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11th Biennial Symposium on
Information Integrity and Information Systems Assurance

Plus workshops on Blockchain, Data Mining for Fraud Detection, Machine Learning and Text Analytics.

New in 2019 - a special research workshop on Eye Tracking and Other Neurophysiological Devices (limited to 8 registrants).

October 24-26, 2019
Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre Hotel
525 Bay St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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The Centre for Information Integrity and Information Systems Assurance at the University of Waterloo (UW CISA) will be holding its 11th biennial symposium held in Toronto, Canada. Our symposia are recognized for the extensive interaction between practitioners and academics. Papers and panels from academe and practice will address risks, controls and assurance issues associated with the following topics:

Ÿ       ● Cybersecurity/privacy
Ÿ       Data Analytics and Big Data
Ÿ       Machine Learning and AI
Ÿ       Blockchain technology

IT Governance 
● Information Integrity and Information Assurance
Crypto Currencies and Online Payment Processing
Audit Automation/Robotic Process Automation

Program Overview:

  • Thursday Oct 24 – Workshops – Blockchain, Data Mining for Fraud Detection,
    Eye Tracking and Other Neurophysiological Devices, and Machine Learning and Text Analytics (8:30 am to 5:30 pm)
  • Thursday Oct 24 – Welcome Reception (6 to 9 pm)
  • Friday Oct 25 – Expert Panels and Research Papers (8 am to 5:30 pm)
  • Friday Oct 25 – Banquet (6:30 to 9:30 pm)
  • Saturday Oct 26 – Expert Panels and Research Papers (8 am to 12:30 pm)


Thursday, October 24, 2019




Pre-Conference Workshops – AM Sessions:

Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre – Rooms: York meeting room A; York meeting room B; Richmond boardroom

  1. Blockchain

Presenters: Theophanis Stratopoulos, UW SAF and  Clinton White, University of Delaware

  1. Machine Learning and Text Analytics

Presenters:  Louise Hayes, University of Guelph and Rajendra Srivastava, University of Kansas

  1. Eye Tracking and Other Neurophysiological Devices (registration limited to 8 participants)

Presenters: Kristian Rotaru, Monash University and Kate Patterson, UW SAF




Pre-Conference Workshops – PM Sessions:

  1. Data Mining for Fraud Detection with IDEA

Presenter: Kieng Iv, Kieng's Analytics

  1. Machine Learning and Text Analytics continued

Presenters: Louise Hayes, University of Guelph and Rajendra Srivastava, University of Kansas

  1. Eye Tracking and Other Neurophysiological Devices continued (registration limited to 8 participants)

Presenters: Kristian Rotaru, Monash University and Kate Patterson, UW SAF


Welcome Reception

Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Adelaide Room

Friday, October 25, 2019, Meeting Salons 1-3




Welcome and Opening Remarks

Steve Fortin, Director of School of Accounting & Finance, University of Waterloo

Bill Swirsky, Chair, UW CISA

Efrim Boritz, Executive Director, UW CISA


Crypto Currency and Crypto Assets: Accounting and Auditing Issues

Moderator: Kaylynn Pippo, CPA Canada

Jean-François Trépanier, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Ryan Leopold, PwC
Theophanis Stratopoulos, UW SAF
Angelo Giardina, CPAB



Moderator: Bob Cuthbertson, UW CISA


“The First Mile Problem”: Deriving an Endogenous Demand for Auditing in Blockchain-based Business Processes

Presenters: Michael Alles, Rutgers University and Glen Gray, California State University, Northridge

Discussant Academic: Theophanis Stratopoulos, UW SAF

Discussant Practitioner: Doug Johnson, Haventree Bank


Refreshment Break


Blockchain Architecture: A Design that Helps CPA Firms Leverage the Technology

Presenters: Nishani Vincent, Anthony Skjellum, and Sai Medury, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Discussant Academic: Deniz Appelbaum, Montclair State University

Discussant Practitioner: Archana Subramanian, PwC


Blockchain and Internal Controls: the COSO* Perspective

Presenter: Eric Cohen, Cohen Computer Consulting




Interactive Table Talks

Moderator: Mark Arnason, UW SAF


Cyber security 1

Moderator: Doug Johnson, Haventree Bank


A Taxonomy of Cybercrime: Theory and Design

Presenters: Akhilesh Chandra, The University of Akron and Melissa J. Snowe, DFAS- Defense Finance and Accounting Service. Cleveland

Discussant Academic: Mary Curtis, University of North Texas

Discussant Practitioner: Robert Reimer, PwC


Refreshment Break


Public Companies' Cybersecurity Risk Disclosures

Presenters: Lei Gao and Thomas G. Calderon, University of Akron and Fengchun Tang, Virginia Commonwealth University

Discussant Academic: David Wang, DePaul University

Discussant Practitioner: David Florio, Grant Thornton


If You Cannot Measure It, You Cannot Manage It: Assessing the Quality of Cybersecurity Risk Disclosure through Textual Imagification

Presenters: Arion Cheong, Soohyun Cho, Won Gyn No, and Miklos A. Vasarhelyi, Rutgers University

Discussant Academic: Louise Hayes, University of Guelph

Discussant Practitioner: Chris Anderson, Blackberry


Cyber security 2

Moderator: Robert Parker, Retired Partner, Enterprise Risk, Deloitte


A View from the CISO: Data Classification Drivers, Challenges, and Outcomes

Presenters: Marianne Bradford and Eileen Taylor, North Carolina State University and Megan Seymore, University of North Texas

Discussant Academic: Uday Murthy, University of South Florida

Discussant Practitioner: Ray Henrickson, Retired VP Information Systems and Technology Audit, Scotiabank


Banquet: Law Society of Ontario, Convocation Hall

Saturday, October 26, 2019, Meeting Salons 1-3




Rutgers Research Reports

Moderator: Adam Vitalis, UW SAF


Continuous Monitoring and Audit Methodology for Medication Procurement

Presenters: Mauricio Codesso, Federal University of Santa Catarina; Miklos Vasarhelyi and Wenru Wang, Rutgers University

Audit Process Automation and Process Redesign: A Case Study

Presenters: Chanta Thomas and Chanyuan (Abigail) Zhang, Rutgers University

Exogenous variables and the cyber ecosystem for the audit of the future?

Presenter: Miklos Vasarhelyi, Rutgers University


Cyber security 3

Moderator: Malik Datardina, Auvenir


Talk Too Much? The Attribution of Cybersecurity Disclosures on Investment Decisions

Presenters: Xu (Joyce) Cheng, Auburn University; Tawei (David) Wang, DePaul University; and Carol Hsu, Tongji University, China

Discussant Academic: Joy Gray, Bentley University

Discussant Practitioner: Richard Lee, EY


Refreshment Break


Big Data and Data Analytics

Moderator: Greg Shields, Retired Director, Auditing and Assurance Standards, CPA Canada


Big Data Prioritization in SCM Decision-making: Its Role and Performance Implications

Presenters: Luigi Red Gaerlan, Carla Wilkin, Aldónio Ferreira and Kristian Rotaru, Monash University

Discussant Academic: Clark Hampton, University of South Carolina

Discussant Practitioner: Jerrard Gaertner, Managed Analytic Services Inc.


An Ontological Methodology for Classifying Social Media: Text Mining Analysis for Financial Data

Presenters: Zamil Alzamil, Rutgers, Deniz Appelbaum, Montclair State University and Robert Nehmer, Oakland University

Discussant Academic: Ryan Baxter, Boise State University

Discussant Practitioner: William Ives, Deloitte


Closing Remarks

Bill Swirsky, Chair, UWCISA

Efrim Boritz, Executive Director, UWCISA

Workshop Registration

The workshops will be held on Thursday, October 24, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, the day before the Symposium. The symposium fee does not include participation in the Workshop.

The registration fee for workshops is $500 + HST. This fee covers choice of one full-day or two half-day workshops, workshop materials, breakfast and lunch, the reception on Thursday, and all refreshment breaks.

Symposium Registration

All participants (except invited presenters) must pay the registration fee for the Symposium of $750.00 + HST. This fee covers all conference materials, reception on Thursday, breakfast, lunch and banquet on Friday, breakfast on Saturday, and all refreshment breaks.

Special Combo Offer

If you are interested in attending both the Workshop Day and the Symposium, the combined fee is $1,000 + HST.

CPD Certificates will be provided.

The full conference qualifies for up to 20 hours of CPD. The workshop alone will qualify for 7.5 hours of CPD. The symposium alone will qualify for up to 12.5 hours of CPD.

Please book your hotel at the group rate for UW CISA Symposium. The deadline for hotel bookings at the Special Conference Rate of CDN$209 is October 7, 2019.

For more information contact Prof. J. Efrim Boritz jeboritz@uwaterloo.ca  (519) 888-4567 ext. 35774.

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