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Focus on Tech: CPAs and Cyber Security Issues and Ways to Avoid Phishing

Updated: Feb 16

Introduction: Welcome to "The Amber Stitt Show," where we dive into the world of finance, business, and personal success. In this episode, we focus on the crucial role of tech CPAs and the pressing cybersecurity issues that businesses face today. Our guest, Bryan Wilbourn from Echelon Technologies, shares valuable insights and real-life stories to help you navigate the murky waters of cybersecurity. So, let's dig in and learn how to safeguard both your company and personal information against phishing attacks.

The Vulnerability of Humans as the Weakest Link: Bryan starts the episode with a cautionary tale about a woman in a company who mishandled money, resulting in a $20,000 loss. Instead of immediately reporting the incident, she called the CEO to confirm if she should resend the money. This incident highlights the vulnerability of humans as the weakest link in security. No matter how sophisticated our technological defenses are, it all falls apart if we fail to recognize and address our own susceptibility to manipulation.

Protecting Your Business: Steps to Mitigate Risk: As a business owner, protecting sensitive information and minimizing risk is paramount. Bryan emphasizes the importance of taking proactive steps to secure your business. To begin, he suggests getting a risk assessment and business evaluation to identify potential vulnerabilities. Understanding your risks allows you to implement the necessary measures to mitigate them effectively. For those who handle sensitive information, like CPAs, it's vital to have multiple layers of security in place. Cyber-criminals are constantly evolving, searching for new ways to exploit vulnerabilities. Bryan uses the analogy of peeling back layers of an onion; the more layers you have, the harder it becomes for hackers to gain access. It's essential to invest in robust cybersecurity measures to protect both your business and your clients' information.

Empowering Individuals and Taking Control of Your Security: Even if you're not a business owner, it's crucial to take charge of your cybersecurity. Education plays a significant role in safeguarding yourself. The host encourages listeners to be active participants in their own learning and growth. The previous episodes of "The Amber Stitt Show" have provided valuable information, including steps to identify potential cybersecurity threats and acronyms to stay vigilant.

An Unfortunate Story: Bryan shares a story about a CPA firm that suffered a business email compromise. A new receptionist received a phishing email impersonating the CEO, instructing her to wire $20,000. Unfortunately, the money was sent before realizing it was a scam. This incident highlights the need for individuals to slow down, think, and verify information before taking action. Scammers primarily target emails, phones, and text messages. Slowing down and trusting your instincts when assessing the legitimacy of a call or message can save you from falling victim to these scams.

Conclusion: Our interview with Bryan from Echelon Technologies has shed light on the critical role tech CPAs play in safeguarding businesses from cybersecurity threats. We learned about the importance of proactive measures, such as risk assessments, business evaluations, and implementing multiple layers of security. Most importantly, we understood the significance of personal responsibility in cybersecurity. Taking the time to verify and think critically before acting can protect both businesses and individuals from falling into the traps laid by hackers and scammers. Remember, education and awareness are key to ensuring your financial and personal well-being.

Stay tuned to future episodes of "The Amber Stitt Show" for more invaluable insights on how to navigate the ever-changing landscape of cybersecurity. Take control today and create a safer future for your business and yourself.

Timestamped Overview

[00:02:19] CPA firm's risk management with email scam. [00:04:23] Money mishandled at multimillion dollar company. A CPA's $335k risk from data. Business owners should assess and mitigate risk. [00:07:45] Insurance team helps with implementation, security important. [00:10:20] Live number means increased scam calls. Trust instincts.

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