A Scary Ride Through the Dark Web

2 Credits: Information Technology


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2 Credits: Information Technology

Course Description

The Dark Web, a hidden and notorious part of the internet, is often associated with illicit and illegal activities, posing significant risks to personal and organizational security. This session takes you on an enlightening journey into the depths of the Dark Web, revealing its unseen impacts and dangers. Designed for those unfamiliar with this digital underworld, the course provides a first-hand experience of the Dark Web, showcasing both its positive aspects and negative implications. Participants will learn to differentiate between the Dark Web, the ordinary internet, and the “Deep Web,” gaining an understanding of how to securely connect to and navigate through this concealed network. The session also delves into the constructive uses of the Dark Web, juxtaposed with its role in facilitating illegal activities like selling hacked data and identity theft. By the end of this course, participants will be equipped with the essential knowledge to safeguard their information and understand the importance of cybersecurity in protecting against the threats of the Dark Web.

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Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Differentiate the Dark Web from the ordinary Internet and the “Deep Web”
  • Identify the steps necessary to connect to and navigate the Dark Web securely
  • List examples of helpful sites and uses of the Dark Web
  • Provide illustrations of how the Dark Web can facilitate potentially illegal activities, including those such as selling hacked data and identity theft
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Course Specifics

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Revision Date
January 13, 2022


Advanced Preparation


Compliance Information

NASBA Provider Number: 103220

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Meet The Experts

Thomas G. (Tommy) Stephens, Jr. Headshot

Thomas G. (Tommy) Stephens, Jr., CPA, CITP, CGMA, received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Major in Accounting) from Auburn University in 1985. In 1994, Mr. Stephens opened his public accounting practice in the metropolitan Atlanta area. In his practice, Mr. Stephens provided accounting, tax, and consulting services to individuals and a wide variety of small and emerging businesses. He developed a successful consulting practice providing installation and support services of small business accounting software. Additionally, he has authored and presented continuing professional education courses to accounting and finance professionals. Mr. Stephens has lectured nationally on subjects such as internal controls for …