January 8, 2020

Sixteenth Annual Forum on Financial Information Systems and Cybersecurity: A Public Policy Perspective

About 60 cyber and policy experts representing academia, business and government will participate in the 16th annual Forum on Financial Information Systems and Cybersecurity: A Public Policy Perspective, from 9 a.m.-4:20 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Van Munching Hall, Room 1412 at the University of Maryland, College Park. The event is co-hosted by Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business and School of Public Policy.

Presenters include Col. Andrew Hall, director of the Army Cyber Institute at West Point and a Maryland Smith PhD graduate in management science and operations management, and Ira H. Shapiro Memorial Lecture speaker Rashad Abdel-Khalid, professor and directorof International Education and Research at the University of Illinois.


  • 9-9:10 a.m. - Welcome and opening remarks by Michael O. Ball, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, Maryland Smith
  • 9:10 – 9:45 a.m. - “Risk-Limiting Audits and the 2020 Elections" by Rebecca Mercuri, founder and CEO of Notable Software, Inc.
  • 9:45-10:20 a.m. - “Jack Voltaic: Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships to Safeguard Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources” by Col. Andrew Hall, director of the Army Cyber Institute at West Point
  • 10:45-11:20 a.m. - “Digital Insider Trading: Hacking for Illegal Profits” by Jonathan Jona, assistant professor, Tulane University
  • 11:20-11:55 a.m. - “Evolution of Insider Threat Via Pre-Incident Data Analysis” by Melissa Vice, COO of the Vulnerability Disclosure Program, Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center
  • Noon-1:30 p.m. (Van Munching Hall-School of Public Policy Atrium) - Luncheon speaker Sherri Ramsay, cybersecurity consultant and former director of the National Security Agency Threat Operations Center (Welcome and introduction by School of Public Policy Dean Robert Orr)
  • 1:30-2:05 p.m. - "Quantitative Issues in Cyber Insurance" by Fariborz Farahmand, senior research engineer, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2:05-2:35 p.m. – “Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Equifax Data Breach Settlement” by Jenelle Dennis, senior litigation counsel, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Richa Dasgupta, assistant litigation deputy, CFPB
  • 2:35-3:10 p.m. -  “Crypto, FinTech and Financial Security” by John Bagby, professor emeritus, College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State University
  • 3:30-4:10 p.m. - Ira H. Shapiro Memorial Lecture: “Rich Soft Spots for Breaching Security” by Rashad Abdel-Khalik, professor and director of international education and research, University of Illinois

The forum is organized by Lawrence A. Gordon, EY Alumni Professor of Managerial Accounting and Information Assurance; Martin Loeb, professor of accounting and information assurance and a Deloitte & Touche Faculty Fellow; and William Lucyshyn, research professor and the director of research at the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise.

Seating for the event is at capacity. Media access can be arranged by contacting Greg Muraski at 301-892-0973 or gmuraski@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Additional contact: Lawrence A. Gordon at LGordon@rhsmith.umd.edu



College Park, Md.


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