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Hackers successfully acquired access to 143 million individuals' Social Security number, driver's license numbers, and credit card numbers. Equifax's breach affects nearly half of the U.S. population.

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Hackers are increasingly targeting companies at an alarming rate. It only takes one click to bring the services of a company to a halt. Most believe that having the best firewalls in place will mitigate this risk, but in reality their most vulnerable firewall is the human firewall. Security training and awareness most be continuous to keep up with ever-evolving threats. Especially since hackers are always one day ahead of the firewalls that protect you.

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According to digital security provider Gemalto, despite the increasing number of data breaches and nearly 1.4 billion data records being lost or stolen in 2016, the vast majority of IT professionals still believe perimeter security is effective at keeping unauthorized users out of their networks. However, companies are underinvesting in technology that adequately protects their business, according to the findings of the fourth annual Data Security Confidence Index Survey.

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WannaCrypt is a serious ransomware attack that has caused major interruptions to individuals, businesses and governments around the world. However, what gives this ransomware teeth is that it took advantage of a vulnerability in Microsoft operating systems that has been public knowledge. Anyone who was using an operating system newer than Windows XP, could have simply patched their workstation and their only risk was to click on a link they shouldn't have. The problem is many people and organizations haven't patched their computers or are still running Windows XP.

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UHY Advisors shared how to implement effective change management through a culture of continuous improvement on its Atlanta Business Radio show April 21st at 10 a.m. EST. UHY’s Managing Directors Frank Fenello and Cindy Hannafey hosted as part of UHY’s monthly radio program series, Cause & Affect. Listeners learned how to successfully manage through change and sustain the resulting increased efficiencies and productivity.

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Team collaboration applications such as Slack and Unify Circuit can make life easier for enterprises. But for some organizations, the risk might not be worth the reward.

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Are enterprises more or less secure than 5 years ago? That’s the big question of the moment, especially with ongoing revelations about state-sponsored hacking, as well as an unending stream of reports about customer and employee data being compromised by even the most seemingly security-conscious organizations. Awareness of data security is running at a fever pitch at the highest levels of government and business organizations. There have been plenty of technology advances, and awareness has grown. Still, the wave of breaches and threats never seems to abate, and likely never will.

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The Better Business Bureau has learned that scammers are now targeting small business owners with phishing emails using QuickBooks software as bait. Emails are being sent with the subject line "QuickBooks Support: Change Request". The message is "confirming" that the business name was changed with Intuit, QuickBooks' manufacturer, even though no such request was made.

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IRS warns a damaging W-2 phishing email scam is spreading aggressively beyond corporate America. Two weeks ago the IRS issued a warning about a W-2 phishing email scam. Less than a week later the IRS issued an urgent alert stressing the scam is spreading aggressively beyond corporate America and into schools, hospitals, nonprofits, middle market companies, etc.

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Brad Baer, a Managing Director in the Management & Technology Consulting group at UHY Advisors, recently had the pleasure of leading UHY’s Cause & Affect radio program on the topic of continuous accounting. Along with my colleagues Andrew Borsuk from the UHY team, Matt Cagwin with First Data, and Tammie Coley with Cox Communications, we addressed transforming a company’s accounting department to become more automated, efficient and productive, ultimately making a real impact on company performance. 

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