Blockchain Application

  • Friday, December 7, 2018

    9:00am – 2:30pm
  • 5.5
    Specialized Knowledge

This webcast will help you understand the potential of blockchain by diving into the blockchain structure and functionality. You will begin to navigate the practical aspects of blockchain applications and use cases by looking into Ledgers, transactions and Smart Contracts. In addition, this webcast will help you understand the current blockchain landscape which will help you begin thinking about business applications and financial control considerations associated with blockchain use. This webcast will focus on responsibilities, process and technical controls. The interactive exercises weaved throughout will help you translate this understanding into relevant business application and value.


When you complete this webcast, you will be able to:

 Recognize the elements of permissioned and permissionless ledgers and their associated benefits and risks.

 Identify the components of security models for both types of blockchains and the continuum where other blockchains reside.

 Recall access control mechanisms, the importance of decoupling and segregation of duties and optimizing decentralization.

 Identify the characteristics of hybrid blockchains and blockchain-as-a-service.

 Recognize the governing concepts behind transactions and fees in different blockchain use cases.

 Differentiate between the unused transactions output (UTXO) model and the account model.

 Distinguish between transaction throughput and confirmations.

 Recall how smart contracts differ from traditional contracts.

 Recall how cryptocurrencies can be researched via market capitalization sites.

 Identify the different types of cryptocurrency exchanges including the risks and benefits.

 Recall the value proposition of initial coin offerings.

 Distinguish the elements of the general cryptocurrency taxonomy.

 Identify the different approaches to applying blockchain technology to create new business solutions.

 Identify system and organization controls (SOC) and how they relate to blockchain.

 Identify how to verify important process controls with blockchains and cryptocurrency.

 Recognize technical controls associated with blockchain and the need for expert teaming.

 Recognize the limitations of verification with transactions.

 Identify the fundamental and changing roles of the CPA when interacting with blockchain technologies.


Topics Discussed

 Elements of permissioned and permissionless ledgers

 Components of security models

 Access control mechanisms

 Characteristics of hybrid blockchains and blockchain-as-a-service

 Governing concepts behind transactions

 Difference between unused transactions output and the account model

 Transaction throughput and confirmations

 Difference between smart contracts and traditional contracts

 Cryptocurrency research

 Types of cryptocurrency exchanges

 initial coin offerings

 General crytocurrency taxonomy

 Approaches to applying blockchain technology

 How system and organization controls relate to blockchain

 Verify process controls with blockchains and cryptocurrency

 Technical controls associated with blockchain

 Limitations of verification with transactions

 Fundamental and changing roles of CPAs

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Designed For

Non-IT finance professionals, CFOs, controllers, management accountants, public accountants, partners, staff, managers and internal auditors


American Institute of CPAs

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