Cybersecurity Awareness Month: What CPAs Need to Know

September 26, 2018

NEW YORK (September 26, 2018) –  The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) welcomes national cybersecurity awareness month (NCSAM) as an opportunity for CPAs and their firms to educate and remind their clients about the dangers and critical need to protect their personal data and financial information. It serves as a reminder to businesses, government entities, and non-profit organizations to do their part to protect their client and customer information. As tax, financial planners and business advisors, CPAs are a great resource for guidance on protecting financial data.

Now in its 15th year, NCSAM was created as an effort between government and industry to help ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safe and secure online. October 1 marks the start of the month-long campaign.

The AICPA has worked tirelessly to help organizations around the world meet the growing challenge of cybersecurity attacks. In 2017, the AICPA introduced a market-driven, flexible and voluntary cybersecurity risk management reporting framework. The framework enables all organizations in industries worldwide to take a proactive and agile approach to cybersecurity risk management to communicate those activities with stakeholders.

The AICPA has the information and resources to help organizations in various stages of cybersecurity maturity, including support on the basics, information on assessing and strengthening risk management programs and guidance for organizations considering seeking independent assurance from a CPA.

For more information, or to speak with a staff expert, contact Jackie Hyland at or 919-490-4387.