Cyber security course overview
Imperial Cyber Security Programme is a two-day course equipping non-technical managers with the knowledge to prevent, identify and manage data & cybersecurity risks. The course combines insights from business, government, regulation and technical domains to provide a holistic view of cyber security for decision-makers.
Drawing on Imperial’s extensive expertise in cyber security plus the experience of business and government thought leaders, this training programme includes both strategic and technical modules including a hands-on exercise demonstrating what occurs when a cyber incident takes place.
Who should attend?
The course is designed for mid to senior-level executives working in professional industries such as financial services, energy, telecoms, health, consultancies, and government. A basic level of understanding into IT systems is assumed however no further technical or coding skills are required.
Gain a holistic understanding of cyber security: people, processes, and technology
Understanding of different types of cyber vulnerability and how these relate to risks to your business
Gain an enhanced understanding of how cyber security is likely to evolve in the future
Establish a strong knowledge base for continued learning beyond the course
Overview, Expectations & Introductions
Russell Miller, Director of Learning Solutions and Innovation at Imperial College London
An introduction to the course, each-other, and exploration of what you would like to achieve as a group. We will aim to tailor content over the following days to hit the points of interest we identify in this session.
Cyber Security: A Global Perspective for Executives and Decision Makers
Robert Hannigan, Former Director General at GCHQ
We will discuss the reasons behind why cyber-security has become an issue of geopolitical importance and how governments and industries are facing the challenge. We will highlight why organisations of all sizes have to consider cyber-security threats in a global context.
Cyber Security: Technical Fundamentals
Deeph Chana, Co-Director, Institute for Security Science and Technology at Imperial College London
Before understanding cyber-security threats we have to understand the ways in which computing systems are vulnerable. In this session, we will discuss the composite parts of modern computing systems work and reveal the numerous ways in which they are vulnerable. This will lay the foundations for understanding various cyber security threats. We will cover the ideas of vulnerability, threats, and risks.
Cyber Security: Risks and Threats
Sergio Maffeis, Department of Computing at Imperial College London
Building on the previous lecture we will explore specific cyber security threats that exist in the world today and explain how they work. This session will talk about the vast interconnectivity of computing systems today and reveal how data and physical systems are at risk from cyber attacks.
Machine Learning: Threat or Opportunity
Florian Pouchet, Head of Operational Resilience and Cyber-security UK at Wavestone
In this session, we will discuss the impact that machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) has had on cyber security and the role this technology is set to play in the future with respect to security. We will cover how ML and AI are technologies have the potential to be used for both defensive and offensive cyber-security purposes.
Misinformation and the manipulation of truth
Julio Amador Diaz Lopez, Research Fellow at Imperial College Business School
Cyber technology is increasingly being used to manipulate narratives and generate fake news. This session will reveal the extent to which this fascinating and subtle area of cyber security has become a problem and the technical means by which such misinformation is generated. We will also explore research that is being undertaken to counter fake news and to identify truth from fiction.
Cyber risk management
Jose Ribeiro, Former Head of International at Lloyd’s of London
Understanding risk is a core feature of insurance and the insurance industry, but cyber security poses a unique challenge. The highly dynamic way in which threats develop and evolve together with the difficulties of understanding the likelihood and impact of their occurrence means that pricing this risk is fraught with problems. In this session, a highly experienced practitioner in the field will discuss how the market is dealing with cyber security risk and where improvements need to be made.
Consolidation and wrap-up
A chance to draw everything together with the course directors.
Deeph has extensive experience of working on world-leading STEM in academia, industry and government and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Imperial College Executive Education programmes. He is the Director of the Cyber Security Programme and Professor of Practice within Imperial College Business School. Deeph is also Deputy Director of the Institute for Security Science Technology, co-founder of the UK-Government funded Research Institute in Trustworthy Industrial Control Systems and Imperial's FinTech Network of Excellence.
Robert was Director of GCHQ, the UK’s largest intelligence and cyber security agency, from 2014-17 and recently retired from government after 20 years in national security roles, including the Prime Minister’s Security Adviser. He is the Executive Chairman (Europe) of BlueVoyant, the global cyber security services company, and a Senior Adviser to McKinsey & Co. Robert established the UK National Cyber Security Centre as part of GCHQ in 2016 and was responsible for the UK’s first cyber strategy in 2009. He is a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center, Harvard, and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, London.
Jose Ribeiro is a seasoned CEO, managing director, and board member with a demonstrated history of working in financial services globally. He is currently developing a non-executive director portfolio in the financial services industry whilst managing personal investments and pursuing academic interests.
Julio Amador Diaz Lopez
Julio holds a PhD in economics from the University of Essex. His area of expertise is applied machine learning (ML). Julio has held different research positions, both in the UK and abroad, and is now a research associate at Imperial Business Analytics, a laboratory held together by Imperial College’s Data Science Institute and Business School. His research includes big-data studies of online political participation and applying ML to categorize public opinion and automatically identifying fake news. Julio is currently dedicated to the study of misinformation.