Protecting Against Emerging Cyber Risks (Online Self-Study)



CPE Credit: 2
Course Level: Overview
Prerequisite: Basic familiarity with computer technology and associated fraud threats


The rapid and ongoing expansion of technology in the modern business environment has simultaneously empowered and complicated the efforts of fraud examiners around the world.

In this course, you will discover emerging technological trends and their potential impacts, both negative and positive, on the investigative process. 

Key Takeaways:

Tips for creating data security policies

Sources of cyber risks

Insights on emerging technological fraud schemes

Measures for reducing exposure to malware

Recommendations for mitigating Internet of Things (IoT) security and privacy concerns

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Table of Contents:

Part I: Legal Elements of Fraud Claims

Lesson 1: The Emerging Fraud Ecosystem

Lesson 2: Sources of Cyber Risks

Lesson 3: Malware-Related Threats

Lesson 4: Bring Your Own Device

Lesson 5: Securing the Cloud

Lesson 6: Shadow IT

Lesson 7: Social Media

Lesson 8: The Deep Web

Lesson 9: Virtual Currencies

Lesson 10: The Internet of Things

CPE Information:

You Will Learn How To:

Recognize the impact of emerging technological trends, such as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), the cloud and the Internet of Things

Ascertain the consequences of developing cyber threats, including ransomware and DDoS attacks

Choose the appropriate actions needed to protect systems from emerging threats

Recognize emerging technological fraud schemes

Determine factors that contribute to rising fraud schemes, such as the Deep Web and anonymous payment methods

Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

Last updated: June 2016

Please note: To be eligible for CPE credit, you must complete the final exam within one year of purchase date. You may only claim CPE credit for a course once.

ACFE online self-study courses feature:

24/7 access to courses through your Internet browser
Save time and quickly earn CPE credits with instant access, grading and printable certificate
The flexibility to start or stop a course and pick-up right where you left off
No additional shipping fees

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System requirements:

Internet access: High-speed connection recommended

Free Adobe Flash Player

Speakers required for video sound

Online Self-Study Troubleshooting Guide:

Problem: When I attempt to access my courses from “My Online Learning,” the course never launches, or I receive an error message saying my pop-up blocker needs to be turned off.

Solution: Your web browser must be configured to allow pop-ups in order to access ACFE Self-Study courses. Your browser may prompt you to allow pop-ups, or you may have to allow them manually. You may either allow them for all sites, or allow them just for the current site.

For information on how to manage your pop-up blocker settings in a specific browser, click the link below that corresponds to the browser you are using:

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Also note that many toolbars, such as the Google Toolbar and Yahoo! include pop-up blockers as well. If you have one or more toolbars installed on your browser with built-in pop-up blockers, you must configure them to allow pop-ups.

Problem: When I click on a course from “My Online Learning,” I am presented with a login page, but my username and password won’t allow me to log in.

Solution: You do not have to log in a second time to access your online self-study. You most likely reached the login page because you clicked the link labeled “Click Here” as shown below:

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Do not click that link; instead, allow your browser to automatically open the eLearning window on its own, which should happen after a few seconds. This will log you in automatically so that you can access your online courses.

Problem: I receive the following error when I try to load a different lesson with a course:

SS Online API Error

Solution: This occurs in Internet Explorer when trying to load a different lesson without closing the current lesson. This error can be avoided two different ways:

Always close the current lesson before going to another one. Always click the Close Window button (usually the red “X” in the upper right corner) of the current lesson before clicking on another lesson.

Use a different browser. This error seems to only occur in Internet Explorer, so using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome should resolve the issue (see below for links to download either of these browsers).

Other Troubleshooting Tips: If you encounter other errors, such as courses freezing or crashing, we recommend taking the following action:

Try a different browser. ACFE online self-study courses are designed to run on all modern web browsers, but if you encounter a problem that is not solved using one of the suggestions above, you can try using a different web browser to see if it eliminates the problem. We have most frequently seen where using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome has resolved an issue that was seen in Internet Explorer.

Mozilla Firefox can be downloaded here
Google Chrome can be downloaded here

Make sure you are running the latest version of Flash. Go to to see what version of Flash you are running, and then compare that to the table on that page to see what the latest version is for your operating system/browser combination. If you are not running the newest version, you should upgrade and see if that resolves the problem.