10 Common External Threats to Your Organization

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2 Credits


In this self-study course, you will learn about 10 common external threats to organizations, helping you to better protect your organization from becoming a victim. Common external threats covered include: ransomware, tech support and chargeback frauds, phony invoice and advance-fee schemes, business email compromise and more. 

Key Takeaways: 

  • Introductions and definitions for 10 key external threats
  • Examples, types, variations and illustrations of these threats
  • Tips for preventing and responding to external threats



You Will Learn How To:

Identify and compare common external fraud schemes

Recognize red flags of common external fraud schemes

Recall best practices for preventing and defeating common external fraud schemes

Table of Contents

Lesson 1 Ransomware
Lesson 2 Tech Support Fraud
Lesson 3 Chargeback Fraud
Lesson 4 Business Email Compromise
Lesson 5 Overpayment Scams
Lesson 6 Vanity Award Scams
Lesson 7 Phony Invoice Schemes
Lesson 9 Advance-Fee Schemes
Lesson 9 Business Identity Theft
Lesson 10 SEO Scams

CPE Information

CPE Credit: 2
NASBA Information: Auditing
Advanced Preparation: None
Last Updated: December 2023
Delivery Method: QAS Self-Study


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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.

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System Requirements:

  • Internet access: High-speed connection recommended
  • Speakers required for video sound

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