Students Published in Prestigious Information Systems Journal

January 2012

Two Farmer School students have partnered with a recent alumnus to publish a research paper in the ISACA Journal, an award-winning publication that publishes practical, professional knowledge about topics critical to IT audit, governance, security and risk professionals. The journal is read by over 76,000 information systems professionals in 160 countries.

Their paper, "Customer Relationship Information Technology Internal Control and Security (CRITICS) Framework," focuses on the importance of building a solid platform for protecting customer data. It will be published in March 2012.

Robbie Sauerberg graduated with a marketing degree in December 2011. He has interned for both Hewlett-Packard and Wired magazine. He is starting his career in January 2012 as a digital sales planner at Wired.

Weston Smith is a senior accountancy major with a minor in management information systems. He is the vice president of finance for Miami's ISACA student organization and in 2010 completed a rotation as a volunteer income tax assistant for the Internal Revenue Service. After graduation he will enter PwC's tax consulting practice in New York City.

Jonathan Tudor is a senior majoring information systems and minoring in interactive media studies. He is in the university honors and business honors programs and is the president of Miami's ISACA student organization and is the chief information officer and webmaster for Miami Business Consulting. After graduation, Jonathan will enter General Electric's Aviation Information Management Leadership Program as he pursues a career in information management and his interests in networking, IT audit and security, and IT project management.

"It was a pretty cool and unexpected achievement to publish an article that started as an assignment for a business class," said Robbie Sauerberg. "Professor Merhout was very supportive, and he is the reason we even thought about taking our work further. I have taken multiple classes of his and he is a very engaged professor."

Jon Tudor elaborates: "It's been an exciting process to take our original idea and carry it all the way through to publication in a well-respected international journal. The paper we wrote and education we received in Dr. Merhout's class provided an excellent base for taking the CRITICS framework to the next level. I never would have thought that the idea we started working on nearly a year ago for class would now reach over 76,000 professionals in the field."

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