Are you protected?
ICAEW has received the following email from HMRC that may be of interest to our readers:
Cyber crime - are your members protected?
Cyber crime affects many small businesses including tax agents and advisors. Last year alone, 87 per cent of small businesses suffered a cyber attack at an average cost of £35,000-£65,000.
As your members increasingly use online for their transactions with HMRC it is vital that they protect their online systems effectively.
There are a number of simple things tax agents and advisors can do to stay safe online, including:
- keep login details safe and never use clients' login details
- change passwords regularly
- install anti-virus software onto all systems
- keep computers secure including computers used for home working
This week HMRC is supporting Get Safe Online Week which aims to raise awareness of internet security and we would like to ask for your help in disseminating this important information to your members.
We have pulled together a package of resources which you can use when communicating with your members.
Tax agent-specific tips http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/security/agents.htm
Practical advice and tips for small businesses and consumers www.getsafeonline.org.uk.
There is also a PDF leaflet available for download that you might find useful.