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Cyber Security Essentials for Accounting Firms

  • Accountant
  • CPA (CA)
  • CMA
  • CPA (US)
  • CWS
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Course Description

Course Description

Security reigns as one of the top concerns of all accounting firm owners regardless of firm size.

Cybercriminals have discovered that tax and accounting firms have a wealth of personal information stored on their local computer networks and that your office network is the weakest link in the chain of custody for a taxpayer’s most personal financial information. To put a finer point on it, in the era of COVID-19 social distancing rules, you are likely managing some or all of your business, and working from home or in a non-public-facing way.

Whether you work remotely or in the office, how do you secure your network?

Securing your office systems in a local or wide area network environment is required for the retention of taxpayer data. Having a good, foundational understanding of your responsibility to secure your clients’ data and how cyber thieves operate is the best way to secure your data, and should let you sleep a little better at night!

A cybersecurity breach is very costly to both clients and the CPA firm. Forensic discovery, remediation, determination of exfiltration of data, reporting requirements, and cost of outside counsel to protect the CPA firm's litigation exposure will typically cost $70,000 to $300,000, in the experience of clients of the cybersecurity company of one of the authors. Cyber insurance can cover some of these costs but not nearly all of them.

Extortion based on client-sensitive or firm-sensitive data is the new twist to a breach. Such extortion attempts may threaten retaliatory disclosure of client or company data on the internet, the value of which may be over $2 million per incident in one author's company's client experience.

Attend this CPE webinar to learn about the latest IRS security requirements, the leading cyber threats that firms face today, and how to minimize your firm’s greatest exposure - your personnel!

Walk away with practical guidance and resources to further protect your firm from hackers lurking on the fringe.

Learning Objectives

  • To identify the latest security threats that could cripple your firm and your clients
  • To list specific action steps your firm can take to minimize the takeover of your cyber assets
  • To analyze legal requirements and why you must have a written information security plan.

Recommended For

  • This Online CPE webinar is appropriate for CPAs, CMAs, CFEs, CFFs, CITPs, MAFFs, CEOs, CFOs, Business Owners, Business Managers, Entrepreneurs, and Other Individuals, and other individuals interested in the Cybersecurity of their firms.

Who Should Attend?

  • Accounting Firm
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
  • Certified Practicing Accountant
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Chartered Professional Accountant
  • CPA (Industry)
  • CPA - Mid Size Firm
  • CPA - Small Firm
  • CPA in Business
  • Entrepreneurial CPA
  • Staff of Accounting Firm
  • Young CPA

Course Qualification

Webinar Qualifies For

  • 1 CPD Credit for Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA Canada)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Information Technology for Certified Public Accountants (CPA-US)
  • 1 CPE Credit for Certified Management Accountants (CMA)
  • 1 CPD Credit for Certified Information Technology Professionals (CITP)
  • 1 CE Credit for Certified Fiduciary & Investment Risk Specialist (CFIRS)
  • 1 CE Credit for Certified Wealth Strategist (CWS)
  • 1 General Credit for Accountant/Bookkeeper/Tax Professionals

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About Presenter

Roman Kepczyk, CPA, CITP, LSS BB

Director of Firm Technology Strategy, Right Networks

Roman Kepczyk is Director of Firm Technology Strategy for Right Networks and a long time trusted technology consultant to the accounting profession.  He has partnered with more than 400 CPA firms to effectively utilize their information technology and accounting applications by optimizing their tax, assurance, and administrative production workflows.  In addition to being a CPA.CITP, and CGMA, Roman is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt which he utilizes to transform accounting firms in his consulting practice.  Roman has been recognized as one of Accounting Today’s Most Influential People in Accounting fifteen times, a CPA Practice Advisor Top Thought Leader each of the past ten years, and one of INSIDE Public Accounting’s Most Recommended Consultants to the Accounting Profession sixteen years.  Roman is a prolific author and speaker to the accounting profession helping firms transform their practices. 

About Company

Right Networks

Right Networks is the preeminent accounting platform bringing together best-in-class accounting technology, data sharing and collaboration, productivity tools and world class guidance and support to make you more productive and more profitable.


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Ratings and Review


86 Ratings



Very Good









Mary Steirer, Accountant, CPA (US)

Jan 18th, 2022

This webinar really explained many of the cyber security issues that are facing companies that have recently started working remotely. Offered some valuable suggestions on how to address -and more importantly prevent- cyber attacks.


Amy Parker, CPA (US)

Jan 18th, 2022

It was a great class. I do not have the ability to determine what services we use; therefore I cannot make any decisions about hosting solutions.


Davis Le, CPA (US)

Jan 18th, 2022

Great presentation on the potential risks out there and the different forms they can take.


Stephen Davenport, CPA (US)

Jan 18th, 2022

This was a very good program. Content was well presented.


Thomas Berry, CPA (US)

Jan 18th, 2022

Excellent program. Knowledgeable speaker.

Cyber Security Essentials for Accounting Firms


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