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Cyber Security for Business Executives

Course Overview

With digital systems playing an increasingly central role in powering businesses, understanding cyber security has become fundamentally important to executives in all sectors: particularly within industries that are integral to critical national infrastructure (CNI). Best practice advice encourages organisations to take a pro-active approach to dealing with cyber-security, but often stops short of providing detail on relevant threats, how to view them in the context of a business, available and emerging solutions and the way risks are likely to evolve in the future. As a leader in business, this course will equip you with the knowledge needed to better connect with technical security functions within an organisation and the skills needed to consider business decisions and strategy, whilst taking account of security implications.

Drawing on Imperial’s extensive expertise and experience in this area, industry-leading experts and relevant case studies, this programme will build core knowledge on cyber-security, enabling you to better identify and understand the root causes of cyber risks within a business, how risks evolve over time and how best to mange them. Grasping the foundational material covered will not only enable you to have a more solid understanding of cyber risk today, but also how global emerging security trends and technology issues might impact organisations in the future.

Who should attend this course?

Professionals working in industries with significant cyber-security exposure, particularly those involved in CNI sectors e.g. financial services, energy, telecoms, health, government. This course assumes a working level knowledge of using IT systems, but does not require previous experience in the fundamentals of computing, programming or a detailed knowledge of cyber security.

Programme Content

This unique short accelerator course will aim to bridge strategic considerations of cyber security to the more technical aspects of the topic. Importantly, you will be quickly familiarised with core topics in digital technology systems – stripping away unnecessary complexity – and shown how these relate to your business environment. The course begins with fundamental material on computing and builds on this so that you develop a solid understanding of how digital-systems may fail or be compromised and what the impact of cyber security events might be. You will leave with a much better grasp of what hacking an organisation’s systems might entail and how to be better prepared for such an event.

Topics include:

  • Fundamentals of how computing systems operate – coding, applications and programs
  • Networks, communication and interconnectivity – how cyber systems interact with each other
  • Data – how it is generated, stored and analysed
  • Cyber-security – understanding vulnerabilities, threats and risks
  • Challenges and options for securing your infrastructure from attack
  • Management of cyber-security risk — technology, people and processes
  • What do disruptive trends like AI and blockchain mean for cyber-security – more problems or solutions?

Benefits for you:

  • The ability to make informed business decisions that directly or indirectly involve cyber-security
  • The ability to identify situations where cyber-security is a strategic issue for your business
  • An understanding of cyber-security in the context of what you do — ie why you should care
  • An understanding of cyber-security risk built on fundamentals; going beyond the superficial

Benefits for your organisation:

  • Leadership expertise in a topic of ever increasing importance
  • Increased ability to manage evolving cyber-security risks
  • Increased business resilience
  • Market differentiation

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the core technology concepts that apply across cyber-security
  • A deeper understanding of different types of cyber vulnerability and how these might relate to risks to your business
  • Strategic and technical aspects needed for your organisation to manage cyber-security risks: processes, people and technology
  • Understand the role that ‘hot topics’ like encryption, AI and blockchain play in cyber-security
  • Improve your ability to engage with cyber-security strategy formulation
  • An enhanced understanding of how cyber-security is likely to evolve in the future
  • Establish a strong knowledge base for continued learning and tracking of cyber-security issues

Welcome & Introduction

What Executives need to know about Cyber Security

Overview on Computer Systems

Expert View
Head of IT

Lunch will be provided

Instructing Computers

Expert View
Chief Technology Officer

IT Management Simulation: Cyber Attack!

Software: programmes, applications, and operating systems

Expert View
Head of Engineering Services

What AI means for Cyber Security

Lunch will be provided

The network of Machines and the Internet

Expert View
Chief Information and Security Officer

Cybersecurity Threats

Expert View
Former Hacker

Cybersecurity Threats (2/2)

Hacking Exercise Intro

Lunch will be provided

Hacking Exercise

Mitigating Cyber Risk

Key Takeaways and Closing

Contact us

jose caeiro do rosario

José Rosário

Director of Business Development

Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 3772


Key course info

3 days
Imperial College Business School

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