Information Security: Malware Trends and Mitigation Strategies


The malware and cybersecurity landscapes are constantly shifting in response to the actions of one another. On one side, cybersecurity experts are identifying, analyzing, and patching new forms of malware as consistently as possible so they can be detected by antivirus software and purged from infected systems before they can cause harm to their potential victims. On the other side, malware creators and cybercriminal organizations are constantly creating new malware and altering old malware to circumvent cybersecurity efforts and continue to infect as many computers as possible for a variety of purposes.

This course covers the overarching concepts that make up the current information security landscape, the different types of malware that can infect a computer system, and the different techniques used to conduct both phishing attacks and identity theft. This course will also identify the malware trends and best practices for dealing with it.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • identify the importance of information security for CPAs and Tax Practitioners
  • identify the different types of malware that can infect computer systems
  • define the term "Phishing" and recognize how phishing occurs
  • define the term "Identify Theft" and recognize how identify theft most commonly occurs
  • identify the major malware events that have occurred in recent years
  • identify the operating processes and mitigation techniques for the most commonly seen malware programs of the current year

Designed For

CPAs, EAs, and other tax and financial professionals
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