Computer and Data Security Basics for the CPA

1 Credits: Information Technology


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Computer and Data Security Basics for the CPA

Course Level
CPE Credits

1 Credits: Information Technology

Course Description

In many cases, network intrusions, loss of data or even loss of funds is due to a failure to follow simple security basics. This course overviews some effective, common-sense techniques to secure your computer or network and associated data that are both low-cost and low-tech solutions. Tips on detecting social engineering emails and employee education to prevent loss of data and funds to social engineers is also discussed.

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Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to
• Recognize importance of computer and data security techniques
• Recognize and understand how different social engineering techniques can breach computer and data security
• Recognize methods to prevent social engineering fraud schemes

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Course Specifics

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Revision Date
August 30, 2023

There are no prerequisites.

Advanced Preparation


Number of Pages

Compliance Information

NASBA Provider Number: 103220

CFP Notice: Not all courses that qualify for CFP® credit are registered by Western CPE. If a course does not have a CFP registration number in the compliance section, the continuing education will need to be individually reported with the CFP Board. For more information on the reporting process, required documentation, processing fee, etc., contact the CFP Board. CFP Professionals must take each course in it’s entirety, the CFP Board DOES NOT accept partial credits for courses.

Meet The Experts

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Joseph Helstrom, CPA, is a partner at CFO Resources, LLC, a company focused on training and courseware for CPAs. He’s also the owner of Mill Creek Publishing LLC. Joe has over 30 years of experience as a CPA in both public accounting and industry, with extensive experience in financial reporting and analysis, treasury, tax, information technology, legal and regulatory matters, and strategic planning. After graduation from Butler University with a degree in accounting, Joe got his start at Ernst & Young. Subsequent to that, he has served for several different companies as a chief financial officer; director of treasury and …

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