Dialing in on Cybersecurity with Hossein Dadkhah

A quick Google search shows that accounting firms have data breaches every day. And, it’s easy to think, “Oh, that won’t happen to my business. I’m too small for cyber thieves to care about” OR “I’ve got password security on lock.” But, with no dedicated cybersecurity or IT person monitoring (OR detecting) possible breaches, the most valuable data is vulnerable and at risk. And, worse, so is your reputation if it does happen.

And this is why Hossein Dadkhah (Advantage IT) got into cybersecurity for accounting firms: to help protect client data, detect intrusions, and help these companies build an informed response strategy for when trouble comes knocking.

In this episode, Hossein and ProMarketer Podcast host Nate Hagerty discuss the importance of cybersecurity for accounting firms and tax practices as well as ways to mitigate this issue for practitioners.

That starts with an assessment of your firm’s security:

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• Most people think protection is the most important part of cybersecurity, but the thing that truly makes a difference is detection.

• Your firm should be set up to run 100% in the cloud when it comes to client data.

• The biggest asset of an accountant or tax practitioner is reputation. Once you’ve had a data breach, you legally have to disclose this to clients, and this makes them less likely to continue working with you.

This episode is brought to you by TaxProMarketer, a leading marketing agency serving CPA & tax firms. It was established in May of 2007 in response to increased demand for real-world, relationship-building (and profit-producing) marketing tools for use in the tax and accounting industry.

Currently, TaxProMarketer serves clients all across the United States and Canada who use their services to build relationships with their prospects & existing clients, as well as to grow the value of their business (for immediate cashflow and future sale-ability) by utilizing the following tools: a relational email marketing program, social media feed program, local listings management & optimization, and creating full “online marketing machines” for clients (which include SEO-optimized, conversion-centric custom websites).

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