JofA Cybersecurity Center

Cybercrime is a significant threat to CPA firms and their clients. For businesses and other organizations, the loss of customer or employee records to a cyberattack can cost millions of dollars and do significant damage to reputation and brand. Data breaches cost organizations $5.5 million per incident, or $194 per record stolen, in 2011, according to the annual Cost of Data Breach Study from the Ponemon Institute and Symantec.

To assist in the protection of digital data and systems across the accounting profession, the JofA has compiled links to its coverage of cybersecurity issues as well as links to resources from the AICPA. The JofA will update this page on a regular basis, so check back often for the latest news on how you can protect yourself, your business, and your clients from cybercriminals.

Cybersecurity Content

Note: Content is grouped by topic. Topics are listed, top to bottom, from those with the most articles to those with the fewest articles. Articles can appear in more than one topic list.



Mobile Devices

Risk Management

Security Tips

Diagnostic Tool

General Interest


CPE self-study




News quiz: College debt, stolen identities, and retirement planning

See how much you know about these developments and others in the Journal of Accountancy news quiz.


Preventing and detecting fraud at not-for-profits

Organizations in all industries must deal with the potential for fraud to occur, and design controls to prevent and detect it. Environment, policies, and controls can help organizations steer clear of problems.


The dangers of dabbling

To meet evolving marketplace needs, CPAs often look to diversify their service offerings. Firms can mitigate the risk of experiencing competency-related professional liability claims by implementing these basic steps.