Since 2004, the President of the United States and Congress have declared October to be Cybersecurity Awareness Month, helping individuals protect themselves online as threats to technology and confidential data become more commonplace.
This year’s campaign theme “See Yourself in Cyber” demonstrates that while cybersecurity may seem like a complex subject, ultimately, it’s really all about people.
More than 70% of cyberattacks are aimed at businesses with 100 or fewer employees. Con artists can target credit card or payment information, the business identity information or employee identity information.
Businesses are encouraged to follow best practices from the Federal Trade Commission including:
· Set security software to update automatically
· Back up important files
· Require strong passwords for all devices
· Encrypt devices
· Use multi-factor authentication
The IRS and the Security Summit partners in the states and the nation’s tax community remind people and the tax professional community to be on the lookout for phishing scams and other schemes that could put sensitive tax data at risk.
In the latest activity, the scam texts often ask taxpayers to click a link where phishing websites will try to collect their information or potentially send malicious code onto their phones. The IRS does not send emails or text messages asking for personal or financial information or account numbers. These messages should all be red flags for taxpayers.
Businesses should especially be alert to tax-related phishing email scams that attempt to trick employees into opening embedded links or attachments. IRS related scams may be sent to phishing@irs.gov
We all have a role to play in ensuring our interconnected world will be safer and more resilient for everyone. At O’Connor & Drew, P.C. we are proud to support this online safety and education initiative this October. We care about each of our clients and truly dedicated to partnering with them to help make their businesses succeed in the short-term and grow and thrive in the long-term.