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Many CPAs are called upon to help manage the technology budget in their organization, but the sheer number of concepts, terms, and acronyms associated with your company's technology function make it difficult for non-engineers to fully participate in the discussion. This session will cover major concepts and terms surrounding networking, security, and authentication, and will help you put them in context so you can make better technology decisions for your company. Attend this session and learn more about the technology concepts in every organization so you can be a better leader.
• Define and explain at a very high level the purpose of major technology terms and acronyms such as TCP/IP, DNS, DHCP, SMB, POP, IMAP, SMTP, SSL, VLANs, virtual machines, containers, and TLS
• List the three major categories of authentication and give an example of each
• Differentiate between servers, workstations, and thin clients, and between public clouds and private clouds
• Identify the difference between an IP address and a port and give an example of how each would be used to access a resource
• TCP/IP, DNS, DHCP, SMB, POP, IMAP, SMTP, SSL, VLANs, virtual machines, containers, and TLS
• Servers, workstations, and thin clients, and between public clouds and private clouds
• IP address and a port
Fundamental knowledge of basic technological concepts
Business professionals who are seeking to enhance the security surrounding both personal and organizational data
Thomas G. Stephens, Jr. received a bachelor of business administration (accounting) from Auburn University in 1985. Upon graduation, Stephens began working for an Atlanta-based public accounting firm. After earning his designation as a CPA, Stephens worked for BellSouth Corporation in Atlanta as an internal auditor. After two years as an auditor, he was promoted to staff manager and then operations manager of the internal audit group. In 1991, he transferred to the comptrollers’ department of BellSouth and served as manager of the cost accounting organization. While working full-time at BellSouth Corporation, Stephens also attended graduate school, earning a master’s degree in finance from Georgia State University in 1992.
Stephens left BellSouth in 1994 and opened his public accounting practice in the metropolitan Atlanta area. In his practice, Stephens provided accounting, tax, and consulting services to individuals and a wide variety of small and emerging businesses. As part of his practice, he developed a successful consulting practice providing installation and support services of small business accounting software. Additionally, he began authoring and presenting continuing professional education (CPE) courses to accounting and finance professionals. In 2003, Stephens affiliated with K2 Enterprises and in 2007 he joined the firm as a partner. To date, he has lectured nationally on subjects such as internal controls for small businesses, technology strategies, computer hardware and software applications, tax strategies and compliance, and financial accounting standards and applications. Over the past 19 years, Stephens has presented in excess of 1,800 educational sessions to over 55,000 participants nationwide.
Stephens resides in Woodstock, Georgia where, in addition to his association with K2 Enterprises, he provides consulting services to small businesses and CPA firms. In addition to an active professional career, he enjoys an active personal life as well. His hobbies include snow skiing, fishing, and running. Additionally, he maintains professional memberships with the AICPA and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and is a past member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.