The Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center (KCGC) is a research initiative of American University’s Kogod School of Business (KSB) focused on cybersecurity and privacy research. We recognize that the economic, organizational and technological dimensions of cybersecurity require a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach in order to overcome the challenges and maximize the opportunities arising from cybersecurity.

The center has two core missions: 1) conducting world-class research related to cybersecurity and privacy, and 2) achieving practical impacts by informing today’s business leaders with actionable and well-supported guidance on cybersecurity and privacy.

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Washington, DC 20016

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Research Highlights

DARPA research grant: Curation and Reusable Evaluation of Research Claims in social and behavioral studies
SHARING INSIDER THREAT INDICATORS, by Elizabeth M. Petrie and Casey Evans
Stafford Beer Medal. The Operational Research Society awarded Dr. Heng Xu the Stafford Beer medal for 2018.
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRANT  Situation-Aware Identification and Rectification of Regrettable Privacy Decisions
2019 SANS security awareness report: the rising era of awareness training
PRIVACY DISPARITY: Privacy protection in health disparity research

Annual Reports

Cybersecurity 2018 Annual Report
Cybersecurity 2019 Annual Report
2021 - 2022 Annual Report



  • Mr. John Brady, Senior Vice President for Cyber Security and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)of FINRA, gave a distinguished guest lecture on the topic of risk management in the 2019 KCGC Distinguished Lecture Series on April 2, 2019.
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  • On March 30, 2019, Dr. Heng Xu joined an invited panel on cybersecurity/privacy at the sixth annual OWN IT Summit at Georgetown University. OWN IT was built by young women at Georgetown with the goal of bridging the gap between female leaders of the 21st century and the college students who admire them by shaking up the women’s leadership arena and producing interactive, accessible, and dynamic events. Each year, about 600 college-aged attendees come to the campus of Georgetown for a day of unique conversations that bring together leading women from all sorts of backgrounds and perspectives.

  • Dr. Heng Xu, director of KCGC, visited Data & Society Research Institute in New York City in March, 2019, and gave a talk on how various privacy preserving techniques may disproportionately suppress information for minorities or mask health disparities.
    Read more about the talk.
    Read more about the research paper.

  • Mr. Lance Spitzner, Director of SANS's Security Awareness team, gave a distinguished guest lecture on the topic of security awareness in the 2019 KCGC Distinguished Lecture Series on March 19, 2019.
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  • Dr. Heng Xu, director of KCGC, joined a panel of expert discussing “Into the Cyber domain. A view from Academia and industry” at an Embassy of Italy’s event on “Cybersecurity: Challenges and Opportunities” on March 7, 2019.

  • Dr. Nan Zhang, faculty member of KCGC, gave a talk on robust data analytics at the American University’s inaugural Winter Academy Luncheon in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Friday, March 1, 2019. The talk discussed why, to properly separate signal from noise in data analytics, it’s critical to understand the data generation process and to collectively reason about heterogeneous yet related datasets.

  • Dr. Allan Friedman, the Director of Cybersecurity Initiatives at National Telecommunications and Information Administration, kicked off the 2019 KCGC Distinguished Lecture Series as the inaugural speaker on February 26, 2019.
  • Dr. Nan Zhang, faculty member of KCGC, discussed the importance of ensuring robustness in the data analytics process in Kogod Business Briefing on February 13, 2019.
    Read about the event.
    Watch the briefing.

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