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You may think of bitcoin as just another investment currency, but its underlying technology has much wider implications. Since its 2009 inception, blockchain threatens to upend the accounting profession by offering unprecedented reliability and transparency to standard transactions. Blockchain adoption is growing steadily among multinational organizations and is now poised to revolutionize the entire financial industry. In this four-hour morning course, you will learn the history behind blockchain technology and its major components, how blockchain challenges the accounting status quo, and how to handle issues surrounding auditing and assurance in the blockchain era.

Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Explain the background and origin of blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT)
  • Identify the key components of blockchain technology in distributed transactions and smart contracts
  • Describe how blockchain technology could impact accounting and financial professions
  • Address the challenges presented by auditing and assurance to an organization's adoption of blockchain technology

Highlights

  • Bitcoin
  • Elysium
  • Hyper ledger
  • DLT
  • Smart contract

Who Will Benefit

All staff responsible for the accounting and finance functions within an organization that may leverage blockchain technology.

Credits

Category Amount
Auditing 2.00
Information Technology 2.00

Leaders

  • Tom Gancarski

    Tom Gancarski is a consultant at a cybersecurity-focused CPA firm, where he specializes in data privacy, risk management, and security compliance engagements relating to SOC 2, GDPR, HITRUST, Privacy Shield, and similar regulations/frameworks. Prior roles include regulatory compliance and risk management positions at Deutsche Bank, HSBC, and BNY Mellon. He also worked as an auditor at a regional consulting firm.

    Tom has spoken at cybersecurity events and seminars for CPA and CISO audiences on multiple topics including security frameworks, privacy, governance, and vendor risk management. He holds CPA licenses in Indiana and Alaska and is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts. Tom is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional/ Europe (CIPP/E), and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

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