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      If you think the middle of tax season “is not the time” to proactively improve your firm’s cyber security protocols, you may be playing right into the hands of cybercriminals who are emboldened to launch attacks when they believe their targets are distracted by other things (such as tax return preparation, as one example).

      It’s no secret in the accounting profession that data breach attempts and cybersecurity attacks aimed at tax preparers, their clients, and the IRS are increasing in frequency and their level of sophistication. Tax season has always been a prime time for cybercriminals to strike, but now the bad actors are multiplying and getting more adept at flying under the radar. This makes it imperative for you to remain constantly vigilant and be proactive in taking all possible steps to defend your firm against attacks that could potentially take your firm down during tax season.

      The support team at Swizznet suggests the following three steps to take now to head off potential threats to your accounting firm during the heat of this hectic period.

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      As accountants and their clients evolve their businesses to support the next normal, cyber threats are close behind. Even small firms are a prime target due to the sensitive financial data they can access. The potential cost of a data breach is far-reaching, both in terms of direct costs and indirect impact to a firm’s reputation.

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      In today's society, security is an important issue, especially when it comes to financial data. Indeed, it seems you can't turn on the news anymore without hearing about another company that had their data stolen. If you are a small business or an accounting firm starting out, you should make security your top priority. Here at Swizznet, we hear your concerns when it comes to security. For this reason, we offer industry-leading secure accounting solutions. In this article, we will discuss why security is such an important feature when it comes to hosting your accounting software through QuickBooks.

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