Second Annual Gordon Prize in
Managing Cybersecurity Resources Awarded
Park, Md. – February 10, 2011 — The University of Maryland’s Robert H.
Smith School of Business today announced the recipient of the 2010 Gordon Prize
in Managing Cybersecurity Resources, an essay contest that had competitors
offering innovative solutions for how to allocate resources to protect personal
and sensitive data on computers and online. Melissa S. Vice won the award for
her essay, “The Threat from Within: A Social Engineering Plan to Combat
Cybersecurity Data Breaches.” The competition and prize are named for pioneering
cybersecurity expert Lawrence A. Gordon, the Smith School’s Ernst & Young Alumni
Professor of Managerial Accounting and Information Assurance.
Vice is an information technology and security professional with the Center
for Development of Security Excellence at the Defense Security Service, a U.S.
Department of Defense agency. In her winning essay, she underscores a
contemporary issue regarding the insider threat to cybersecurity. She proposes a
clear framework using social engineering to alleviate the insider threat
This was the second year for the annual Gordon Prize competition, which is
open to students, faculty, and information security professionals in both the
public and private sectors. Essays are evaluated on their ability to provide and
describe a clear, innovative solution to the problems associated with managing
Gordon is committed to raising awareness of the issue of cybersecurity and
its importance to business and government leaders. In 2003 he and two colleagues
at the University of Maryland instituted the Smith School’s annual Cybersecurity
Forum, which just marked its seventh year, to bring together the rich
interchange of ideas that can only occur when people from many academic
backgrounds and industries gather. He sees the Gordon Prize as another way of
encouraging practitioners and theoreticians alike to approach the problem of
cybersecurity in a multi-disciplinary way.
About the University of Maryland’s Robert H.
Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader
in management education and research. One of 13 colleges and schools at the
University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate,
full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, executive MS, PhD and executive
education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The
school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning
locations in North America and Asia.