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ACPEN Signature: 2022 A CPA’s Guide to Living With the New CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification) and Crypto Currency

Total Credits: 8 including 6 Accounting - Technical, 1 Auditing- Technical, 1 Taxes - Technical

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ACPEN Signature |  Accounting and Auditing |  Tax
Vijay D’Souza, CISSP, CEH |  Tommy Baril |  Harrison Lee |  Regan Edens |  Tom Wollard |  Vincent M. Walden, CPA, CFE |  Prof. Keith Laska |  C. Clinton Davis, CPA, JD |  Camelia Lopez |  Derek Kleinmann
Course Levels:
8 Hours



Note:  This 8 Hour course is comprised of 2- 4 Hour sessions,  Living With the New CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification) and A CPA’s Guide to Crypto Currency.

Living With the New CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification)

Cyber threats have impacted every aspect of our corporate and personal lives in the past few years. These threats can cause loss of sensitive information, disruption of operations, and significant—sometimes catastrophic—financial impacts. IBM reported in 2021 that the average cost of each data breach for an organization was over $4 million. In addition to financial gain, malicious cyber actors also seek access to sensitive information to provide to our competitors and our nation’s adversaries. The SolarWinds breach highlighted vulnerabilities in vendor processes that can be used to enter sensitive networks and exfiltrate information.
To better address these cyber risks, the Department of Defense (DOD) is establishing the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). This certification will be required for most DOD vendors as well as their subcontractors. CMMC is also being cited as a model for use by other federal agencies and the private sector to better secure their vendors and supply chains against cyber risks.

Our presenters will provide perspectives on issues and challenges related to the CMMC process and provide tools and resources to help you understand how to plan for and respond to CMMC requirements. This information will enable you to improve the cybersecurity of your own organization as well as the cybersecurity of your vendors, customers, and clients.

A CPA’s Guide to Crypto Currency

Crypto currency is likely here to stay. Businesses and consumers across the globe are quickly adopting cryptocurrencies in day-to-day transactions. And many organizations, and their accountants, are scrambling to catch up with this evolving technological innovation. In this course, we will explore the world of crypto currency from an accountant’s perspective to understand the various forms, risks, accounting treatments and enforcement trends. As adoption continues, it’s critically important that accounting professionals understand this new medium of currency and what responsible adoption looks like for the companies, large and small, that they serve.

ACPEN has assembled a panel of expert accounting professionals, regulators and technologists, as well as experienced representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Securities and Exchange Commission, that will include the perspective of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who can explain what the new currency is and what the accounting, auditing and risk assessments that should be made when dealing with this new form of wealth. The panel will, of course answer your questions as well.

Basic Course Information

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the current and planned requirements for CMMC, the relationship between CMMC and other compliance requirements, and the three certification levels
  • Learn how to implement CMMC and understand third-party assessment
  • Have knowledge of the types of entities that may be subject to CMMC requirements and the resources available to assist in meeting those requirements
  • Understand steps that your organization (or your clients) can take now or may in the future be required to take to address CMMC
  • Create awareness of potential expansion of the CMMC requirements
  • Define and learn the history of cryptocurrencies, explain various forms and how crypto is traded
  • Differentiate between Fiat vs non-fiat currency
  • Knowledge of balance sheet considerations such as where does crypto sit, fraud risks, and regulatory enforcement trends
  • Create awareness of Legislative discussions about formal Federal regulation.
  • Explain how to comply with the IRS and advice CPAs can give their business clients

Major Subjects
  • The current and planned requirements for CMMC
  • The relationship between CMMC and other compliance requirements
  • The two components of CMMC: implementation and third-party assessment
  • Types of entities that may be subject to CMMC requirements and the types of organizations available to assist in meeting those requirements
  • Steps that your organization (or your clients) can take now or may in the future be required to take to address CMMC
  • Potential expansion of CMMC-type requirements beyond the defense industrial base
  • History of cryptocurrencies
  • Forms of Cryptocurrency
  • Trading Crypto How To
  • Fiat vs non-fiat currency
  • Balance sheet considerations
  • Fraud risks and regulatory enforcement trends.
  • Legislative Update
  • Advising Clients on Crypto

Course Materials


Vijay D’Souza, CISSP, CEH's Profile

Vijay D’Souza, CISSP, CEH Related Seminars and Products

Vijay A. D’Souza, CISSP, CEH, is a partner with Cotton & Company specializing in cybersecurity assurance and advisory efforts. He is leading Cotton’s efforts related to the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification.  Prior to joining the firm in 2021, Mr. D’Souza spent 20 years with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), where he led a diverse set of audits and reviews of government cybersecurity and information technology issues. His recent work included efforts related to ransomware, DOD cybersecurity, the SolarWinds breach, use of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework, and IT modernization efforts at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). He has testified before Congress several times and appeared in national and local media as an expert in cybersecurity issues.

Mr. D’Souza also led GAO’s Center for Enhanced Cybersecurity, which provides advanced technical support for GAO’s cybersecurity audits. He previously led GAO’s data analytics activities, as well as served as a Director in GAO’s Health Care Team.
Mr. D’Souza has an MBA from the University of California Berkeley and a BS in Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park.

Tommy Baril Related Seminars and Products

Assistant Director- Defense Capabilities and Management

Government Accountability Office

Tommy is an Assistant Director with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)’s Defense Capabilities and Management team.  In this capacity, he oversees multiple GAO teams that conduct non-partisan, fact-based, and objective assessments of national security matters. 

He currently focuses on Strategic Warfare and Intelligence topics – including military cyberspace operations against adversaries, cybersecurity, continuity of operations, insider threats, information operations, and electromagnetic spectrum operations. Tommy has also overseen bodies of work assessing NORAD’s operations to protect the United States, DOD’s response to national disasters within the United States, and the protection of U.S. forces stationed overseas.  

Since joining GAO, Tommy has briefed members of Congress, meets regularly with Congressional staffers, and engages with DOD leaders and officials. As a result of his teams’ assessments, Congress has written numerous provisions into law and DOD and other agencies have taken action to improve management and operational matters. 

Closer to home, Tommy serves on several boards for the City of Allen, a Scout leader, citizen emergency response teams, and Texas A&M University Association of Former Students leadership board.
Tommy graduated from Texas A&M University and lives in Allen, Texas, with his wife and children.

Harrison Lee's Profile

Harrison Lee Related Seminars and Products

Harrison Lee joined Cotton & Company in January 2009 as an Information Assurance (IA) staff auditor and was elected a partner with the firm’s Advisory group in January 2020. He has experience in managing Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) audits and reviews, financial statement audits, performance audits, and IT consulting engagements for multiple federal clients. Mr. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology from Virginia Tech, and is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified Information Systems Manager, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, and Project Management Professional. In 2018, Mr. Lee led FISMA support work for the United States Agency for International Development, where his team assisted the Chief Information Officer in becoming one of only five Chief Financial Officers Act agencies to achieve an Office of Inspector General FISMA rating of “Managed and Measurable,” which equates to an overall effective security program. He is also an active member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association and the International Information System Security Certification Consortium.

Regan Edens's Profile

Regan Edens Related Seminars and Products

Chief Transformation & Compliance Officer and Co-Founder

DTC Global

Regan Edens serves as the Chief Transformation & Compliance Officer and Co-Founder of DTC Global. DTC Global provides digital transformation and compliance for large defense contractor supply chain ecosystems, which includes small and mid-size businesses and their tier suppliers. Mr. Edens is a subject matter expert regarding technology, security, and transformation challenges on the “path to compliance” for Controlled Unclassified Information and DFARS 7012, NIST, and CMMC requirements including Export Controlled information (ITAR/EAR). DTC Global is a premier boutique advisory firm.

Mr. Edens served as a founding Director for the CMMC Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB), Chairman of the Standards Management Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Training Committee. The CMMC-AB organization was chartered by DoD and launched in January of 2020 to lead and manage the complex process of establishing the certification ecosystem impacted by DFARS/CMMC requirements.
Mr. Edens represented the CMMC-AB in the Federal CUI Stakeholder’s Working Group, and led the CMMC Industry Working Group which contributed over 17,000 volunteer hours to the CMMC-AB resulting in the award of 20 Gold and 1 Lifetime Presidential Volunteer Service medals.  The purpose of Standards Management Committee was to provide clarity, consistency, and communication to the Defense Supply Chain regarding CMMC standards and DFARS requirements. He was one of four acting CMMC Certified Master Instructors for the Accreditation Body in training their Provisional Assessors.
Mr. Edens currently serves as a founding member of the CMMC Standards Council (CSC) which is an industry cooperative formed to develop a safe harbor to address risk by providing trustworthy resources and experience to help Organizations Seeking Certification (OSC) meet and sustain requirements for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), DFARS, and other related CUI requirements.

Mr. Edens has served across various public and private capacities leading highly complex and demanding defense technology-driven operations, security, and intelligence activities. Mr. Edens has led digital transformation through implementation, operationalization, and horizontal/vertical integration of over $4.5B in technology platform systems. 
Mr. Edens led high performing organizations within the Special Operations and Intelligence Communities during multiple global deployments including Afghanistan and Iraq as a Senior DoD Intelligence Civilian, DoD contractor, and a US Army, active duty, Commissioned Officer. Under his leadership, activities were awarded 4 Defense Superior Civilian Service Awards (3rd highest award to a DoD Civilian) in 2012; 14 Bronze Stars, 12 Army Commendation Medals, and 6 Army Achievement Medals, in 2002, and other various agency commendations.

Tom Wollard's Profile

Tom Wollard Related Seminars and Products

Tom Wollard is the Senior Technical Program Manager on AWS’s CMMC Go-To-Market team.  Before coming to AWS, Tom spent 15 years as the director of Federal / DoD cybersecurity compliance for a SaaS Cloud Service Provider.  Tom has a JD from Rutgers Law School and is a retired USMC Aviator.

Vincent M. Walden, CPA, CFE's Profile

Vincent M. Walden, CPA, CFE Related Seminars and Products


Kona AI

Vincent Walden, CPA, CFE, is CEO of KonaAI, specializing in forensic data analytics, continuous controls monitoring, anti-bribery & corruption analytics and compliance. His primary area of concentration is in providing leading technology and perspectives on both proactive compliance programs and reactive investigations and is 2022’s CFE of the Year by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Prior to leading KonaAI as their CEO, he was a managing director at Alvarez & Marsal, and a partner at Ernst & Young’s Forensic & Integrity Services Practice in Dallas, New York and Atlanta. Before EY, he worked at KPMG and Arthur Andersen. During his career, he also served as President and CFO of a privately-funded Internet company, which was subsequently sold to a Fortune 500 Company.

As an industry thought leader, Mr. Walden sits on Compliance Week’s Advisory Board and is featured in many publications including Internal Auditor Magazine, Compliance Week, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review and The Economist. He is a regular columnist for FRAUD Magazine and writes about anti-fraud innovation. As part of COSO’s Anti-Fraud Task Force, Mr. Walden co-authored its “Fraud Risk Management Guide”, which was released in September 2016 and is being updated in 2022. He also hosts a bi-weekly podcast show, “The Walden Pond”, which focuses on compliance innovation and is an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School teaching on compliance technology & innovation.

Prof. Keith Laska's Profile

Prof. Keith Laska Related Seminars and Products

A Connecticut native, Keith Laska has been a technology pioneer and entrepreneur for over 20 years, and has worked and lived across North America, Europe and Asia. Graduating with a degree in French and Political Science from College of the Holy Cross, Keith started his career as an Instructor at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. He subsequently worked at TransPerfect in New York before joining SDL (LSE:SDL), where he spent 12 years, seven of those in the UK, building out the language technology division. Keith founded EUXmedia, which develops impactful Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) content for grades K-8. He is a strategic advisor to Redpoint, Sequoia and Intel-backed Lilt (, and is a Board Observer with cryptocurrency startup Uptick ( Keith is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Fordham Law School ( instructing on Bitcoin, Blockchain and Crypto Regulation, and is an Operating Partner with Indianapolis-based venture studio High Alpha (,where he focuses on building and investing in Web3 and Crypto companies.

C. Clinton Davis, CPA, JD's Profile

C. Clinton Davis, CPA, JD Related Seminars and Products

Krage & Janvey, L.L.P.

C. Clinton Davis JR, is with the law firm of Krage & Janvey, LLP in downtown Dallas.  He graduated cum laude from the SMU Dedman School of Law in 1980 and first in his graduating class from Northwestern State University of Louisiana in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  He was first licensed in Florida as an attorney in 1980 and then in Texas in 1982.  He has been a licensed CPA in Texas since 1980.  He has been Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1988.  He has been named as a Super Lawyer, a Top Attorney in Texas by Texas Monthly, one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine and a Top Rated Lawyer by the Dallas Morning News, all in the tax area. 

Clint has in the past been an author and discussion leader for numerous CPE courses for the Texas Society of CPAs. Clint also speaks before various bar associations and accounting conferences. and is a frequent presenter and moderator on the Accountants’ Continuing Professional Education Network.

Clint primarily represents high net worth individuals and closely held businesses with much of his time devoted to real estate tax planning, implementation of S corporation ESOPs, mergers and acquisitions and private foundations.


Camelia Lopez's Profile

Camelia Lopez Related Seminars and Products

Camelia Lopez has served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas in Plano since March 2009 and is a specialist in National Security and Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property.  Camelia has served as Senior Counselor to the United States Attorney, district coordinator for Elder Fraud and Money Mule Initiatives, Senior Litigation Counsel, and Deputy Criminal Chief managing the district’s busiest office in Plano. Camelia manages a full docket of cases involving transnational fraud, economic espionage, cyber intrusion, fraud, money laundering, export control, and terrorism.  

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Camelia was an Assistant District Attorney for Dallas County for 6 years prosecuting white-collar crimes.  She received her Juris Doctor from American University’s Washington College of Law, Washington, DC, in 2002, and graduated from SMU in 1999 with a BBA in Finance and minors in Economics and Latin American Studies.  

Camelia is a frequent speaker on topics relating to cybercrime, economic espionage, elder fraud, and working with law enforcement.  

Derek Kleinmann's Profile

Derek Kleinmann Related Seminars and Products

Derek Kleinmann is an Enforcement Attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), and has worked in their Fort Worth Regional Office since 2019. Prior to joining the SEC, Mr. Kleinmann spent 10 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), most recently as the Senior Supervisory Resident Agent in the FBI’s Fort Worth office. During his tenure with the FBI, he served in multiple offices and at FBI Headquarters where he was a Supervisory Special Agent and Acting Unit Chief in the FBI’s Economic Crimes Unit. In addition, Mr. Kleinmann was detailed to the SEC’s Headquarters where coordinated parallel SEC and FBI investigations throughout the United States.  Previously, Mr. Kleinmann was also detailed as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and was a member of the FBI’s Corporate Fraud Response Team. Mr. Kleinmann received an undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas, and his JD/MBA from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Before entering public service Mr. Kleinmann was an Associate Managing Director for a publicly traded financial institution.

Additional Info

Basic Course Information

Prerequisites None
Advanced Preparation None
Designed For

Accountability professionals working with government contractors, CPAs with government contractor clients and CPAs interested in learning how to add CMMC advisory and assurance services as new practice offerings 

Original Recording Date


Yellow Book No
Course Developer Business Professionals' Network (ACPEN)
Date Added to Catalog 02/08/2022

Additional Information

Complaint Resolution Policy Please contact Anne Taylor for any complaints. 
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