Data breaches, hacking and external fraud attempts against Target, Sony and Home Depot illustrate the need to safeguard against external fraud risks. Specific control issues increase risk, but organizations can take measures to reduce exposure to external attacks. Until recently, many organizations discounted risk related to external fraud attempts. Instead, most were only concerned with protecting physical assets such as inventory or fixed assets. However, due to such highly publicized corporate hacking events, more attention is paid to all types of external fraud risk. During this course, we'll examine external fraud and examine the control issues that increase the risks. Also, discuss measures that organizations can employ to reduce exposure to attacks.
• Define external fraud
• Identify control issues that can give rise to external fraud occurrences
• List ways to reduce external fraud risk
• Types of external fraud
• Considerations as organizations work to reduce fraud risk
• External fraud and known parties/External fraud unknown perpetrators