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Cybersecurity Essentials for Tax Preparer

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Oct 27, 2021 | 03:00 PM EDT Register


  • An Issue for Tax Professionals
    2 mins
  • Cybersecurity Terminology
    13 mins
  • Backdoors
    30 mins
  • Cybersecurity Risks
    43 mins
  • Learning About vishing
    53 mins
  • Cybersecurity Risk Management
    70 mins
  • Basic Internal Controls
    81 mins

Course Description

The IRS has recently updated its guidelines for data and cyber security placing new responsibility for the security of taxpayer’s personal information on tax preparers. This course is designed for tax professionals who collect and store client’s personal information, who would like to obtain an understanding of data and cyber-security. You have probably heard of some of the more common types of cyber crimes such as ransomware, spyware, computer viruses, phishing, vishing, spoofing, data breaches, denial of service attacks, hacking, etc.

This course is designed to familiarize tax professionals who are not information technology (IT) experts on data breach and cyber-security risks and internal controls. We will review the IRS recommendations for securing taxpayer information. We will cover the material in a plain language, nontechnical manner. We will cover what you need to know, but not how to write the computer programs or code.

Major Topics Covered

  • Basic understanding of cyber-security
  • Familiarize tax professionals who are not information technology (IT) experts on cyber-security risks and internal controls
  • IRS recommendations for securing taxpayer information
  • What you need to know, but not how to write the computer programs or code

This course would be appropriate for CPAs, CFEs, CMA, CIAs, CFFs, MAFF, CGMAs, CFOs, CEOs, EAs, and others who prepare taxes or obtain and manage taxpayer information.

Learning Objectives

  • To identify how criminals commit acts of cyber fraud
  • To identify cybersecurity internal controls that will protect your company from cyber criminals
  • To identify the IRS cybersecurity recommendations for tax professionals

Who Should Attend?

  • Accountant
  • Accounting Firm
  • CPA (Industry)
  • CPA - Mid Size Firm
  • CPA - Small Firm
  • CPA in Business
  • Entrepreneurial CPA
  • Staff of Accounting Firm
  • Tax Accountant (Industry)
  • Tax Attorney
  • Tax Director (Industry)
  • Tax Firm
  • Tax Managers
  • Tax Practitioners
  • Tax Preparer
  • Tax Pros
  • Young CPA





The presenter was brilliant. Very detailed and very thorough. Made the subject and topics easy to understand and follow.


Excellent and useful information presented.


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