UMD Smith Faculty Honored for Contributions to Cybersecurity

UMD Smith Faculty cybersecurity

Faculty at the University of Maryland R.H. Smith School of Business was recently recognized for their work in cybersecurity by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

The IEEE is a preeminent professional organization in technology that recently honored the Smith School and its faculty with the inaugural Cybersecurity Award for Practice.

Sandor Boyson and CIO Holly Mann were recognized with the award for their work in developing the Cyber Risk Portal at the Smith School’s Supply Chain Management Center. The Cyber Risk Portal helps suppliers of critical infrastructure components and systems to avoid serious threats by allowing companies to anonymously upload data and compare their cybersecurity capabilities to existing standards. The portal was developed by Boyson and Mann alongside Thomas Corsi, Smith Professor and the center’s Co-Director; John-Patrick Paraskevas, a Ph.D. graduate from Smith; and research fellows Hart Rossman and Christopher Keegan.

To meet the standards for the IEEE award, the portal was required to meet a number of guidelines, such as including game-changing ideas that have or can advance the cybersecurity industry and offering an approach to building cybersecurity systems that can be quantified in cost, effectiveness, and other indicators.

Boyson accepted the honor during the IEEE Security Development Conference, which recently took place in Cambridge, Massachusetts. UMD Smith was further recognized at the conference with the ‘Award for Innovation,’ which was presented to Dave Levin, a UMD computer science professor.

“These awards highlight the cutting-edge cybersecurity work being done at the University of Maryland,” commented Jonathan Katz, Maryland Cybersecurity Center director and UMD professor. “Receiving awards for both theoretical and practical contributions, in quite different areas of cybersecurity, also demonstrates the amazing breadth of research going on here.”


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