Philip Elsas

By December 31, 2018Speakers

PhD in mathematics and computing science on the topic of financial auditing, awarded with the Alfred Coini auditing prize
Dr.,, Red Canari Information Security

Philip holds a PhD in Mathematics and Computing Science on the topic of Financial Auditing. His dissertation “Computational Auditing” appeared in 1996, in courtesy of Deloitte & Touche in cooperation with the VU university of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and was directly after appearance awarded the Alfred Coini auditing prize. The thesis introduces an extension of Place-Transition Nets to articulate audit security invariants and proving net system properties to support control design.

Philip Elsas is founder and director of, starting in the Netherlands in 2003 and in Canada in 2006, and R&D director at Red Canari Information Security since January 2017.

Prior to Philip spent 15 years with Deloitte: the first half in auditing, the second in consultancy, with a 3 year intermezzo at Bakkenist Management Consultants, sold to Deloitte in 1999.

In Deloitte’s audit practice, Philip was involved in the design and development of an advanced system for audit planning and guidance: Smart Audit Support, till today used in Deloitte’s worldwide audit practice., PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Dutch Tax Agency partnered in the Jacquard project “Next Generation Auditing: Data-assurance as a Service” (2010-2018), led by the National Center of Mathematics and Computing Science in the Netherlands.

Philip is a regular speaker at audit symposia over the last 10 years: World Continuous Auditing symposia, Kansas symposia on audit and XBRL, UWCISA symposia, ISACA, AAA annual meeting and the Smart Auditing PhD master classes and workshops for the National Research School on Information and Knowledge Systems in the Netherlands.