Accounting & Information Assurance

Experts Weigh Cyber Threats to Critical Infrastructure

Could hackers have disrupted’s opening week, when 3.72 million visitors were attempting to register? 

"Possibly," says computer forensic analyst Rebecca Mercuri, PhD. The launch was ripe for attack in an atmosphere of intense social and political opposition. “But we’ll probably never know.” 

Nonetheless, there’s a lesson in the importance of "cyber-securing" critical infrastructure for policymakers to take away, said Mercuri, founding president of New Jersey-based Notable Software, Inc. 

Smith Undergrads Take Top Honors at UConn Case Challenge

For the second year in a row, undergraduates from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business took top honors at the University of Connecticut’s Case Challenge, hosted by Connecticut’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) from October 9-13, 2013 in Storrs, Connecticut. 

Raaheela Ahmed, a junior finance and economics double major; Ben Hsieh, a junior accounting major; and Ningwei Li, a junior finance, economics, and mathematics triple major; represented Smith at the Case Challenge.

Emanuel Zur

Emanuel Zur, PhD, Assistant Professor of Accounting and Information Assurance, joined the faculty this fall 2013. Prior to joining Maryland’s AIA faculty, Emanuel was an assistant professor of accounting at Baruch College and a visiting assistant professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.  He holds an LLB in law and a BA in economics from Tel-Aviv University in Israel, as well as an MPhil in management, and a PhD in business administration (accounting) from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

JAPP Conference 2014

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Journal of Accounting and Public Policy Conference
University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business
May 29, 2014

“Accounting and Risk Management”

HIGHLIGHTS: Conference Explores Accounting and Risk Management
Research presented at the third annual Journal of Accounting and Public Policy Conference in College Park, Md., shows how the expectation of a safety net — which comes with strings attached — actually reins in shareholders and managers with limited liability. Read more.

The Journal of Accounting and Public Policy (JAPP) is pleased to hold the third of its annual conferences rotating among the IE Business School, the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business. The third conference will be held on May 29, 2014, at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business in College Park, Maryland (less than 10 miles from downtown Washington, DC, with easy Metro access). The third conference will be focused around the theme of Accounting and Risk Management. A special issue of JAPP will be published based on the papers and related discussions presented at the Conference. Risk Management is best thought of as a process that consists of several phases, including identifying risks, determining methods for mitigating and transferring risks, and for controlling/responding to damages caused by risk not mitigated or transferred. The bursting of the dot com bubble, the accounting scandals at the turn of the century, and the recent financial crisis have heightened awareness of the importance of risk management and the role accounting plays in risk management.

Conference Coordinators:

  • Alnoor Bhimani, London School of Economics and Political Science (London, UK)
  • Salvador Carmona, IE Business School (Madrid, Spain)
  • Lawrence A. Gordon, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland (USA)
  • Martin P. Loeb, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland (USA)

Lei Zhou

Professor Zhou holds a B.S. in Economics and Management from Tsinghua University and Ph.D. in Accounting and Information Assurance from University of Maryland, College Park. She worked at McGill University before joining University of Maryland.

Professor Zhou's research interest focuses on economics of information security and security investments. She has published in European Accounting Review and Journal of Computer Security.


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