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Digital Decoded - managing cybersecurity, blockchain and cryptocurrency

AAT Masterclass

Be aware about cybersecurity within your organisation and understand the impact of blockchain on transactions.


Course Type

Video on demand


1 - 3 hours

What you’ll achieve

By attending this series of events, you’ll acquire practical skills to position yourself as a tech-savvy accountant or bookkeeper ready to meet the demands of a challenging digital era. The event will focus on a number of areas, including automation, data visualisation, cyber security, blockchain, and AI, as well as helping you understand your digital tools options with practical demonstrations.

In this series of digital decoded masterclasses, we delve into the realm of digital tools and technologies shaping the future of accounting. Our expert-led sessions will equip you with essential skills in data visualisation, automation, cyber security, and blockchain, as well as look at the role of artificial intelligence (AI).

Our Digital Decoded series will take you through four key areas you need to become experts in to enhance your role as a finance professional. It features four insightful masterclasses, designed to give you a practical understanding of how you can utilise digital skills to add value, maximise profits, and advance your career.

You can purchase this course on its own or discounted as part of the Digital Decoded bundle.

Who it's for

This series of events is designed for all finance professionals, as now more than ever, it’s vital to have a practical understanding of digital skills to add value, maximise profits, and career-critical. At the end of this series, you’ll develop a thorough understanding of the digital skills you need and increase your knowledge on applying new tech to your business, identify the trends affecting the industry now, increase efficiency, and optimise your or your business's performance.

Meet the Speaker(s)

David Culley

David Culley

David Culley

David Culley has a passion for professional education and development.

For 18 years he has enjoyed supporting people with their professional qualifications and continuing professional development by designing teaching programmes, authoring bespoke materials and providing interactive training face-to-face and online.

David’s technical expertise in financial management, business strategy and technology is founded on his fellowships of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Institute of Leadership & Management. This expertise is enhanced by his career as a business leader and continues to be nourished by research into how these fields are evolving in the modern business environment.

David’s current research areas include big data, Artificial Intelligence and the future of the accountancy profession. He recently published a report into the impact of digital technology on accountants and finance professionals: People Will Be The Next Big Thing.  

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Video on demand

1 - 3 hours



As an accountant and finance professional you need to be fully aware about cybersecurity within your organisation and understand the impact of blockchain on transactions. This highly targeted session requires no prior knowledge in this area, and it’ll help you identify the risks and opportunities involved and equip you with the practical skills to address them.

This session will enable you to:

  • understand the difficulties of creating a digital currency and how blockchain addresses that challenge
  • identify practical applications of blockchain and cryptocurrency technology
  • consider cybersecurity risks and their impact on organisations
  • explore a range of controls to manage cybersecurity risks within an organisation.


  • the objectives – what are we trying to do when setting a cybersecurity agenda? 
  • the risks – what are the cybersecurity risks I need to consider for my organisation (and it’s not just hackers) 
  • the impact of risks – what happens if a cybersecurity risk materialises? 
  • they controls – what practical controls can be implemented to protect you and your organisation? 
  • cybersecurity today – practical examples of the latest cybersecurity events.


  • the challenge of creating a digital currency – what are the issues with the current banking system that digital currencies are trying to address? 
  • other uses of blockchain – blockchain technology is used for everything from tracking cattle to establishing ownership of priceless works of art.


  • blockchain as an enabler of cryptocurrency – what exactly is blockchain and how does it enable cryptocurrencies?
  • the practical side of cryptocurrencies – exploring bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies, including some practical red flags to be aware of.

By attending this session, you’ll achieve:

  • a better understanding of blockchain – what it is and why it’s so important for accountants
  • and learn through practical examples of the risks associated with blockchain and how those risks can be managed 
  • an increased awareness of the latest cybersecurity threats facing organisations and individuals 
  • and learn from examples of practical steps that can be taken to improve your organisation’s (and your own) cybersecurity.

How to access

Once purchased you'll be able to access the AAT Learning Portal where you'll have 12 months from the date to access the learning materials. AAT Learning Portal allows you to view all the courses you've purchased in one place, monitor your latest training activity and create goals to help you achieve your training aims.

Meet the sponsor: Xero

Xero makes invoicing and accounting quick and easy. Join this digital showcase to find out how Xero software can help provide a digital solution to your accounting needs.

Xero is a cloud-based accounting software platform for small businesses has 3.5 million subscribers globally. Through Xero, small business owners and their advisors have access to real-time financial data anytime, anywhere and on any device.

Xero offers an ecosystem of over 1,000 third-party apps and 300 plus connections to banks and other financial partners.  In 2020 Xero was recognised by IDC MarketScape as a leader in its worldwide SaaS and cloud-enabled small business finance and accounting applications vendor assessment.

Join over 200,000 accountants and bookkeepers using Xero in their practice

Digital Decoded - managing cybersecurity, blockchain and cryptocurrency
Video on demand

Digital Decoded - managing cybersecurity, blockchain and cryptocurrency

1 - 3 hours