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Why Cybersecurity Matters to CPAs

  • 07/21/2021
  • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Webinar - CPA Crossings

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CPA’s are responsible for understanding (1) the presence of fraudulent activity, (2) that financial reports are complete and accurate, and (3) applying the going concern principle to a business. Appropriate cybersecurity controls, processes and oversight directly impact these three areas.

With an increasing volume of system hacks (e.g. Target, Experian, Sony, and most recently the US Government), it is no longer “if” you’re going to get hacked, it is “When.” If organizations do not have appropriate cybersecurity controls in place to protect against an attack, then a malicious hack can put them out of business. An organization’s cybersecurity posture should be a factor in evaluating the Principle of Going Concern.

This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how weak cybersecurity controls enable fraud
  • Understand cybersecurity methodology for ensuring data integrity of financial reports
  • Understand how an effective cybersecurity program impacts the principle of going concern
Program Content:
  • Recent cybersecurity attacks, their implications, and how weak cybersecurity controls enabled their success
  • Specific cybersecurity controls that help prevent fraud and support data integrity of financial reports
  • How an effective cybersecurity program is needed to reduce losses, prevent fraud, avoid reputational damage, and protect critical data assets

Designed for: Anyone who wants to understand how to prevent cybersecurity fraud, maintain data integrity of financial reports, and ensure data is protected and secure.

Level: Basic

Instructor: Petrina Youhan, CPA, CISSP/Dr. Kenneth W. Cooper, DCS, CISSP

Developer: DataPoint Solutions Consulting, LLC

CPE Credits: 2

Area of Study: Specialized Knowledge

Prerequisite: General understanding of data integrity as it relates to financial reports


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