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12th Annual Cybersecurity Forum on Jan 13

Jan 07, 2016
World Class Faculty & Research


Researchers and Senior Executives to Explore Policy-Based Solutions

Cyber attacks on companies worldwide increased by 48 percent from 2013 to 2014 as roughly 42.8 million data security breaches cost firms hundreds to potentially millions of dollars (according to this recent study). With cybercrime against organizations flourishing, researchers and senior executives from business and government agencies will engage in a daylong Forum on Financial Information Systems and Cybersecurity: A Public Policy Perspective on Jan. 13, 2016, in Van Munching Hall at the University of Maryland.

UMD’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and School of Public Policy host this event in its 12th year. Topics and speakers will include:

  • “The Fallacy of Self-Auditing Systems” – Rebecca Mercuri, Founder & CEO, Notable Software, Inc.
  • “Using Architecture As a Fulcrum for Security Policy” – Peter Jansson, Senior Manager, EY Cybersecurity
  • “The Role of Behavioral Theory in Cybersecurity” – David Balenson, Senior Computer Scientist,
  •  and Lucien Randazzese, Senior Researcher, SRI International  
  • “GAO's Cybersecurity Audits at Federal Agencies” – Naba Barkakati, Chief Technologist and Director, CSTE U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • “Examining the Costs and Causes of Cyber Incidents” – Sasha Romanosky, Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation and Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School
  • “International Electronic Payment System Privacy Challenges: How an Invalidated U.S. Safe Harbor Undermines EU – U.S. Services Trade” – John Bagby, Professor, Penn State University, School of Information Sciences and Technology
  • Ira H. Shapiro Memorial Lecture: “Is Personal Information a Public Good?” – Alessandro Acquisti, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

The forum is coordinated by Larry Gordon, Ernst & Young Alumni Professor of Managerial Accounting; Martin Loeb, professor of accounting and information assurance and Deloitte & Touche LLP Faculty Fellow; and William Lucyshyn, interim director at the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise in the School of Public Policy.

Click here for the full agenda. For more information, contact Gordon at 301-405-2255 or or Loeb at 301-405-2209 or

This event is by invitation only.

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