Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Risk

2/13/2020
02:04 PM
Steve Zurier
Steve Zurier
Slideshows
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

7 Tax Season Security Tips

Security pros need be on high alert from now until Tax Day on April 15. Here are seven ways to help keep your company safe.
Previous
1 of 8
Next

Image Source: Adobe Stock:  Sergey Yarochkin

Image Source: Adobe Stock: Sergey Yarochkin

Tax time has arrived – and that means companies and individuals are vulnerable to IRS phone scams and business email compromises (BECs).

Security pros need to impress upon the staff that high-profile hacks can and do happen during tax season. The most famous one – the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hack – happened during the 2014 and 2015 tax seasons. Some 21.5 million people had their social security numbers and employment, health, and financial histories exposed.

In preparation for tax season, the IRS has posted its Identity Theft Central page, which serves as an excellent resource for individuals, professional tax professionals and businesses. The site offers step-by-step instructions on what to do if you receive a suspicious IRS-related email or phone call.

Read on for ways to help keep your company and staff secure during tax season.

 

Steve Zurier has more than 30 years of journalism and publishing experience, most of the last 24 of which were spent covering networking and security technology. Steve is based in Columbia, Md. View Full Bio

Previous
1 of 8
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Stop Defending Everything
Kevin Kurzawa, Senior Information Security Auditor,  2/12/2020
Small Business Security: 5 Tips on How and Where to Start
Mike Puglia, Chief Strategy Officer at Kaseya,  2/13/2020
Architectural Analysis IDs 78 Specific Risks in Machine-Learning Systems
Jai Vijayan, Contributing Writer,  2/13/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
6 Emerging Cyber Threats That Enterprises Face in 2020
This Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at six emerging cyber threats that enterprises could face in 2020. Download your copy today!
Flash Poll
How Enterprises Are Developing and Maintaining Secure Applications
How Enterprises Are Developing and Maintaining Secure Applications
The concept of application security is well known, but application security testing and remediation processes remain unbalanced. Most organizations are confident in their approach to AppSec, although others seem to have no approach at all. Read this report to find out more.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2015-0258
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-17
Multiple incomplete blacklist vulnerabilities in the avatar upload functionality in manageuser.php in Collabtive before 2.1 allow remote authenticated users to execute arbitrary code by uploading a file with a (1) .php3, (2) .php4, (3) .php5, or (4) .phtml extension.
CVE-2015-6922
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-17
Kaseya Virtual System Administrator (VSA) 7.x before 7.0.0.33, 8.x before 8.0.0.23, 9.0 before 9.0.0.19, and 9.1 before 9.1.0.9 does not properly require authentication, which allows remote attackers to bypass authentication and (1) add an administrative account via crafted request to LocalAuth/setA...
CVE-2020-9043
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-17
The wpCentral plugin before 1.5.1 for WordPress allows disclosure of the connection key.
CVE-2020-1704
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-17
An insecure modification vulnerability in the /etc/passwd file was found in all versions of OpenShift ServiceMesh (maistra) before 1.0.8 in the openshift/istio-kialia-rhel7-operator-container. An attacker with access to the container could use this flaw to modify /etc/passwd and escalate their privi...
CVE-2019-12954
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-17
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (Orion Platform 2018, NPM 12.3, NetPath 1.1.3) allows XSS by authenticated users via a crafted onerror attribute of a VIDEO element in an action for an ALERT.