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Accountants are attractive to hackers

The choice to hack an accounting firm is not so difficult for a cybercriminal. The loot that can be taken is quite large when compared to other professions.

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Accounting firms are increasingly victimized by hackers. Not too long ago, hackers were able to penetrate the accounting firm Deloitte for months. Cybercriminals also shut down an Eindhoven accounting firm for days using hostage software. If it happens to them, you too are at risk.

Human error is in a small corner

Especially since human error is in a small corner. Through a found USB stick, an intern infected the entire network with malware. An expensive joke because of the price that had to be paid for the hostage-taking, but also because of the fraud checks that had to be done. Last but not least, it can also cause considerable reputational damage. There goes your good name built up over the past few years.

Give clients a good example

The fact that cybersecurity is a hot topic for accountants is evident from the many articles on the website of the Dutch Professional Group of Accountants. It makes sense, too; as an accountant, you have a broad advisory role on business continuity. Cybersecurity advice is very important in this regard. Set a good example in this yourself. That way you and your clients are safe.

A summary of the risks

Accountancy firms are very interesting for hackers. Why?

You manage the data of several organizations. 1 hack makes multiple victims

It often involves financial data, this insight means hackers know what they can demand in ransom.

Just like lawyers, you probably need the data you lose quickly. That's a good bargaining chip for a hacker

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Here's how to keep hackers at bay

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    Train your employees with fun gamification.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Guardey in short?

You just want to know what Guardey is, in a few lines, not scrolling through the whole website. We got you covered. Here you are:

Guardey focuses on three parts of your cyber security:

A safe and encrypted VPN connection via Guardey’s secure infrastructure or a Site-to-Site VPN.

We analyze information packages from the data going through the VPN tunnel, give clear insights into your data infrastructure, and provide alerts in case of threats like ransomware, viruses, and irregularities in your network.

Your cyber security is as strong as your weakest link. With Guardey, you can educate your whole team and increase awareness in a fun and efficient way through gamification.

It’s an advanced software as a service with applications for Windows and Mac OSX and an online platform for reporting and managing your teams and company policies.

How does the free trial works?

Your free 14-day trial with Guardey is based on our Basic plan. In our basic plan, all the alarms will only be available for yourself or your own company, and you manage the alarms in-house. We don’t need any payment information to start your trial, and you can invite as many users as you want.

The majority of SMEs don’t have an in-house IT department or a team of cyber security specialists. Therefore we also offer Guardey co-managed and Guardey custom. In both plans, you are able to connect Guardey to a preferred Guardy IT partner or, of course, your own IT partner.

They can semi or fully manage the alarms and the health of your infrastructure so that you can focus on your business.

After your 14 days of the free trial, you can decide if you want to continue with a paid plan. Upgrading during your trial period means you stop your trial and upgrade to a paid plan. You need a verified payment method to upgrade.

How can I pay after the trial period?

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If you want to upgrade during or after your free trial to a paid plan, you can use one of the below payment methods:

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Can I up- or downgrade to a different plan?

Yes you can! You can always upgrade immediately and costs are calculated pro-rata on your next invoice. A downgrade will be effective from your next payment period.

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