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Unprecedented and constant rates of change have forced organizations to alter and adapt their practices, including the acceleration of their digital transformations. Criminals know this and have taken advantage. As a result, we have seen an exceptional rise in cyber crime – an increase that will get worse before it improves. This course will prepare boards and directors to meet the challenges relating to effective oversight of cybersecurity within their organizations, ensuring that data, customers, employees, stakeholders and enterprise value are all protected.

Who Should Participate?

This program is ideal for directors of all industries and organization types looking to enhance their contributions to board discussions and decision-making around cybersecurity threats. Technical expertise is not required.

Key Benefits

  • After completing all components of the course, participants will:
    • Understand the landscape of cybersecurity threats including increased exposure from: 
      • Cloud migration and computing
      • Remote workforces
      • IT controls
      • Shadow IT
      • Cyber criminals’ targeting of employees and board members
      • Expediting of new vendor relationships
      • Increased online interactions and reliance on new platforms
    • Learn how best to evaluate their organization’s cyber maturity and existing cybersecurity programs and where/how they must evolve.
    • Learn how to engage productively with the Chief Information Officer, Chief Information Security Officer and other senior members of management.
    • Develop a checklist of questions to ask management around cybersecurity planning, vulnerabilities and risk appetite.
    • Appreciate how the nature of cyber-threats will evolve.
    • Qualify for 8 CEUs toward the annual requirement to retain their ICD.D designation
    Participants will gain key insights and a robust understanding of cybersecurity risks. They will develop confidence and the necessary skills to make valuable contributions and enhance decision making in the boardroom, ultimately mitigating the impacts of existing and emerging cyber risks.


This program uses a blended online learning structure that weaves together best practices in adult education with opportunities to engage with peers.

  • The structure includes:


    1. Independent online learning (four to six hours) This is a critical component of the course (and includes videos, readings, and more). It will prepare participants for effective participation in the live session and ensure they are ready to apply learnings from the course to their board work. The required independent learning should be completed prior to the live session. It is meant to be completed at a pace that works best for each participant.

    2. Live, instructor-led session (approximately four hours)
      This instructor-led online session will focus on the application of concepts covered through the independent learning. Attendance at the live session is required for successful course completion. The live session may include class discussions, breakout group discussions and exercises, Q & A with the instructor, and  simulations.

    3. Supplemental resources and tools
      Participants will receive supplemental resources to augment the required components of their independent learning packages.

    4. Learning sustainment and engagement opportunities
      Following course completion, participants will be invited to join an Alumni Portal, becoming part of a community where they gain access to tools and resources to help apply course learnings in real-life settings. They will also have opportunities to engage in discussion forums with course peers to exchange questions, ideas and experiences and apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills.

Course Offerings

    City Course Application Deadline Live session  Time
    Online CYB 15 October 10, 2023  October 31, 2023 10 am -2:15 p.m. ET 
    Online CYB 16 May 21, 2024 June 12, 2024 10 am -2:15 p.m. ET 


Michael Parent, PhD, ICD.D Headshot