It is vital to remain vigilant against cybercriminals. That is because business owners continue to be the prime targets for identity thieves and data breaches at an alarming rate. Cybercriminals use sophisticated and ever-evolving techniques to gain access to your systems. These criminals steal sensitive tax data, file fraudulent tax returns, and create financial havoc for your business.
While there are many steps you can take to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of cybercriminals, creating and maintaining a data security plan tops the list. Your strategy should protect your business against data loss and tax-related identity theft. This does not guarantee that your business will not be a target. But it will help you identify what aspects of your business may be vulnerable and how to improve your security posture related to that weakness.
Getting started on a security plan remains a challenge for some. Many seek the help of cybersecurity professionals to customize a data security plan for their business. Because every business is unique, cybersecurity pros can address your individual business needs and craft a security plan that safeguards your business and data. There is a substantial market for cybersecurity professionals, but before hiring a cyber pro:
Ask for recommendations. Talk to other business owners for references.
Be selective. Hire a professional that you feel confident with and trust in discussing the safety and security of your business and your clients.
Interview. Ask about their level of knowledge in data and systems protection, possible options for backing up information, experience developing security plans for similar-sized businesses, and the scope of monitoring for current and emerging threats.
Make it official. Secure an agreement or engagement letter that details the terms of each service provided.
We hope you never become the victim of a security breach; however, no computer or business is immune to compromise. Being prepared helps protect your business.