Technology Concepts For Decision Makers

2 Credits: Information Technology


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2 Credits: Information Technology

Course Description

Many CPAs help to manage the technology budget in their organization. However, the number of technology concepts, terms, and acronyms involved make it difficult for them to fully participate in that discussion. This session covers major concepts and terms surrounding networking, security, and authentication. By participating in this session, you will be able to put these topics into context. In turn, you will be positioned to make better technology decisions for your company. Attend this session and learn more about the technology concepts in every organization so you can be a better leader.

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Learning Objectives

Upon completing this session, you should be able to:

  • Define and explain at a high level the purpose of major technologies represented by acronyms such as TCP/IP, DNS, DHCP, SMB, POP, IMAP, SMTP, SSL, VLANs, virtual machines, containers, and TLS
  • List the three major categories of authentication and give an example of each
  • Differentiate between servers, workstations, and thin clients, and between public clouds and private clouds
  • Identify the difference between an IP address and a port and give an example of how each would be used to access a resource
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Course Specifics

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Revision Date
March 23, 2020

Fundamental knowledge of basic technologies and computer operations

Advanced Preparation


Compliance Information

NASBA Provider Number: 103220

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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 …

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