Accounting & Information Assurance

UMD Smith School of Business Cybersecurity Experts Win Major Homeland Security Grant

College Park, Md. – November 14, 2012 – World-leading cybersecurity researchers at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business won a significant grant from the Department of Homeland Security to develop economic models for cybersecurity investments. Professors Lawrence Gordon and Martin Loeb – along with colleague William Lucyshyn from the School of Public Policy -- received one of just 34 contracts awarded to 29 academic and research institutions for research and development of solutions to cybersecurity challenges.

Smith School to Host Ninth Annual Cybersecurity Forum

The University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business in partnership with the School of Public Policy is pleased to present the Ninth Annual Forum on Financial Information Systems and Cybersecurity: A Public Policy Perspective on Wednesday, January 16, 2013. The forum is intended to encourage the exchange of ideas among a small group of researchers and executives who share a common interest in issues related to financial information systems and cybersecurity.

Experts Tackle Cyber Threats, Policy Conflict in Annual Forum

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. School of Business and School of Public Policy co-hosted the ninth annual Forum on Financial Information Systems and Cybersecurity: A Public Policy Perspective, on Jan. 16, 2013.


About 65 academics, economists and IT engineers networked, exchanged ideas and reinforced a foundation for keeping pace with constantly evolving cyber threats.

James P. Bedingfield

Dr. Bedingfield's areas of expertise include accounting regulations, Cost Accounting Standards, and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). He has served as a consultant to various federal agencies and private groups on these topics. Bedingfield has published extensively in both academic and professional journals, including the Journal of Accountancy, Accounting Review, Financial Executive, and the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy. He is the author of Accounting and Federal Regulation and the co-author with Howard W. Wright (first edition) and Dr. Louis I.

Jim Staihar

Jim Staihar joined the AIA faculty as an assistant professor in the Fall 2010. He earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. His prior research was on fundamental issues in criminal law theory. His current research is on issues in accounting ethics and business ethics, concerning executive compensation, insider trading, tax shelters, whistleblowing, and independence in public accounting. His work has been published in the journals Law and Philosophy, New Criminal Law Review, and Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.

Nick Seybert

Nick Seybert received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He is interested in financial accounting and behavioral finance, particularly how optimistic beliefs arise and are disciplined in the market. His research has been published in leading journals, including the Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting Research, and Management Science. Prior to joining the Smith School, he was a faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business.


James McKinney

Dr. McKinney has several years of experience teaching auditing, financial accounting, business ethics, professional accounting research, accounting systems, and fraud accounting. He is a CPA and has worked in public accounting, including the national auditing office of his firm, as well as in the internal audit department of a Fortune 500 company. 

Stephen Loeb

Dr. Loeb is an internationally known scholar in the area of accounting ethics. His work has appeared in many journals, including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, The Journal of Accountancy, Issues in Accounting Education, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of Business Ethics, and Accounting Horizons.

Martin Loeb

Dr. Loeb joined the faculty at Maryland as an Associate Professor in 1982 (from North Carolina State University, where he was a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Business).


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