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Undergraduates Secure Third Place in Association for Information Systems Student Competition

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Undergraduates Secure Third Place in Association for Information Systems Student Competition


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A Bentley student team successfully tackled complex IT security management issues and placed third at the national 2013-2014 Association for Information Systems Student Competition IT Security Track. Team members Brendan Colford ‘14 and Alina Usmanov ‘15 (Information Systems Audit and Control majors) and Mackenzie Segura-Cook ‘15 (Computer Information Systems major) faced tight competition in the finals against teams from Arizona State University, Brigham Young University and Utah State University. The competition was held in Tempe, Ariz., March 20 to 22.

“This achievement demonstrates the quality of our information systems programs and students, and is an excellent example of collaboration among students across boundaries of majors,” says CIS professor Heikki Topi, who served as the team’s advisor and is a faculty co-advisor of Bentley’s AIS student chapter with Alina Chircu, associate professor and chair of information and process management. “This allowed the team to take a broad strategic perspective that brought together security processes, policies, and technologies in a seamless way.”

To reach the finals, the team competed during the virtual qualifying round, held December through February. At the finals, the IT Security Track focused on the management of IT security in a large organization. Competing teams analyzed a case and provided recommendations about how to manage IT security in the organization to ensure that critical functions can be performed and essential compliance requirements addressed. Students acted as an external consulting team to provide advice regarding pressing information systems security and compliance issues. In their competition role, the teams were commissioned by a large U.S. soft drink manufacturer and distributor recently acquired by a European company. The case focused specifically on decisions related to complex regulatory issues that the company was required to address on a tight schedule.

Topi also credits the Bentley team’s performance to field work. “They were able to include in their analysis specific and directly applicable lessons learned during their internships. All this contributed to a highly relevant and insightful competition contribution and an excellent presentation.”

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,200 full-time undergraduate, 82 part-time undergraduate, 1,000 graduate and 24 doctoral students. Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranks Bentley among the top 10 undergraduate business programs in the country. The Princeton Review’s Annual Best Colleges Guide names Bentley number one in the nation for career services and internship opportunities. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education.


by Meredith Mason  January 31, 2017

Princeton Review has ranked Bentley University the No. 1 college for internship opportunities in the United States as part of their 2017 edition of “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give you the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.”