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 protect their computers, networks and taking some simple safety approaches. This webinar will define information security, describe the numerous types of threats that exist today and define how `to protect your computer systems and networks to keep client data safe.
We provide a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to answer any questions you may have during this session. SMEs are available from 8am to 7:30pm Central Time. This course should only be taken during SME hours.
At the end of this webinar, students will 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 how CPAs and Tax Professional 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 breach of sensitive client identity data.
CPE Credits: 1 CPE for CPAs
Instructional Method: Group Internet Based
NASBA Field of Study: Information Technology
Program Prerequisites: None
Advanced Preparation: None
Revision Date: March 24, 2023