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K2'S Tales Of True Tech Crimes - Ripped From The Headlines

Total Credits: 2 including 2 Information Technology - Technical

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ACPEN Industry Institute |  Industry
Brian F. Tankersley, CPA.CITP, CGMA
Course Levels:
2 Hour
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2020 was an exceptional year for everyone, and like everyone, the hackers, scammers, and other technology criminals took advantage of new opportunities brought by COVID.  Criminals reportedly used innovative approaches to exploit weaknesses created by the pandemic.  You will learn tips and techniques from these events to help protect you, your company, and your data. 

Attend this session and learn more about how high-profile control failures occurred so you can be more effective at preventing crimes such as theft, malware, ransomware, phishing, and hacking.

Basic Course Information

Learning Objectives
  • List at least three major security incidents reported in the headlines in the last year and explain at least one primary control design or operation flaws that allowed the hack to occur
  • Select the correct definitions from a list of standard security terms such as attack surface, vulnerability, exploit, social engineering, phishing, malware, heuristics, biometrics, and multi-factor authentication (MFA)
  • Explain why home-grade computer hardware and applications are sometimes less secure than business and enterprise-grade hardware and applications
  • List at least three best practices learned because of reviewing the incidents cited in the case studies

Major Subjects
  • Common security weaknesses that occur with hardware and software at home and in the office
  • Malware, ransomware, data breach, and incident response tips
  • Internal control failures resulting in the theft of assets or unauthorized manipulation of data
  • User authentication and security awareness training

Course Materials


Brian F. Tankersley, CPA.CITP, CGMA's Profile

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Director, Strategic Relationships

K2 Enterprises, LLC

Brian Tankersley is a consultant who advises US firms and companies on accounting technology issues. Mr. Tankersley is a frequent speaker at continuing education courses for K2 Enterprises, writes for multiple accounting media outlets, and publishes a nationally recognized blog on accounting and technology (  Mr. Tankersley has over 25 years of professional experience, including accounting, auditing, technology, and education, has been with K2 Enterprises since 2005.  Brian started teaching CPA review courses in 1997, and currently works with Yaeger CPA Review.

Tankersley has been recognized eight times as one of the “Top 25 Thought Leaders in Public Accounting Technology” by Cygnus Business Media. Brian has made presentations in 48 of the 50 US states and has served as a guest speaker for many professional accounting organizations across Canada.  He has received numerous awards for his writing and speaking from state CPA societies. Brian has presented sessions at most major national accounting technology conferences, including AICPA TECH+/Practitioners Conference, The Sleeter Group’s Solutions Conference, Sage Summit, CCH Connections, and Thomson Reuters Synergy User Conference.

Brian is a certified public accountant (Tennessee), a certified information technology professional (CITP), and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).  He holds bachelor’s degrees in both Accounting and Finance, cum laude, from the University of Tennessee. Tankersley also maintains numerous vendor software certifications, and is a member of the Tennessee Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.

Brian and his family make their home in Farragut, Tennessee.


Tue, Feb 01, 2022 - 09:00am to 10:52am CST
Fri, Feb 11, 2022 - 11:00am to 12:52pm CST
Tue, Mar 01, 2022 - 01:00pm to 02:52pm CST
Fri, Mar 11, 2022 - 03:00pm to 04:52pm CST
Tue, Apr 05, 2022 - 09:00am to 10:52am CDT
Fri, Apr 15, 2022 - 11:00am to 12:52pm CDT
Tue, May 03, 2022 - 01:00pm to 02:52pm CDT
Fri, May 20, 2022 - 03:00pm to 04:52pm CDT
Sat, May 21, 2022 - 10:00am to 11:52am CDT
Thu, May 26, 2022 - 01:00pm to 02:52pm CDT
Tue, Jun 07, 2022 - 09:00am to 10:52am CDT
Fri, Jun 17, 2022 - 11:00am to 12:52pm CDT
Tue, Jun 21, 2022 - 05:00pm to 06:52pm CDT
Sat, Jun 25, 2022 - 12:00pm to 01:52pm CDT

Additional Info

Basic Course Information

Original Recording Date 2021
Date Added to Catalog 06/22/2021
Prerequisites None
Advanced Preparation None
Designed For Business professionals desiring to improve information security by learning from recent technology crimes and data breaches 
Course Developer K2 Enterprises
Yellow Book No

Additional Information

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Overall:      4.7

Total Reviews: 6


Concesa C

"Great examples - very helpful to know."

J. Harold W

"Very knowledgeable speaker!"

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