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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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California Privacy Laws (GDPR II)

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By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb This past July we posted an article about the Europe’s Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect in May 2018:  Go here. The law informed businesses in Europe, or with European activities, of the rules regarding the collection, storage, and usage of personally identifiable information of consumers. The law […]

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Are new statutory claims covered by your cyber policy?

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb. In June 2018, California passed the most stringent data privacy law in the United States. Companies with business in California will likely have to request fundamental changes to their insurance programs to protect against the risks created by the statute. The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 ["CCPA"] forces […]

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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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Cybercrime Uses Social Engineering Techniques to Steal Employee Credentials and Commit Payroll Diversion

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By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb Recent developments clearly shows the urgent need for security awareness training. The FBI warned September 18, 2018 about new criminal campaigns that target the online payroll accounts of employees in a variety of industries. METHODOLOGIES “Cybercriminals target employees through phishing emails designed to capture an employee’s login credentials. Once […]

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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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Early Notice to insurers and claims mitigation has many benefits

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb. From a purely risk management perspective, bringing your insurer into the claims process is extremely prudent and can save you a lot of money.  The following outlines reasons why you should contact your malpractice insurer or insurance agent:  Reporting a potential claim enables your malpractice insurer to work on […]

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Fundamental Coverage Deficiency – delayed notice of claims

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT – if you have a multi-partner or multi-office firm and communication regarding potential claims might be delayed, then it is important to ensure that your insurer will not deny coverage if you don’t advise a potential claim until after the renewal date. —————————————————————————————————————— When reviewing the […]

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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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Why Full Tort coverage is crucial for CPAs.

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The first accountants’ professional liability insurance policy was written in the late 1930s following the decision in Ultramares Corporation v. Touche, 174 N.E. 441 (1932).  Coverage was basic – limiting the risks insured to claims made by clients arising from negligence acts.  In fact, the doctrine of negligence arose from the Scottish law case of […]

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