Self-Study Course Details
The annual global cost of cybercrime is high and getting higher all the time. In fact, cyber criminals reap a windfall from their activities that is estimated to have been $450 billion in 2015 and is anticipated to climb to an annual $6 trillion average by 2021. In the United States alone, the FBI received reports of 467,361 complaints involving $3.5 billion in 2019. Almost all of that cybercrime began with—and continues to start with—a social engineering concept known as “phishing.”
Certain business organizations, among which are those referred to as “financial institutions,” are charged by the FTC with taking particular steps to protect their customers’ financial information. Included in the category of financial institutions are professional tax preparers. Professional tax preparers normally maintain a significant amount of taxpayer information in various files—electronic and paper—that would be a treasure trove for cyber criminals.
In this course, tax preparers are introduced to the problem of cybercrime and its costs, offered methods that can be expected to reduce the chances of becoming a cybercrime victim, and informed of proper steps to take if they do become victims of cybercrime. Accordingly, it will examine cybercrime and will discuss:
- The extent of the cybercrime problem;
- The potential costs to a tax preparer whose taxpayer data have been breached;
- The best practices a tax preparer may implement to avoid becoming a cybercrime victim; and
- What a tax preparer should do if its taxpayer data has been breached.
- Recognize the pervasiveness of cybercrime
- Identify the potential costs of experiencing a data breach
- Understand the best practices that may be implemented to protect a tax preparer from cybercrime
- Understand the responsibilities of a tax preparer who has experienced a taxpayer data breach
Paul J. Winn CLU ChFc is a financial writer, editor and trainer in the insurance industry. Past positions have included product developer, compensation officer, marketing VP, VP of strategic planning as well as being President of Maryland Financial Corporation. Mr. Winn has served on multiple Insurance Industry Boards including Baltimore Chapter of CLU and ChFC and Member/Secretary, Advisory Board to New York State Insurance Department. He is well known as a writer and editor of major mutual life insurance company’s agent-training ”university” and has created more than 100 training/continuing education courses. He is also a published book author.
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