Information Security: Basic Safeguards for Practitioners 2020

  • Credits: 6
  • Format: Self-Study eBook
  • Field of Study: Specialized knowledge
  • Author/ Speaker: Tax CE Publishing

Course ID: Advanced Preparation: Experience Level:
AC-941 None Intermediate
Published Date: Program Prerequisites: Other Course Formats:
© March 2020 Basic Understanding of Information Technology eBook | Self-Study


All CPAs and Tax Practitioners deal with very sensitive client data. Cybercriminals are highly sophisticated, well-funded, and technologically adept at hacking computers and stealing 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 identity theft. As a result, all CPAs and tax practitioners must protect their client’s information by protecting their computers, networks, and by 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 your computer systems and networks to keep client data safe.

Learning Objectives:

After reading the course material, you will be able to:

  • Identify the importance of information security for CPAs and Tax Practitioners.
  • Define the term “identify theft” and recognize how to identify theft that 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 breach of sensitive client identity data.

Who Should Attend:

  • All Certified Public Accountants (CPAs)
  • Enrolled Agents (EAs)
  • Tax Return Preparers (TRPs)

Qualifies and Approved with All State Boards of Accountancy and the following sponsorship’s: