Governance, Risk, and Compliance, PhD-CY

Governance, Risk, and Compliance Specialization

The Doctor of Philosophy in Cybersecurity (PhD-CY), specialization in Governance, Risk, and Compliance combines four knowledge areas to complete research or synthesize cybersecurity solutions for enterprises subject to national exposures and global threats. The combined resolution of risk, compliance, audit, and privacy will enable graduates to create enhanced solutions while limiting the need for resources. The specialization investigates current and anticipated needs and solutions within all four areas, addressing key issues for larger organizations while providing improved strategic alignment. It includes important access control and threat discovery across complex environments. The specialization includes an emphasis on preempting future losses.

Students will gain more depth in these areas:

  • Cyber Law, Oversight, and Regulations (National, State, Local)
  • Frameworks, Models, Standards, and Control for Cybersecurity
  • Evaluate the Unique Needs of Specific Industries
  • Leading Cyber Operations
  • Cyber Policy
Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
PhD-CY 60 20 40 - 44 months View Course Catalog
*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

Unmatched Flexibility
NCU offers weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, weekly assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations.

100% Doctoral Faculty
No matter the degree level you pursue, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study. 

One-to-One Engagement
You won't have to fight for face time as one of many within a classroom. At NCU, you'll have the opportunity to interact one-to-one with your professor, receiving personalized mentoring.

Learning Outcomes

  • Advance theory and practical applications of cybersecurity
  • Formulate cybersecurity governance, policy, risk, and compliance
  • Devise strategic thought leadership for challenges in cybersecurity architecture and operations
  • Assess internal and external threats and vulnerabilities to reduce organizational cyber risk
  • Evaluate tools, data, and processes to enhance protection and foster resilience
  • Facilitate the protection of critical information resources from current and future loss
  • Build on earlier technology and management degrees to work with executives to remove obstacles and preempt future losses.
  • Increase advanced consulting and large enterprise expertise.