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Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Finance and Accounting Professionals Certificate

Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Finance and Accounting Professionals Certificate

Join us for our updated two-part certificate webcast so you can understand cybersecurity and become part of the solution. Develop your fluency and gain the confidence to collaborate with others, as a non-IT professional, to help protect your organization or your clients from cyber threats.

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NASBA Field of Study

Information Technology



CPE Credits



Jeffrey Cook, Joyce Shen


3 months

Product Number


 Business & partner 
MyCPE Manager compatible
Product Details

Why is cybersecurity important right now?

As clients and organizations shift to work-from-home technologies during the COVID-19 pandemic, the risks related to IT and cybersecurity breaches are heightened. Therefore, an effective cybersecurity risk management strategy is essential for business operations in the current environment and for future preparedness.

More than ever, organizations are under pressure to demonstrate that they are managing threats, and that they have effective processes and controls in place to prevent, detect, respond to, mitigate and recover from cybersecurity events. Cyberattacks 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 key considerations related to cybersecurity to collaborate with others in your organization or client. Apply a security mindset to your daily work. Obtain an understanding of the potential risks and opportunities for your organization or client as they develop or evaluate their cybersecurity risk management program.

What do we offer?

This two-part 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 client, including an introduction to AICPA's cybersecurity risk management reporting framework. This knowledge is indispensable in today's global, digital landscape of persistent and increasing cybercrime, and now more than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What can you do?

Advance your career with this certificate and earn CPE credit. After completing the course, you will receive a digital badge that can easily be shared with your professional network.

This two-part certificate is offered over two consecutive days.

  • Day 1: Overview of Cybersecurity
  • Day 2: Cybersecurity Risk Management
Who Will Benefit
  • Finance professionals
  • CFOs and business managers
  • Controllers and internal auditors
  • Management and public accountants
Key Topics
  • The importance of cybersecurity and developing a security mindset
  • Cybersecurity and digital transformation
  • Cyberattacks, data breaches and privacy
  • Cybersecurity frameworks and regulations
  • Cybersecurity risk management: Risk assessment and controls
  • Operational and financial implications of cybersecurity
Learning Outcomes
  • This certificate program will prepare you to recognize:
  • The importance of cybersecurity to you — the accounting and finance professional — and your organization or client
  • What it takes to develop a security mindset to be a trusted adviser and key contributor toward cybersecurity risk management
  • Key cybersecurity terminology to enable you to converse and collaborate with other functional leaders, employees, and vendors
  • The impact of digital transformation on cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity threats, attacks, data breach implications, and privacy considerations
  • Security framework(s) and applicable regulations for your organization or client
  • The importance of the AICPA cybersecurity risk management reporting framework
  • Controls to mitigate cybersecurity risks
  • Financial and operational implications of cybersecurity
Upcoming Webcast Dates
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NASBA Field of Study
Information Technology
This is a digital product. With full paid access the content will be available to you for 3 months after purchase date.
Digital Badge
After completing the course, you will receive a digital badge that can be easily shared with your professional network
Do you have an AICPA membership? Log in to apply your member discount.

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Jeffrey Cook
Jeff Cook is a Director in the SOC practice at Coalfire and a seasoned information assurance and public accounting professional with over nine years of IT audit and consulting experience and over 20 years of experience in public accounting and auditing. Mr. Cook has worked extensively on SOC via the AICPA and has supported both SOC 1 and SOC 2 engagements in addition to providing IT audit support for traditional financial statement audits. In addition, he has functional knowledge of ISO standards, CSA STAR, C5, FISMA,, and FedRAMP. Mr. Cook is also an ISO 22301 Lead Auditor. Prior to joining Coalfire, Mr. Cook was a principal consultant and founder of a Washington, DC area accounting firm IT Audit and Advisory Group as well as a Senior Manager in the Government Contract Services Group. Mr. Cook helped issue the first SOC 2 report for the firm resulting in the firm becoming a registered SOC audit provider from the AICPA. Mr. Cook has also created procedures and provided training on risk-based IT audit procedures for financial audits to meet AICPA standards for IT risk. Mr. Cook went on to found Veris Group RA, a CPA affiliate of Veris Group, resulting in Veris issuing their first AICPA-based attestation and becoming a SOC provider. Mr. Cook is also heavily involved with the AICPA, volunteering with development of the SOC and CITP programs. Mr. Cook was part of the SOC 2 working group, helping to develop the 2018 version of the AICPA SOC 2 guide. Mr. Cook is a prior recipient of the AICPA Information Management and Technology Assurance (IMTA) Standing Ovation Award for outstanding professional achievement in the IT specialization area. Mr. Cook is a member of the Maryland Association of CPAs Board of Directors, the AICPA CITP credential committee, the AICPA IMTA SOC task force, and a Board Member for Community IT, a Washington, DC, based managed service provider for non-profits.
Joyce Shen
Joyce is currently the investment director and operating partner at Tenfore Holding leading enterprise software and big data investments. Outside Tenfore, Joyce is a faculty of data science at UC Berkeley. Joyce was previously the global managing director of emerging technologies and venture investments in the CTO office at Thomson Reuters where she built and led global emerging tech partnerships program and the emerging technology venture fund. During her tenure, she led new product innovations in fintech, IoT, and emerging data solutions, established the global blockchain program, and made eleven early-stage investments. Before Thomson Reuters, Joyce was the founding global CFO of IBM Cloud Platform managing $1B P&L. She also spent several years in IBM Corporate Development leading acquisitions and divestitures exceeding $6B in total transaction value. Joyce received her undergraduate and masters degrees from the University of Chicago.

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