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SOC for Cybersecurity Certificate

The SOC for Cybersecurity Certificate Program (14.5 CPE Credits) will teach you how to help your clients navigate threats as a trusted business adviser for their cybersecurity risk management programs.

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The SOC for Cybersecurity Certificate Program (14.5 CPE Credits) will teach you how to help your clients navigate threats as a trusted business adviser for their cybersecurity risk management programs.

Cybersecurity threats are escalating, unnerving the boards of directors, managers, investors and other stakeholders of organizations of all sizes – whether public or private.

The result? Your clients are under 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.

The framework for cybersecurity attestation

SOC for Cybersecurity meets a growing business need for attestation. It's a solution that builds upon the accounting profession's experience in auditing system and organization controls.

For clients whose cybersecurity risk management programs are mature, an independent CPA can perform an examination and express an expert opinion:

  • Is the program accurately described?
  • Are the controls effective?

Your opportunity as a cybersecurity adviser

This self-study certificate helps you understand how to perform SOC for Cybersecurity attestation examinations using the AICPA's new cybersecurity risk management reporting framework.

As a certificate recipient, you'll be among the first to showcase your knowledge about the AICPA's profession-wide approach to cybersecurity.

Digital badges: Your professional distinction

After you complete the three-part webcast series, you will be awarded a certificate in the form of a digital badge.

Proudly display it anywhere on the internet – a personal blog, a social site such as LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter, Open Badges, a bio page on a company website or your email signature.

WHO WILL BENEFIT?

Note: You must have either IT expertise or access to IT professionals who possess the skills to perform this work.

  • Public accounting practitioners interested in providing cybersecurity attestation services (SOC for Cybersecurity) and in building competencies in and understanding of this service
  • Professionals who already have SOC for Service Organizations practices and are looking to expand into cybersecurity attestation services
  • Management accountants and internal auditors who want to understand the SOC for Cybersecurity examination service available to their organizations related to their cybersecurity risk management program

KEY TOPICS

  • Cyberthreat landscape and the terminology used to describe various aspects of cybersecurity
  • Various SOC services
  • Components of cybersecurity risk management program
  • How to use the description criteria
  • How to use the control criteria to assess an entity's controls over cybersecurity
  • Key considerations prior to accepting a cybersecurity examination engagement and key planning considerations
  • Key steps involved in performing the cybersecurity risk management examination
  • Key factors to consider while forming the opinion and preparing the practitioner's report

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Understand the AICPA's Cybersecurity Risk Management reporting framework and how IT organizations and practitioners may use it to evaluate controls and communicate certain cybersecurity information to interested parties.
  • Analyze the components of an organization's cybersecurity risk management program.
  • Recognize the performance and reporting requirements of a SOC for Cybersecurity examination.
  • Cybersecurity threats are escalating, unnerving the boards of directors, managers, investors and other stakeholders of organizations of all sizes – whether public or private.

Credit Info

  • CPE CREDITS: Online: 14.5 (CPE credit info)
  • NASBA FIELD OF STUDY: Auditing
  • LEVEL: Intermediate
  • PREREQUISITES:  Familiarity with the cybersecurity description criteria and the trust services criteria
  • ADVANCE PREPARATION: None
  • DELIVERY METHOD: QAS Self-Study
  • COURSE ACRONYM: CSATT

This product is published by AICPA and sold through an exclusive partnership with Wiley.

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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.

AICPA’s online CPE courses will operate in a variety of configurations, but only the configuration described below is supported by AICPA technicians.

A stable and continuous internet connection is required. In order to record your completion of the online learning courses, please ensure you are connected to the internet at all times while taking the course. It is your responsibility to validate that CPE certificate(s) are available within your account after successfully completing the course and/or exam.

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  • Macintosh OS X 10.10 to present
  • Windows 7 to present

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  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox

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  • Adobe Acrobat Reader

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