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Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Finance and Accounting Professionals Certificate Logo aicpa

  $0.00 - 689.00 |   CPE: 15.5 |   AICPA |   Apr 2018 |   Specialized Knowledge and Applications |   AICPA Store

Develop your fluency in cybersecurity.

According to CSO, an online resource dedicated to security and risk management, cybercrime damage costs are expected to hit $6 trillion annually by 2021 and cybersecurity spending will exceed $1 trillion from 2017 to 2021. Organizations are under increasing pressure to demonstrate that they are managing threats, and that they have effective processes and controls in place to detect, respond to, mitigate, and recover from cybersecurity events.

Cyber-attacks can:

  • Disrupt businesses
  • Result in financial losses
  • Destroy an organization's reputation

What is your role?

You must be able to speak intelligently on the subject internally and externally. Learn the terminology and the appropriate questions to ask. Apply the security mindset to your daily work and have an understanding of the potential risks and opportunities for your organization or clients as they develop or evaluate their cybersecurity risk management program.

Authored by Chris Romeo, a cybersecurity expert, this certificate program will cover several cybersecurity topics to help you acquire these skills and gain an understanding of the importance and impact of cybersecurity risks on your organization or firm, including relevant aspects of the AICPA's new cybersecurity risk management reporting framework. This knowledge is indispensable in today's global landscape of persistent and increasing cybercrime.

Through interactive training and self-paced learning, the new Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Finance and Accounting Professionals Certificate offers you the opportunity to build a foundation toward becoming a strategic business partner within your organization and with your clients. Advance your career with this certificate and digital badge and earn up to 15.5 hours of CPE credit.

Learning Objectives

This course will prepare you to do the following:

  • Recall key terms related to cybersecurity.
  • Recognize the impact of digital transformation on business.
  • Recognize what it takes to have a security mindset.
  • Recognize the threat landscape and the importance of security to various technologies.
  • Recognize how a data breach occurs and the organizational impact.
  • Recognize the impact to the organization when privacy is compromised.
  • Identify which security framework or frameworks would be most appropriate for your organization or client.
  • Identify the five functions described in the core of the NIST CSF.
  • Recognize the definition and purpose of a cybersecurity risk management program.
  • Recognize the importance of the cybersecurity description criteria within a cybersecurity risk management program.
  • Identify the overall potential opportunities and risks to the organization or client related to cybersecurity.
Key Topics
  • Cybersecurity terminology and digital transformation
  • Attacks and the security mindset
  • Data breaches and privacy
  • Cybersecurity frameworks including NIST CSF
  • Cybersecurity risk management program and the related description criteria
  • The benefits of investing in cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity service offerings
Who Will Benefit?

Non-IT finance professionals, CFOs, controllers, management accountants, public accountants, partners, managers, and internal auditors who want to do any of the following:

  • Speak intelligently on cybersecurity to internal teams and external clients.
  • Make sound strategic decisions related to investments in cybersecurity.
  • Become a responsible business partner by understanding what your part is in cybersecurity risk as an accounting or finance professional.
  • Standout with a digital badge as someone who is committed to your clients' cybersecurity needs
  • Convey the value of a cybersecurity risk management program.
  • Understand the relevant aspects of the AICPA's cybersecurity risk management reporting framework.
  • Understand fundamentals to determine if there's interest in exploring cybersecurity advisory or attest work as a specialization, individually or as a firm.
  • Identify cybersecurity risk management opportunities to hand off to cybersecurity specialists.
  • Add value to your organization, create opportunities for career growth and earn CPE credit.
Topics covered:
  • Management accounting: Technical: Risk management & internal control: Risk identification & assessment, Foundational
  • IT management & assurance: Technical: Information security & privacy, Foundational
  • Assurance: Technical: Audit: Cybersecurity, Foundational
  • Assurance: Technical: Advisory & consulting services: Cybersecurity, Foundational

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