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July 26, 2017
When you think of crime affecting your CPA firm, it’s probably not cyber crime that first comes to mind. But according to the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), it should be. They call cyber terrorism “the stark reality” for CPA firms of all sizes, suggesting, “This is something which firm owners need to consciously understand and take seriously.”
Even the smallest accounting firm has access to personal information that hackers could potentially profit from. While more accounting firms are moving to the cloud to store their data and other critical business functions, there are still legacy platforms on-site in most CPA firms that are vulnerable. All it takes is one employee opening a seemingly innocuous email. If that email harbors malware, your firm is in big trouble.
There’s one important brick in your cyber defenses that we believe it is imperative for CPAs – especially small to mid-size firms – to adopt. We’re talking about the addition of a managed service provider that will monitor your computer network for intrusion and respond aggressively to threats as they arise.
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How A Managed Service Provider Protects CPAs
If you haven’t started working with a managed service provider, the issue of cyber security by itself should necessitate your considering this outside IT resource. Managed Service Providers are like the rent-a-cop outside your building, except MSPs watch your digital stream for encroachment. Here are some of the ways a Managed Service Provider could help your accounting firm:
These are just a few of the ways that a managed service provider could help your CPA firm. To find out more:
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