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MIS students take home 2015 Best IT Audit and Security Project Award

The winners of the 2015 Best IT Audit and Security Project Award were honored by the Austin Chapter of ISACA on December 15, 2015.

Each fall, students taking the IT Audit and Security course have a chance to work on industry sponsored projects during a 12 week period. In the summer, Dr. Hüseyin Tanriverdi, instructor of the course, and the Austin Chapter of ISACA, reach out to IT audit and security professionals. They jointly define projects around contemporary challenges and opportunities in IT audit, IT security, and IT advisory service practices. Student teams sign up for the projects in the first class day at the end of August. Sponsors provide mentorship and guidance to the student teams throughout the semester. The final deliverables of the projects are evaluated by an independent judge panel from the Austin Chapter of ISACA. The team producing the top project receives a monetary prize and becomes recognized by ISACA.

In Fall 2015, students worked on a total of 12 projects. Some projects were research oriented: e.g., data security and privacy risks and mitigating mechanisms for emerging “Internet of Things.” Some projects focused on the development of information security programs, disaster recovery and business continuity planning, and IT audit plans. Some projects contributed to IT audits. There was also a project aiming to develop an innovative solution to the DDoS problem.

The winning project was entitled: “Network security controls at institutions of higher education.” The project was sponsored by Jeffrey D. Treichel, Associate Director of Internal Audit at The University of Texas at Austin, and his colleagues. Members of the student team were: Douglas Wang, Kimberly Fischer, Andy Ly, Joe Currie, and Ryan Walker. Austin Chapter of ISACA presented the Award and recognized the students and sponsors during its luncheon on December 15, 2015.

In addition to learning opportunities for sponsors and students, the industry sponsored projects establish and strengthen the relationships between the industry and the MIS program. They also lead to internship and job opportunities for students. For example, Joe Currie, a member of the winning team reports: “I've been offered an internship this summer at UT's Office of Internal Audit, as a result of the project.”

For further details, please contact the instructor of the course, Dr. Hüseyin Tanriverdi at

Winners of ISACA award

Photo: Members of the winning team Andy Ly, Douglas Wang, and Kimberly Fischer, and the sponsor Jeffrey D. Treichel receive the best project award from Claire Wang of ISACA.