there is “still considerable education and investment required to reduce the level of cyber risk and improve organizational preparedness and responsiveness across most industries and geographies.”

If you are an accountant and sharing industry advice with your clients, you should be spearheading their cybersecurity educational goals.  A cyber breach could torpedo a small business.  Statistics show that small businesses are a prime target and naive employees often fall victim to phishing scams.  Accounting Today shares that, “As the profession makes the transition from numbers-crunchers, to value-drivers, to trusted advisors, cybersecurity should be making its way to the top of the list of client education priorities.”

Read more:  Businesses aren’t focusing enough on cybersecurity

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