Information Security: Basic Safeguards for Practitioners (6 hrs)

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Information Security: Basic Safeguards for Practitioners

All CPAs and Tax Practitioners deal with very sensitive client data. Cybercriminals are highly sophisticated, well-funded, and technologically adept at hacking computers and sealing information. CPAs and tax practitioners are some of their most highly desired targets. Cybercriminals desire the client data of all CPAs and tax practitioners. If these cybercriminals can successfully obtain the client information of CPAs and tax practitioners, they can file fraudulent tax returns for refunds or commit identify theft. As a result, all CPAs and tax practitioners must protect their client’s information by protecting their computers, networks and taking some simple safety approaches. This course will define information security, describe the numerous types of threats that exist today and define how to protect computer systems and networks to keep client data safe.

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Price: $77
This course is included in our Mega CPE Subscription and our Unlimited Tax Bundle.

Course No. C006
Format: Online pdf (116 pages). Printed book available.
Prerequisites: None
Advance Preparation:None
Level: Intermediate
CPE Credit: 6 hrs.
Field of Study: Information Technology (Counts as Federal Tax Related Matters for IRS CE credit)
Course expiration:  You have one year from date of purchase to complete the course.
Course Revision Date: March 2022


Upon completion of this course you should be able to:

  • Identify the importance of information security for CPAs and Tax Practitioners.
  • Define the term “identify theft” and recognize how identify theft most commonly occurs.
  • Recognize why CPAs and Tax Professionals are being targeted by cybercriminals
  • Recognize the importance of encrypting client data
  • Identify the importance of creating internal controls and a security plan to protect client data
  • Recognize the actions that must be taken in the event of a breachof sensitive client identity data

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