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Keep Your Edge - What Every CPA Needs to Know About Technology Annual Technology Conference
Date

9/21/2017 - 9/22/2017
Level

Update
Credits

12.0

Registration

7:45 AM
Course Begins

8:00 AM (MT)
Course Ends

4:00 PM (MT)

Member Fee

$425.00
Non-Member Fee

$525.00
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Type
Live Group Seminar
Discounts
Early Registration ($50.00 discount applies before 8/31/2017)
Vendor
Idaho Society of CPAs
Location
Boise [map], Micron Business & Economic Building
Speaker
Thomas G. Stephens Jr (K2 Enterprises)
Designed For
  • Accounting & financial professionals seeking to improve their knowledge of technology & the return on their investment in technology

    Take this 10 question quiz to see if this conference is right for you!

  • Description

    What’s next for big tech advances? As technology continues to evolve, so too must our business practices. Failing to capitalize on new ways and techniques for completing tasks mean that we may be leaving tremendous amounts of productivity on the table. Further, not matching our business processes to today’s technologies can jeopardize the security of sensitive information. In both of these cases, the end result is that our organizations are not as competitive as they can and should be.

    Don’t get left behind! Join us for this day and a half conference to examine how you can take full advantage of today’s technologies to advance your business practices, processes, and workflows so that you and your team are working at peak efficiency.

    Technology...There’s always something new on the horizon...

    Highlights

    Day 1 - September 21 - Keep Your Edge

    A New Day, A New Technology Way

    As technology continues to evolve, so too must our business practices. Failing to capitalize on new ways and techniques for completing tasks mean that we may be leaving tremendous amounts of productivity on the table. Further, not matching our business processes to today’s technologies can jeopardize the security of sensitive information. In both of these cases, the end result is that our organizations are not as competitive as they can and should be. Don’t get left behind! Join us for this session to examine how you can take full advantage of today’s technologies to advance your business practices, processes, and workflows so that you and your team are working at peak efficiency.

    Best Technologies For Small Businesses

    Small businesses face unique challenges when attempting to implement technology. Is the Cloud the right place to do business? What about licensing issues? Should I upgrade my hardware and software? How much is all of this going to cost? Each of these questions – and many more - has likely been asked countless times in small business environments regarding technology. In this session, you will get the answers you need to make better technology decisions for your small business. Join us in this session to gain a unique perspective on the best technologies for small businesses.

    Should your next computer even be a computer?

    With ever-increasing power built into tablets, convertibles, and smartphones, do you really need a desktop or laptop computer anymore? If you could run all of your applications and services from a mobile device that is connected to a full-size monitor and keyboard, would this cause you to re-think future computer purchases? Across the spectrum of major mobile operating systems – Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile – it is becoming increasingly possible to operate exclusively from a single mobile device and, in this session, you will learn just how practical it may be for you to do precisely that. If you are trying to simplify your technology footprint, join us in this session to learn whether you really need, yet, another new computer.

    Fraud In The Cloud - New Risks In A New Environment

    Cloud-based applications have changed the way we work, play, and access information. The benefits and risks associated with software-as-a-service (SaaS) and hosted applications are very different than traditional on-premise information technology. Some traditional items used in an on-premises forensic investigation, like the transaction audit trail, user access logs, and computer access logs, are often difficult to obtain for Cloud solutions, and may even be unavailable by the time you or your client suspect a crime. In this session, you will learn about some of the new risks associated with Cloud solutions as well as some techniques which can be used to limit these risks.

    Day 2 - September 22 - Idaho's Tech Talent

    8:00 - 8:30 am - Idaho's Cyber Security Task Force Update – Idaho Lt. Governor Brad Little

    Hear how the state is dealing with technological threats facing us all — from cyberterrorist attacks to criminals using ‘ransomware’ hacks.

    8:45am - Noon - Cyber Security for Small to Mid-Sized Organizations

    Research and industry experts predict that small to mid-sized organizations will become one of the next big targets for hackers and cyber criminals. Leaders in these organizations recognize that the sustainability of their business is dependent upon protecting the personal and confidential information with which they are entrusted. These leaders also realize that it’s difficult to know where to start, what direction to go, and how to get there. Join us to explore a new risk-based approach to IT security program management which has been developed specifically for small to mid-sized organizations. Participants will come away with guidance and direction to begin the process of understanding and managing their cyber security risks.

    Objectives

    Day 1 - September 21 - Keep Your Edge

    Tech Update 2017

    Upon completing this session, you should be able to:

    • Identify fundamental and critical technology solutions;
    • Differentiate key technology categories;
    • List technology that can solve problems for you; and
    • Implement appropriate and current technologies using guidance from this session.

    Should your next computer even be a computer?

    Upon completing this session, you should be able to:

    • Identify the necessary features in a mobile device so that it can serve as a computer replacement and distinguish between market-leading mobile devices;
    • Utilize Cloud-based data storage and synchronization tools when operating solely from a mobile device;
    • List and implement necessary security features and tools if operating exclusively from a mobile device; and
    • Implement potential solutions to common issues when using a mobile device in lieu of a computer.

    Best Technologies For Small Businesses

    Upon completing this session, you should be able to:

    • List key solutions applicable to your organization;
    • Recognize key technologies to use or avoid;
    • Identify the impact of Cloud and mobile technologies on small businesses; and
    • Define “The Internet of Things” and its relevance to small businesses.

    Fraud In The Cloud - New Risks In A New Environment

    Upon completing this session, you should be able to:

    • Define phishing and explain how it is used to gain access to systems and data;
    • Identify at least two of the data breaches covered in the materials and list at least one control which could have mitigated or prevented the data loss in the breach; and
    • List and explain at least three significant issues associated with a Cloud-based fraud investigation
    Prerequisites
  • None
  • Advanced Prep.
  • Download PDF manual (unless you purchased a printed version)
  • Test your electronic device for compatibility with the pdf manual
  • If making lodging arrangements with our partner hotel, the Riverside, call 208.331.4910 and ask for the  "Idaho Society of CPAs Corporate Rate" = $109
  • Additional Info.

    • Times listed are MST
    • Online registration closes 2 business days prior to seminar
    • You may opt to receive a printed copy of the manual for this seminar for an additional $20

    • Riverside Hotel
    • 2900 Chinden, Boise
    • Phone: 208.343.1871
    • Ask for "Idaho Society of CPAs Corporate Rate" = $109

  • This live group seminar will be offered as a webinar to those individuals OUTSIDE of the Treasure Valley - we need those inside the Treasure Valley to attend in person to ensure the seminar will be held

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