Students who choose the CCIS PhD in Information Assurance program gain:
- A strong technical foundation plus interdisciplinary curriculum focused on policy and social science perspectives
- A natural pathway to a research-focused career for Master of Science in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity students and college graduates interested in research
- Broad faculty expertise drawing from CCIS and Northeastern’s electrical and computer engineering, criminal justice, and social sciences programs
- Depth in information assurance research thanks to a wide range of research opportunities
- Experience at an institution designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in both information assurance education and research by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security
- Access to the Institute of Information Assurance (IIA), an interdisciplinary research center overseen by both CCIS and the College of Engineering. IIA was the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant to train the country’s next generation cyber corps
- The advantage of studying in the Boston area, world renowned for academic and research excellence and home to some of the nation’s largest Department of Defense contractors. Prestigious government and independent labs, such as MIT Lincoln Lab, MITRE, and Draper Lab, are also located in and around Boston.
Our program is affiliated with the International Secure Systems Lab, a collaboration between European and US researchers focused on web security, malware and vulnerability analysis, intrusion detection, and other computer security issues. We are also the lead institution in the ALERT Center, a multi-university Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence involved in research, education, and technology related to threats from explosives.