Tom Durkee and Lena Combs

Tom Durkee and Lena Combs, partners overseeing the CPA firm WithumSmith+Brown, PC (Withum)�s vacation ownership division, say Withum has found the number of successful cyber attacks in the U.S. has grown 144 percent in the past four years. In response to the needs of their clients, Withum has put together a comprehensive checklist to assist them in protecting themselves.

�Withum has prepared a list of questions for businesses to use to be better prepared for the possibility of a cyber attack,� says Durkee. Similarly, finding out about penetration testing cost would also help with preventing this risk before anything happens. This way, businesses can identify flaws in the security structure and make a positive change. As well as this, doing a google search into something like BroadbandSearch cyber security statistics can help you get a better idea of how much of a threat cybercrimes are to business’ and you’ll also come across tips on how to stay protected against these hackers. It might be helpful to dive deeper into the topic through a degree might help, consider the University of Alabama Birmingham for some interesting programs.

�The questions help executives look at each aspect of the issue, from the proactive protection of data, to how to handle the aftermath of an attack.�

�Our timeshare resort clients now have a tool to use to conduct an effective study of their internal systems,� says Combs. �For example, the first item on the list asks, �Have you identified (i.e. inventoried) the types of data you store that could be exposed during a data breach?� The list drills down to even assisting with personal inventory.�

There are questions to help clients walk through their enterprise security plan; to ask if they have the right team in place; to take a look at functions and technologies available to protect them and to help review how teams are trained and kept informed. Contact Durkee or Combs at 407-849-1569 for more information.

About WithumSmith+Brown, PC

One of the nation�s 30 largest accounting and consulting firms, Withum operates offices in New Jersey (including its Princeton headquarters); New York City, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Boston, MA; Orlando, FL; Aspen, CO; and Cayman Island. Withum also is a member of HLB International, a worldwide network of independent professional accounting firms and business advisors committed to assisting clients build and expand globally. For more information about Withum�s timeshare division, please contact Tom Durkee ( or Lena Combs ( at (407) 849-1569 or visit