The “Equifax Saga and Ramifications” and “The Mobile Lemon” (addressing smartphone app security and usability paradoxes), among other topics, highlighted the recent Forum on Financial Information Systems and Cybersecurity: A Public Policy Perspective. The University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and Robert H. Smith School of Business hosted the event on Jan. 10, 2018 in Van Munching Hall.
Lawrence A. Gordon
Dr. Lawrence A. Gordon is 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. Dr. Gordon is considered to be one of the pioneers on the emerging field of cybersecurity economics. He is the author of more than 90 articles published in such places as The Accounting Review, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, ACM Transactions on Information and System Security, Journal of Computer Security, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Accounting, Organizations and Society, MIS Quarterly, and Communications of the ACM.
The Robert H. Smith School of Business has a stake in the University of Maryland mission targeted by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) recent $5 million grant to enhance educational opportunities related to UMD’s Honors College's Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES) program.
Lawrence Gordon, EY Alumni Professor of Managerial Accounting and Information Assurance at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business discussed the Gordon-Loeb Model for Cybersecurity Investments at the University of Tokyo on Nov. 20, 2017.
The Better Business Bureau is advising small business owners to consider using the Gordon-Loeb Model to mitigate cyberattacks.
On June 9, 2017, the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business hosted the 2017 Journal of Accounting and Public Policy (JAPP) Conference in College Park, Md.
The WannaCry ransomware that has affected more than 230,000 computers in 150 countries now has largely halted its crawl across the globe, but experts say the attack's real impact might be yet to come. The assault could herald a turning point in cyber intrusions and in the way institutions handle cybersecurity, says the Smith School's Martin Loeb, and co-author, with with Smith School colleague Lawrence A. Gordon, of the Gordon-Loeb Model for Cybersecurity Investments. The widespread attack is exposing "the underinvestment in cybersecurity by many organizations," Loeb says. And the change it sparks could be one of the lasting legacies of the WannaCry attack. Read more...
The recent Department of Homeland Security designation of state election assets as U.S. critical infrastructure – if it stands -- is a key to mitigating cyber threats to American democracy, said a researcher during the Forum on Financial Information Systems and Cybersecurity: A Public Policy Perspective on Jan. 11, 2017 at the University of Maryland. The designation means state governments can ask DHS for help to secure election infrastructure including voter registration databases, voting machines and other systems that manage the election process and report and display results on behalf of state and local governments.
Cybersecurity experts hired to lock down technology often overlook the vulnerability of another machine: the human brain. That was the warning of David Balenson, a senior computer scientist at SRI International, during the 12th annual Forum on Financial Information Systems and Cybersecurity, sponsored jointly by the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and Robert H. Smith School of Business.
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.
Cybersecurity analytics was the theme of the Fifth Annual Business Analytics Workshop, held in College Park, Md., on Monday, May 18, 2015. Co-sponsored by the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and IBM, the day-long workshop consisted of topics ranging from calculating cybersecurity investments to applying machine learning to cyber defense. The workshop provided ample time for questions from the audience and speakers delivered real-time solutions to some of the attendees.