• 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.
    Read more about the speaker.

  • 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.
    Read more about the speaker.

  • 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.


  • Dr. Heng Xu, Director of KCGC, Heng Xu, delivered one of the four AU Ed Talks in the 2018 All American Weekend. Her talk, “Data in the Everyday,” visited the common myths and misconceptions about analytics in the Big Data era, telling real-world stories about the pitfalls in designing, performing, and interpreting data analytics in business practices.
    Read about the event.
  • KCGC held its annual advisory committee meeting on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Dr. Heng Xu, Director of KCGC, shared with the advisory committee members the value proposition of the center and the center’s vision and future plan on research and on bridging research and practice.
  • KCGC faculty member Dr. Nan Zhang co-chaired the program of the 2018 IEEE Symposium on Privacy-Aware Computing, which was held in Washington, DC in September, 2018. The conference was sponsored by the Technical Committee on Security and Privacy (TCSP) of IEEE, and brought together experts from academia, government, and industry to present and discuss recent advances and new perspectives on related research and development in privacy-aware computing.
    Read the conference proceedings.
  • On September 26, 2018, KCGC organized a Cybersecurity & Privacy Forum with the theme of "Bridging Research & Practice." In this event, technology, business, and legal experts presented a panel discussion on bridging research and practice in cybersecurity and privacy. Panelists included Patrick Carrick, Department of Homeland Security; Casey Evans, Kogod School of Business; Jules Polonetsky, Future of Privacy Forum; and Anthony Vance, Fox School of Business at Temple University.  The forum also featured a keynote by cybersecurity expert Professor Joe Valacich, Eller College of Management at The University of Arizona, who discussed how sensory data collected by human interface devices such as keyboards, mice, touch pads, and touch screens can be used for insider threat detection.
    Read recap of the event at Kogod News.
  • On July 17, 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a new report on "Open Data By Design: Realizing a Vision for 21st Century Research", which introduces a framework of “open science by design” that aims to foster openness - on publications, data, methodologies, algorithms, and code - from end to end in the research process. This report was produced by the National Academies Committee on Toward an Open Science Enterprise, of which Dr. Heng Xu, KCGC Director, is a member.
    Read the press release.
    Read the NASEM report.
  • On July 1, 2018, Dr. Heng Xu joined the Kogod School of Business, American University, as a Professor of Information Technology and Analytics and the Director of KCGC.
    Read more on Kogod News.


  • Yale Law School hosted KCGC Director Rebekah Lewis as a panelist at the conference "Hijacking Information: Software Vulnerabilities, Ransomware, and Law." Lewis's panel discussed recent data breaches caused by unpatched vulnerabilities from a regulation perspective covering the role of law and policy.
    Read about the event.
    Watch the panel.
  • Lawfare published a piece by KCGC Director Rebekah Lewis, "The Equifax Breach: Getting From Talk to Organized Response," highlighting the need to leverage the Cybersecurity Framework developed by NIST in discussions about the Equifax breach.
    Read the article.
  • KCGC Director Rebekah Lewis contributed to AFCEA's "International Cyber" discussion as panelist at the 2017 Homeland Security Conference.
    Read about the event.
  • "Ransomware: Tax Compliance Issues for a New Reality," a paper co-authored by KSB Professor Don Williamson with support from KCGC, was recently published by Bloomberg BNA. The paper explored the tax consequences of ransomware payments and the tax implications of the growing ransomware threat.
    Download as PDF.
  • Bill DeLone, KCGC co-Founder and Senior Advisor, spoke at "Network Wars," a program part of Communication Week at Ca' Foscari University of Venice. DeLone outlined effective cybersecurity governance strategies and discussed the value of adopting the Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) as the foundation of a sound cybersecurity governance program.
  • KCGC served as a key contributor to the SANS Institute's 2017 Security Awareness Report. The KCGC team, including student research assistants, was also invited to participate in SANS webcasts related to the report's release and to present at the annual Security Awareness Summit.
    See the 2017 Security Awareness Report.
    Watch the webcast.
  • KCGC launched the KCGC Faculty Fellows program with seven inaugural Fellows. Congratulations to Mark Clark, Parthiban David, Augustine Duru, Alberto Espinosa, Casey Evans, Gwanhoo Lee and Ayman Omar.
  • KCGC Deputy Director Rebekah Lewis spoke on a panel related to governance and enterprise risk management at the 2017 NIST CSF Workshop. The workshop focused on the proposed updates in version 1.1 of the CSF.
    See version 1.1 of the CSF.
    Watch the main workshop sessions.
  • KCGC co-hosted "Resilient Cybersecurity Operations for Today and Tomorrow" with A.T. Kearney. A review of some of the key insights drawn from this discussion are covered in June's KCGC | In Practice "Reality Check - Managing Cybersecurity Risk in the Supply Chain."
    Read more at KCGC | In Practice
  • KCGC co-sponsored and participated in "Cybersecurity in an Age of Uncertainty: US-Israel Perspectives," a two-day conference exploring cutting-edge US-Israeli cyberpolicy issues, including cyber theft prevention and response.
    Watch the Keynote and the Panel discussions: Morning and Afternoon.
  • KCGC co-hosted a workshop with AIG and Axio on cyber risk featuring discussions on how to evaluate cyber risk exposure, the maturity of cyber defense and response and the financial viability of recovering from an event.
    Watch the workshop.
    Read more at KCGC | In Practice.
    Read about the event.
  • "What's Working in Washington" hosts KCGC Deputy Director Rebekah Lewis for a discussion on corporate accountability and cybersecurity.
    Listen to the story and read more.


  • KCGC Deputy Director Rebekah Lewis delivers keynote address, "The Digital Economy in 2017: Cybersecurity Trends, Challenges and Solutions," at the year-end event of the Digital Enterprise Lab (DEL) in Venice, Italy.
    Event announcement.
    Read more about DEL.
  • KCGC co-sponsors event bringing together regional CIOs and CISOs from the higher education sector to discuss cybersecurity program development and strategies for increasing top-level engagement.
    Read more at KCGC | In Practice.
  • KCGC Deputy Director Rebekah Lewis sits down with Federal News Radio to discuss the role of management and organizational culture in cybersecurity.
    Listen to the story.
    Read more.
  • KCGC hosts the final field hearing of the U.S. Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.
    Read about the Commission.
    Watch the hearing.
    View the press release.
  • KCGC holds student workshop entitled "What is Cybersecurity Governance and What Do You Need to Know About It?"
    View event proceedings
  • KCGC Executive Director Professor Bill DeLone talks to Federal News Radio about training the future's cyber experts.
    Listen to the story.
  • Recap of the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference on May 20, 2016 featuring a panel with Dr. William DeLone.
    Read the article.

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