Linked in Article by Gary Lowe posted November 19th, 2018
Accountants …yes you, I’m talking to you…
who would have thought that you are the new honey pot?
So many cyber hacking criminals waiting to meet you, because you are golden challis they are seeking.
The business you trade in has the kind of information that can be sold for the highest premiums and turned into bit coin currency on the dark web of stolen data.
“But I have got my own IT guy!” I hear you protest
“For some of you that is true but are they specialists in their field? There are accountants and then there are specialist accountants. Is your It guy an IT specialist?”
You do realize you can no longer deflect to your ITguy, don’t you?
Case in point, Tommy Viljoen, Cyber Risk Advisor at Deloitte in Sydney was quoted in article on 8th February 2018 saying,
“Don’t leave cyber security to IT , accountants need to take responsibility too.”
Further he says.,
“Organisations and finance professionals need to take up the mantle on cyber security.”
Viljoen believes that “chartered accountants have lost their way” with regards to staying current on cyber security.
So, what can finance professionals do from a practical perspective to ensure they take on a leadership role on cyber controls? Awareness and education are a big factor.”
He goes onto say, “The traditional finance role is to ensure information is available to the right people and appropriately protected.’
Viljoen’s concern is that “the underlying obligation on protection has been passed by finance onto IT, to the detriment of what’s happening in organisations.”
He’s critical of finance for not getting up to speed with the way business is done today and the kind of protection needed to ensure the business has appropriate security.
And that is where I as the IT Security Specialist can assist your business by increasing your awareness, educating you, getting up to speed.
If you would like to discuss further how a strategy session for your Accounting Practice could prtect your business from attack please call me on 1300 942 000
IT Security Specialist