Information Security for CPAs

1 Credits: Information Technology


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Information Security for CPAs

Course Level
CPE Credits

1 Credits: Information Technology

Course Description

Hackers have many methods for breaking through the security surrounding a CPA firm’s information systems. The Information Security for CPAs course describes the ways in which hackers can attack a computer system, as well as the many ways in which a CPA firm can protect its systems from attack. The course also addresses the FTC Safeguards Rule, which applies to tax return preparers.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the different types of attacks that hackers can use against a computer system.
  • Recall the best practices for keeping your infrastructure secure.
  • Recognize the types of insiders who can threaten your information security.
  • Specify how to protect against downloading malware.
  • Recall the specifics of the FTC Safeguards Rule as it applies to tax return preparers.
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Course Specifics

Course ID
Revision Date
May 20, 2024

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

Steven M. Bragg, CPA, is a full-time book and course author who has written more than 300 business books and courses. He provides Western CPE with self-study courses in the areas of accounting and finance, with an emphasis on the practical application of accounting standards and management techniques. A sampling of his courses include the The New Controller Guidebook, The GAAP Guidebook, Accountants’ Guidebook, and Closing the Books: An Accountant’s Guide. He also manages the Accounting Best Practices podcast. Steven has been the CFO or controller of both public and private companies and has been a consulting manager with Ernst & Young and …