Accounting & Information Assurance

Cybersecurity Forum Tackles Democracy Hacking

The recent Department of Homeland Security designation of state election assets as U.S. critical infrastructure – if it stands -- is a key to mitigating cyber threats to American democracy, said a researcher during the Forum on Financial Information Systems and Cybersecurity: A Public Policy Perspective on Jan. 11, 2017 at the University of Maryland. The designation means state governments can ask DHS for help to secure election infrastructure including voter registration databases, voting machines and other systems that manage the election process and report and display results on behalf of state and local governments.

In Era of Trump, Investors Grapple with Tweet Risk

When President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize Lockheed Martin for the price tag on the F-35 fighter jet, he sent the defense contractor's shares into a minor tailspin. A similar thing happened weeks earlier, when he tweeted a rebuke of Boeing for the price of the new Air Force One. With the Oval Office soon to be occupied by a Tweet-prolific commander-in-chief, investors are grappling with a new market force: Tweet risk. It's what happens when Trump unleashes a seemingly out-of-the-blue Twitter takedown and investors react. Experts from the Smith School explain the risks and potential opportunities for investors. Read more...

Annual Cybersecurity Forum Slated for Jan. 11

Researchers and senior executives from the private sector, government agencies and academia will gather to explore policy-based solutions to information security breaches in the 13th annual Forum on Financial Information Systems and Cybersecurity: A Public Policy Perspective. The daylong event takes place Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 in Van Munching Hall at the University of Maryland.

12 Big Things That Will Shape Business in 2017

It's nearly New Year.It's almost a new year, and across the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, some prognosticating has begun. We asked a group of professors to look ahead at the trends and developments we might see in the next 12 months. They turned their focus to the stock market, tax policy, Amazon, McDonald's, finance, real estate, Obamacare and more. Here's what they said. Read more...

The Economist Ranks Smith Faculty No. 1 in World

Professors at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business placed No. 1 in the world for "faculty quality" in The Economist's 2016 full-time MBA rankings, marking the third consecutive year atop the category. Prior to the current run, the school finished No. 2 for faculty quality in 2013. Overall, the Smith School finished No. 47 globally and No. 32 in the United States in the latest rankings, released Oct. 13.

Tricky Wordplay Sets Trap for Tax Filers

A client of Smith School accounting professor Samuel Handwerger recently asked him how to take advantage of something a financial website describes as a “$42 billion consumer rebate program” that Congress passed in December 2015. Under the program, the website boasts, “119 million taxpaying Americans can now get a rebate on virtually every single 2016 purchase.” He and a student looked into the claim and found it to be both a rumor and a potential pyramid scheme. Read more...


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