Ransomware continues to plague individuals and businesses of all sizes and in all industries. In fact, ransomware represents one of the biggest security threats we face today. Yet few are taking the steps necessary to reduce the risk associated with the potential loss of data caused by ransomware. Moreover, many fail to recognize the risk of a ransomware attack being considered a breach of confidential information. In this course, Tommy Stephens will teach you how effective controls can mitigate the risk of you becoming yet another ransomware victim. Imagine turning on your computer one day to find that all your data files have been encrypted. Yet a criminal holds the key necessary for you to regain access to and use of these files. This is the classic definition of ransomware, an attack that affects hundreds of thousands of computers each year. Don’t take the unnecessary chance that you will be a victim! In this session, you will learn the best practices for reducing the chances that your data is held hostage. You will also learn key tactics for recovering your data in the event your preventive efforts fail.
What is ransomware and how does it spread. How ransomware can cripple a business. Specific steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim. What you should do if you become a victim.
Business professionals seeking to enhance the security of their sensitive data by reducing the risks associated with ransomware.
Define “ransomware” and identify the risks it poses to you professionally and personally. List the top methods by which this malware infects an individual computer or a network. Implement control methods to help reduce your risk of becoming another victim of an attack.
This is a FlexCast (no exam required) and may be viewed only Monday - Saturday, 5am - 5pm PT. You may take up to one year from the date of purchase to complete the course. Pause your FlexCast and resume at a convenient day during the hours above. Partial credit for 2+ credit courses: If you are unable to complete the course in one sitting, partial credit can be awarded (minimum of one credit). To earn the remaining credits, you must return later and start the course from the beginning. Use chat to ask questions of a subject matter expert during the program.
Thomas Stephens Jr, Partner, K2 Enterprises, LLC
Thomas G. Stephens, Jr., received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree (Major in Accounting) from Auburn University in 1985. Upon graduation, Mr. Stephens began working for an Atlanta-based public accounting firm. After earning his designation as a Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Stephens worked for BellSouth Corporation in Atlanta as an Internal Auditor. After two years as an auditor, he was promoted to Staff Manager and then Operations Manager of the Internal Audit Group. In 1991, he transferred to the Comptrollers’ department of BellSouth and served as Manager of the Cost Accounting organization. While working full-time at BellSouth Corporation, Mr. Stephens also attended graduate school, earning a Masters of Science (Major in Finance) from Georgia State University in 1992. Mr. Stephens left BellSouth in 1994 and opened his public accounting practice in the metropolitan Atlanta area. In his practice, Mr. Stephens provided accounting, tax, and consulting services to individuals and a wide variety of small and emerging businesses. As part of his practice, he developed a successful consulting practice providing installation and support services of small business accounting software. Additionally, he began authoring and presenting continuing professional education courses to accounting and finance professionals. In 2003, Mr. Stephens affiliated with K2 Enterprises and in 2007 he joined the firm as a partner. To date, he has lectured nationally on subjects such as internal controls for small businesses, technology strategies, computer hardware and software applications, tax strategies and compliance, and financial accounting standards and applications. Over the past nineteen years, Mr. Stephens has presented in excess of 1,800 educational sessions to over 55,000 participants nationwide. Presently, Mr. Stephens resides in Woodstock, Georgia where, in addition to his association with K2 Enterprises, he provides consulting services to small businesses and CPA firms. In addition to an active professional career, Mr. Stephens enjoys an active personal life as well. He and Michelle – his wife of twenty-nine years – have two children. His hobbies include snow skiing, fishing, and running. Additionally, Mr. Stephens maintains professional memberships with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and is a past member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.
Non-Member Price $113.00
Member Price $98.00