Cybersecurity Leadership for Non-Technical Executives


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Cyber risk and cybersecurity are a source of frustration for executives and government officials who spend inordinate time and worry trying to protect their data from sophisticated phishing schemes, ransomware, and state-sponsored hacking. However, cybersecurity issues are not purely a technology problem—they are multi-headed hydras that need to be addressed with a multi-disciplinary approach.

This cybersecurity course is not intended to provide guidance on IT infrastructure or troubleshooting, rather it focuses on the humanistic and managerial aspects of cybersecurity. As a participant in this course, you will be provided with a framework of managerial protocols to follow, resulting in a personalized playbook with actionable next steps towards creating a more cyber-aware culture within your organization.

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Cybersecurity Leadership for Non-Technical Executives
Certificate Track: Management and Leadership
Location: Live Online
Tuition: $4,100
Program Days (for ACE Credit) 2

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On the surface, a ransomware attack that effectively locks up your organization’s data is a technical one: Can the data be unlocked, and how fast? But embedded within cyber risk and cybersecurity are a host of management problems as well, including decisions about whether to pay the ransom, how your organization should operate if its data remains locked, how to talk to the media, and whether new policies are required to respond to similar issues in the future.

In today’s landscape of escalating cybercrime, mitigating cyber risk is not the Chief Information Security Officer’s responsibility alone—it is everyone’s job. Getting ahead of hackers and other security risks requires the active engagement of non-technical management, as well as an overall commitment to building a cybersecurity culture within your enterprise.

Cybersecurity Leadership for Non-Technical Executives provides leaders and managers with frameworks and best practices for managing cybersecurity-related risk separate from the specialized IT infrastructure typically associated with this topic. Course content includes lectures, highly interactive discussions, and case studies related to:

  • Overall cybersecurity awareness
  • The role of non-tech leaders in cybersecurity management
  • Actionable ideas to increase cyber resilience
  • How to measure the organization's cyber-safety level—and how it is changing over time
  • How to speak the language of cybersecurity to enable informed conversations with your technology teams and colleagues, and ensure your organization is as cybersecure as possible

Key concepts from the various learning modules are cumulatively combined into a personalized action plan – a playbook – of what to do next and how to manage various stakeholders throughout your organization. This will also enable you to have more informed conversations with your CISO or other technology leaders regarding cyberthreat management.

The cybersecurity course also draws from the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework for policy and management planning—a flexible and cost-effective approach to protecting critical infrastructure.


Participant Testimonial

"Perfect course for business leaders in search of a holistic approach to understanding and addressing cybersecurity topics. Interactive class experience leveraging cases, frameworks and first-hand experience of faculty and participants alike. Fireside chat session very engaging." - Sebastien G.

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