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Cyber Crisis: How to Respond to a Payroll Breach


This is a virtual event, accessible online and over the phone. Access instructions will be provided after registration.


A key attribute of the payroll profession is the ability to secure employee and company data. Those payroll obligations are increasingly under attack as cybercriminals develop new ways to dupe the unsuspecting into giving up private information or redirecting payroll funds.

In response, employers and payroll departments must adhere to increasingly strict protocols to prevent a payroll data breach. But even as these are applied, new adaptations to schemes create a certain inevitability that payroll data, at some point, will be compromised. This webinar focuses on what happens after security plans fail, how employers react, and what’s at stake after a breach or compromise of key employee-related data.

This webinar will cover:

  • Common attributes of data breaches
  • The most egregious data breaches for payroll
  • Payroll’s involvement in data-breach protections and plans
  • Responses and remediation to cyberattacks
  • Employer recovery costs, people management, and communication

Educational Objectives:

  • Identify the most common data-breach method
  • Explain how payroll-specific breaches occur are occurring
  • Discuss attributes of employer data-protection plans
  • Recognize payroll’s role in incident-response plans
  • Spotlight key areas of post-breach employer and personal liability

Who would benefit most from attending this Bloomberg Tax webinar?

Payroll professionals, payroll managers, human resources professionals and managers, tax accountants


Michael T. Baer
  • Managing Editor
  • Bloomberg Tax & Accounting

Michael Baer, the managing editor of Bloomberg Tax's Payroll publications, has been with Bloomberg BNA since 1990 and has spent his entire time there covering payroll and HR issues. In 1998, he received recognition as a Special Friend to the payroll community from the American Payroll Association. Prior to joining Bloomberg BNA, Mr. Baer gained experience in payroll and human resources with Marriott, and later was the personnel manager for the Shanghai Hilton.Mr.Baer became a Certified Payroll Professional in 1991. He earned his M.A. in International Affairs from the American University s School of International Service and his B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland.

Michael Trimarchi
  • Senior Copy Editor/Analyst
  • Bloomberg Tax & Accounting

Michael Trimarchi is the senior copy editor and analyst for the Payroll News unit at Bloomberg Tax. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in business administration from Rollins College. He previously worked at the Washington Post.

Continuing Education

1.0 General COA, 1.0 RCH
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