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Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Finance and Accounting Professionals Certificate

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Understand cybersecurity—and be part of the solution.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the impact of digital transformation on business.
  • Recognize key cybersecurity terms and 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.
  • Recognize the definition and purpose of a cybersecurity risk management program and description criteria.
  • Identify which security framework(s) would be best for your organization or client.
  • Identify the five functions described in the core of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF).

Key Topics

  • Cybersecurity terminology and digital transformation
  • Attacks and the security mindset
  • Data breaches and privacy
  • Cybersecurity frameworks including NIST CSF
  • Elements of a cybersecurity risk management program
  • Benefits of investing in cybersecurity
  • Options for cybersecurity service offerings

Who Will Benefit?

  • Finance professionals
  • CFOs and business managers
  • Controllers and internal auditors
  • Management and public accountants

The threats from cyber-attacks are real, and can:

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

In fact, cybercrime damage costs are expected to hit $6 trillion annually by 2021. Organizations are under pressure to show that they have effective processes in place to detect, mitigate, and recover from cybersecurity events.

This certificate course gives you a foundation in cybersecurity so you can provide valuable leadership within your organization—or with your clients.

What do you need to know about cybersecurity?

You don't have to become an IT expert. But, you do need to be able to speak intelligently and:

  • understand key elements of the AICPA's cybersecurity risk management reporting framework;
  • learn the terminology and the right questions to ask;
  • understand the potential risks and opportunities for your organization or clients;
  • help advise on investments in cybersecurity or identify roles for cybersecurity specialists; and,
  • apply a security mindset to your daily work.

Gain expertise—and show it with this certificate and digital badge

As cybercrime threats grow, it's essential for financial professionals to understanding what the risks are and how mitigate or manage them.

This interactive, self-paced certificate program, authored by cybersecurity expert Chris Romeo, will help you acquire these skills so you can:

  • Add value to your organization
  • Create opportunities for your career growth
  • Consider exploring cybersecurity advisory as a specialization for yourself or your firm

System Requirements

About the Authors

Christopher J. Romeo, CISSP, CSSLP

Mr. Romeo is CEO and co-founder of Security Journey. His passion is to bring security culture change to all organizations. He is first and foremost a security culture hacker, designing security training programs and building internal security community. Mr. Romeo has twenty years of experience in security, holding positions in application security, penetration testing, incident response, and security engineering. Mr. Romeo consults with clients in building internal security community, developing large scale security culture changing training, designing product security programs, and creating secure development lifecycles.

Prior to founding Security Journey, Mr. Romeo spent ten years at Cisco Systems, where he held the title of Chief Security Advocate. He was recognized as a leader in driving the product security culture in Cisco as both a visible and relentless advocate for Cisco Secure Development Lifecycle practices and as an innovator in designing and developing educational, advocacy, and knowledge exchange programs. He established and developed the Cisco Security Ninja program, was an organizing force as well as emcee for the annual Cisco internal security conferences across the globe, and took the Security Advocate community program from 50 initial members to a mature group of 350. At his last internal security conference, a well-earned special Security Champion award was presented to Chris because of the impact of his years of contributions to CSDL.

Mr. Romeo is a frequent security conference speaker, featured at the RSA Conference (2015, 2016, 2017), ISC2 Security Congress (2014, 2015, 2016), AppSec USA (2015), AppSec EU (2016), and a host of other smaller regional security events (Converge Detroit, Raleigh Infosecon, FIRST, RVASec).

About the Publisher

American Institute of CPAs

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world’s largest member association representing the CPA profession, with more than 418,000 members in 143 countries, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting.

The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, and offers specialized credentials for qualified professionals who concentrate on personal financial planning; forensic accounting; business valuation; and information management and technology assurance. With The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), it offers the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation, which sets the global benchmark for quality and recognition in management accounting.

The AICPA and CIMA also make up the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association), which represents public and management accounting globally, advocating on behalf the public interest and advancing the quality, competency and employability of CPAs, CGMAs and other accounting and finance professionals worldwide.

The AICPA maintains offices in New York, Washington, DC, Durham, NC, and Ewing, NJ.