Accounting 350 – Principles of Fraud Examinations

I chose to enhance this class because I loved how it had an area that intersected with what I am passionate about. As a computer science major I think it is very cool to have the opportunity to study data breaches. It is a big interest for me since I like both the technology aspect of how incidents like this occur but also the accounting side of the story where we analyze these incidents in terms of the fraud triangle. The fraud triangle examines fraud based on three key things which are, motive, opportunity, and rationalization.

Below is the poster my partner and I created for the research showcase here at Longwood to present all of the research we had done over the semester. We chose to cover some major data breaches including, Capital One and Target. Both of these data breaches have occurred within the last 5 – 10 years and have helped us to develop stronger and more secure data management among big companies. Personally, I loved doing the research for this class. It expanded what I already knew about basic accounting principles and I got to explore and learn about security protocols that failed and how they were fixed to prevent these cyber attacks from happening again.

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