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Equifax breach settlement

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb. You may recall that in September 2017 we reported on the data breach suffered by the national credit reporting agency.  Go here for the article. According to Reuters — Credit reporting company Equifax Inc. will pay up to $700 million to settle U.S. federal and state probes into a […]

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A cyber coverage “Fire Drill” – professional liability insurance implications of the CCH Axcess (Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting) malware attack.

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By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb Last Monday we received a flurry of frantic phone calls from clients about the denial of access to the CCH Axcess program.  On Monday May 6, between the hours of 8-10 a.m. E.T., accountants across the country started realizing their CCH products, which are based in the cloud, were […]

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Data Breach and Insider Trading

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CPAs practicing in mergers and acquisitions are familiar with the sensitive nature of their work and the potential for abuse of the information obtained. In addition to the conflict of interest created by trading on that information themselves, they must take extensive precautions to ensure that they do not allow that information to slip to […]

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Control of client funds

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb If your CPA firm has control of client funds and can write checks on clients’ bank or investment accounts you may have an exposure to CPAs or firm staff abusing the signatory authority by stealing or misusing the client funds in the firm’s custody and control.  This could apply to bill […]

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How To Protect Your Accounting Firm From a Cyber Attack

Facts you need to know on cyber attacks

By Nick Matarazzo A data breach can wreak havoc on your business and its reputation. Not to mention the fines incurred and countless hours you will spend reviewing your computers and the source of the threat. Research suggests that 90% of cyber attacks stem from a phishing or social engineering attack. Educate your employees about […]

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SOCIAL ENGINEERING/WIRE TRANSFER FRAUD – A NEW TWIST ON AN OLD SCAM.

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by Rickard Jorgensen FCII, ARM, ACIArb. As we discussed in prior postings, social engineering is a major problem for CPAs. Go to:  here for risk management advice and here for coverage details Social engineering is a deception to manipulate individuals into carrying out a particular act, such as transferring money, handing over confidential information or […]

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Using the engagement letter to reduce cyber liability exposure

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By Nick Matarazzo In this digital age, accountants are being forced to deal with all sorts of cyber threats. A well-worded engagement letter can help guard you against a cyber-related liability claim from your client and minimize your overall firm liability. Even if you are careful about your clients’ data, you may still be held […]

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SEXTORTION – a new aspect to cyber crime and CPAs.

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb   Sextortion attacks against professional firms, including CPAs, are not uncommon and increasing in frequency.  Sextortion is a form of blackmail in which sexual information or images are used to extort sexual favors or cash from the victim.  The FBI offers an explantion of this new crime here. However, recently […]

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QBE Cyber Resources – eRiskHub.

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A recent report from Netdilgence highlighted the increasingly difficult cyber risk environment for by business.  A copy of the paper is available  here. CPAGold™ members have access to a broad range of cyber risk services. One of the most useful is the substantial support and resources provided by eRiskHub. eRiskHub offers a range of tools and information […]

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W2 Phishing scams

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What has become a common feature of the post-Holiday season is the W2 phishing scam.  This is a sophisticated social engineering attack to dupe clients’ payroll and HR departments into providing W-2 data on employees, to enable the crooks can file fraudulent tax returns.  For several years, these criminals have been the cause of identity […]

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