Cloud Systems - Is My Data Safe and Secure?

Accounting applications


Cloud Systems - Is My Data Safe and Secure?

Speaker: John Higgins, CPA, CITP

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  • Level


  • Duration

    1 hour

Learn the key steps that you should take when performing the appropriate due diligence review of any cloud application.

Learning outcomes

  • Evaluate the security controls of a cloud application provider
  • Understand key cloud security concepts
  • Separate from a cloud services provider
  • Analyse SOC (Statement of Controls) reports in compliance with SSAE 16
  • Understand the nature of the Service Level Agreement (SLA)

£35.00 (CIMA members only)


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Product information


‘Is it secure?’ That is one of the top questions asked by CEOs, CFOs, and other key decision-makers about cloud-based software applications.

There is no simple answer, rather you and your organisation need to invest in conducting due diligence on any product prior to making a purchase to make sure you are satisfied with the integrity of the service provider and the security of your data.

This course will focus on the key steps that you should take when performing the appropriate due diligence review of any cloud application.

Topics discussed:

  • What data security measures to look for in a cloud application

  • Understanding the data backup and recovery policies and procedures

  • Evaluating the internal controls in place with SOC (Statement of Controls) reports

  • Understanding the role of data encryption

  • Understanding the service provider's Terms & Conditions

    This is an online, audio course; it is also available as part of CGMA Essentials. You will have 12 months from date of purchase to access this course, making it easy to fit around your work and personal commitments.

Who should take this course?

  • Anyone working for or with an organisation considering using a cloud application

Professional development

All learning resources available in the CGMA Store qualify for CPD for CIMA members.

Field of study: Specialised knowledge & applications
Programme level:Basic
Duration:1 hour
Access:This is a digital product. You will have access to the content for a year after purchase date.

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£35.00 (CIMA members only)


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  • John Higgins, CPA, CITP

    John serves as a strategic adviser to CPAs and the CPA profession in all aspects of leveraging technology. He has authored and presented CPE programs for thousands of CPAs over the past 25 years on technology and practice management issues. John is a pioneer in the development and delivery of web based CPE programs. He has presented “live” web CPE events for groups as large as 600+ participants, as well as many small groups. John assisted the Michigan Association of CPAs as an adviser in the development of their web based CPE model.

    John’s primary qualification is his passion for helping CPAs achieve greater success by leveraging technology. He has extensive knowledge and experience working with CPAs throughout the country. John resides in Rochester, Michigan with his wife Karen and their two children.

    Qualifications and Experience:

    • Actively involved in working with local, regional and national CPA firms over the past 25 years.
    • Facilitated hundreds of planning sessions and retreats to develop strategic plans, technology plans, paperless work flow design, innovative client services and more.
    • Nationally recognized speaker and author on technology issues impacting the CPA profession.
    • Monthly host of Document Management to Go (DMS2Go) pod cast sponsored by CPA Technology magazine.
    • Former national consulting partner with a top 10 CPA firm.
    • Former CEO of technology training & consulting firm.
    • Member of the AICPA Business & Industry Hall of Fame.
    • Past Chair of the Michigan Association of CPAs.
    • Past member of the AICPA Council and CPE Advisory Committee.
    • MACPA Innovative User of Technology award.


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