Safeguarding Client Data

Exam Questions: 20
Course Level: Basic
Pages: 110 | Content: 100, Supplemental: 10
NASBA Area of Study: Management Services
Not Acceptable for: N/A
Version: 8210

CPAs, EAs and tax preparers have a unique responsibility to safeguard their clients' data because savvy cyber criminals know that they have access to very sensitive data, including social security numbers. This course will look at security recommendations from the FTC, both for general business information and for tax preparer specific information. It will detail the FTC Safeguards Rule and outline how to create a specifically tailored Written Information Security Plan (WISP). All course material provided. No prerequisites. Course level: Basic.

EA Program Approval Number: ZX34G-T-00512-23-S

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Table of Contents
  • Protect Your Clients and Yourself
  • Data Security Lessons from Law Enforcement
  • Data Security for Tax Professionals
  • Understanding the FTC Safeguards Rule
  • Creating a Written Information Security Plan (WISP)
  • Additional Details to Consider for Your WISP
  • How to Respond if a Breach Occurs
  • To identify the 5 principles of data security
  • To recognize security missteps available to law enforcement
  • To identify data security tools available to tax professionals
  • To recognize how the Safeguards Rule protects consumers
  • To recognize how to design a WISP specific to your company
  • To identify firm specific options to include in a WISP
  • To recognize the procedures to follow should your company experience a breach

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