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Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Finance and Accounting Professionals Certificate

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Develop your fluency in cybersecurity.

According to CSO, an online resource dedicated to security and risk management, cybercrime damage costs are expected to hit $6 trillion annually by 2021 and cybersecurity spending will exceed $1 trillion from 2017 to 2021. Organizations are under increasing pressure to demonstrate that they are managing threats, and that they have effective processes and controls in place to detect, respond to, mitigate, and recover from cybersecurity events.

Cyber-attacks 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 the appropriate questions to ask. Apply the security mindset to your daily work and have an understanding of the potential risks and opportunities for your organization or clients as they develop or evaluate their cybersecurity risk management program.

Authored by Chris Romeo, a cybersecurity expert, this 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 firm, including relevant aspects of the AICPA's new cybersecurity risk management reporting framework. This knowledge is indispensable in today's global landscape of persistent and increasing cybercrime.

Through interactive training and self-paced learning, the new Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Finance and Accounting Professionals Certificate offers you the opportunity to build a foundation toward becoming a strategic business partner within your organization and with your clients. Advance your career with this certificate and digital badge and earn up to 15.5 hours of CPE credit.

Learning Objectives

This course will prepare you to do the following:

  • Recall key terms related to cybersecurity.
  • Recognize the impact of digital transformation on business.
  • Recognize 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.
  • Identify which security framework or frameworks would be most appropriate for your organization or client.
  • Identify the five functions described in the core of the NIST CSF.
  • Recognize the definition and purpose of a cybersecurity risk management program.
  • Recognize the importance of the cybersecurity description criteria within a cybersecurity risk management program.
  • Identify the overall potential opportunities and risks to the organization or client related to cybersecurity.

Key Topics

  • Cybersecurity terminology and digital transformation
  • Attacks and the security mindset
  • Data breaches and privacy
  • Cybersecurity frameworks including NIST CSF
  • Cybersecurity risk management program and the related description criteria
  • The benefits of investing in cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity service offerings

Who Will Benefit?

Non-IT finance professionals, CFOs, controllers, management accountants, public accountants, partners, managers, and internal auditors who want to do any of the following:

  • Speak intelligently on cybersecurity to internal teams and external clients.
  • Make sound strategic decisions related to investments in cybersecurity.
  • Become a responsible business partner by understanding what your part is in cybersecurity risk as an accounting or finance professional.
  • Standout with a digital badge as someone who is committed to your clients' cybersecurity needs
  • Convey the value of a cybersecurity risk management program.
  • Understand the relevant aspects of the AICPA's cybersecurity risk management reporting framework.
  • Understand fundamentals to determine if there's interest in exploring cybersecurity advisory or attest work as a specialization, individually or as a firm.
  • Identify cybersecurity risk management opportunities to hand off to cybersecurity specialists.
  • Add value to your organization, create opportunities for career growth and earn CPE credit.

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.