Data security for your client’s data and any sensitive data is critical today. Are you doing enough to protect your data with the current remote working scenarios?
Accounting professionals are vulnerable to cyber attacks, more so during the tax season. The volume of sensitive client data handled by accounting and finance professionals is attractive to cybercriminals. The pandemic has forced most staff to work from home for now. A Gartner survey finds that 47% of organizations will give employees the choice of working remotely on a full-time basis post-pandemic also. Rapid digital transformation has led to an increase in cyber attacks. It becomes imperative for organizations to protect client data and other sensitive data.
Accountants are likely to have sensitive client data. Sensitive data can include Social Security numbers, addresses, bank account numbers, credit card data, driver’s license numbers, salaries and earnings, medical history, and other information. These are monetizable data, and thieves seek precisely these details. You need to make sure that client data is secure. This is of paramount importance irrespective of the fact that your accounting team is working from home or office.
Here are some steps to protect your devices from cyber attacks. As an organization leader, you should have company policies in place to protect sensitive data. Data security is a priority now.
You can mandate and implement the following cybersecurity measures –
Working from home has its challenges concerning client data security. If you have provided an organization device to your employees, it will be easier to secure it. Organizations can secure the device with end-to-end network security. However, if the employees are using their own devices, here are a few more tips for protecting devices:
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