The Top Five Cybercrimes White PaperCybersecurity is one of the major areas of concern for our government as it faces threats to the nation's critical infrastructure. For organizations, prevention of compromise to their information assets makes this issue a priority as focus and resources are placed on the formation of information security policy and the implementation of control measures to prevent access and/or manipulation of their systems and data.

With the ever-increasing demands and requirements to ensure your organization’s or clients' business data, information, and systems are secure, the AICPA’s Information Management and Technology Assurance Center website provides the following content designed to help you in your own practice, as well as to serve as resources when advising or providing assurance to others.

With the rampant growth in cybercrime, it's no longer a question of if CPAs, their clients or their organization will become a victim, but when. The Top 5 Cybercrimes, a white paper developed by the AICPA's Forensic and Valuation Services Section in conjunction with the IMTA Division, identifies and examines the cybercrimes that pose the strongest threats for CPAs. It features expert remediation guidance, real-life examples, in-depth statistics and invaluable resources that can help CPAs in their prevention, detection and recovery strategies.

AICPA Launches New Cybersecurity Resource Center for CPAs
From corporate hacking scandals to phishing scams aimed at individuals, cybersecurity is an urgent matter. No organization or client is entirely safe from cyberattacks and digital threats to businesses and government entities are likely to increase in the future. CPAs are well-positioned to take a leadership role on behalf of their clients or organizations by providing advisory or assurance services that address risks associated with cybersecurity. Visit the new AICPA Cybersecurity Resource Center to access cybersecurity news and information, including resources from IMTA’s Cybersecurity Task Force.

Tommie Singleton, CPA/CITP, CFF, recommends several steps organizations can take to improve cyber-security efforts related to passwords. But Singleton, director of consulting services at US accounting firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram, cautions that relying on strong password policies alone is not nearly enough.  Read more of the CGMA online post.

Visit the AICPA TV channel for webcast archives on Cybersecurity.
ABCs of IT Security for CPAs

Check list for IT security for CPAsABCs of IT Security for CPAs #8: A CPA’s Introduction to Peripherals Security Management
Peripheral devices are fueling a growing trend of security breaches, information leakage, and data theft inside and outside networked environments.

ABCs of IT Security for CPAs #7: Introduction to Security Maintenance Considerations
Computer systems require routine maintenance and upkeep to keep current and secure. 

ABCs of IT Security for CPAs #6: Introduction to Perimeter Security
This article introduces the cornerstones of network perimeter security.

ABCs of IT Security for CPAs #5: What CPAs Should Know About Desktop Security Measures
Every security component works alongside or in conjunction with other facets of an overall framework to achieve and fulfill some desired security policy objective.

ABCs of IT Security for CPAs #4: A CPAs Introduction to Mobile and Remote Computing Security Considerations
As everyday mobile devices take on more features, forms, and functions new opportunities for potential attack and exploitation come along with them.

ABCs of IT Security for CPAs #3: A CPAs Introduction to Physical Security Considerations
Physical security is part of a multi-layered model that incorporates various practices, protocols, and procedures.

ABCs of Information Security #2: A CPAs Introduction to IT Policies and Procedures (Article)
Learn how to develop and implement effective IT policies and what to look for in client policies.

ABCs of Information Security #1: What is Information Security? An IT Security Primer (Article)
The first article in a series on Information Security introduces CPAs to information security with a discussion of the CIA Triad, and how the principles of Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability, lie at the heart of any successful IT security strategy.

Information & Identity Security

Pens and paper for IT security auditDon't Let This Happen To You: Critical Information Security Audit Considerations
Review of specific policies and procedures related to the security portion of Information Technology internal audit.

Identity Management and Access Control
With the near ubiquity of computerized accounting systems, identity and access management (IAM) has become a critical entity-level control functioning both at the system and application levels.

Test Your Information Security IQ
Information security is a dynamic field and, although accounting professionals have become much savvier on the subject, keeping track of the latest best practices can be a daunting task. How current are you? Take this quiz on information security basics to find out.

Small Company Security Resources
Today, companies rely on technology to manage and operate virtually every aspect of their business, with a critical focus being protecting sensitive financial information and client, vendor and employee data.

Additional Resources

Stack of papers for additional information security management references
Download a comment letter on the National Institutes of Standards and Technology’s (NIST’s) Small Business Information Security: The Fundamentals, a reference guideline developed by the NIST in partnership with the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as information security awareness outreach to the small business community.

Download a comment letter on the National Institutes of Standards and Technology's (NIST's) Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework (Preliminary Framework) pursuant to the President's Executive Order 13636 on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.

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