College Park, Md. September 28, 2005 The University of Marylands Robert H. Smith School of Business today announced that Lawrence A. Gordon, Ernst & Young Alumni Professor of Managerial Accounting and Information Assurance Director, has been invited to join the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC)s Study Group on Risk Management Approaches to Protection. The study group supports the work being conducted by NIAC.
The NIAC was established by executive order to provide President Bush with advice on the security of information systems for critical infrastructure supporting banking and finance, transportation, energy, manufacturing, and emergency government services. NIAC Committee members consist of recognized technology and security industry leaders including: John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems Inc.; Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel Corp.; and Maynard Webb, CEO of eBay Inc.
Gordons appointment follows wide, national recognition for leading research he has conducted related to the economic aspects of information and cyber security. Gordon, a pioneer in developing the field of cyber security economics, has been an active participant in numerous information security research studies and is one of the authors of the Annual CSI/FBI Computer Crime and Security Survey. The Computer Crime and Security Survey is conducted by the Computer Security Institute (CSI) with the participation of the San Francisco Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Computer Intrusion Squad. This survey indicates how often crime occurs on computer networks as well as the costs.
Cyber security has become a key issue for private and public organizations in the digital economy and Larrys appointment reflects his active and influential role as one of a handful of preeminent researchers worldwide who are applying economic concepts to cyber security problems, said Howard Frank, dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Gordon and Martin Loeb, Smith School professor of Accounting and Information Assurance, are the co-authors of the book Managing Cyber Security Resources: A Cost-Benefit Analysis, forthcoming publication in October 2005 from McGraw-Hill. Gordon is also an internationally-known scholar in the area of managerial accounting. His work focuses on such issues as performance measures, economic aspects of information security, cost management systems, the interface between managerial accounting and information technology, and capital investments. In two recent comprehensive studies, Gordon was cited as one of the world's most influential/productive accounting researchers. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy and serves on the editorial boards of several other journals.
About the Robert H. Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research for the digital economy. The Smith School one of 13 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, 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 four continents including North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. More information about the Robert H. Smith School of Business can be found at www.rhsmith.umd.edu.
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