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The COVID-19 pandemic has upended business operations across all facets of the economy. From the unprecedented prevalence of remote work, to ongoing shifts in consumer behaviour, organizations have been forced to innovate and adapt rapidly.

This unprecedented change has also come at a cost: increased exposure to cyber-threats. As a result, boards find themselves needing to be increasingly proactive in their oversight of cyber-resiliency. Oversight of Cybersecurity in an Era of Digital Acceleration will deepen directors’ understanding of the current cyber-threat environment, equipping them to make better decisions in the boardroom.

Current Offerings

  • At this time, there are no active course offerings for Oversight of Cybersecurity in an Era of Digital Acceleration. The new academic year will commence on September 1, 2022; please check back regularly for future offerings on this program.


  • Participants will:

    • Understand the landscape of cybersecurity threats brought on, changed or amplified by the pandemic, including increased exposure from:

      • Remote workforces

      • Erosion of existing IT controls

      • Shadow IT

      • Use of unsecured wi-fi networks and personal devices to access company data

      • Cyber criminals’ targeting of employees and board members

      • Expediting of new vendor relationships

      • Increased online interactions and reliance on new platforms

    • Understand the new data privacy risks resulting from altered business operations and increasingly stringent and aggressively enforced privacy laws and regulations

    • Learn how best to evaluate existing cybersecurity programs and where/how they must evolve

    • Determine 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 may evolve as the pandemic continues to unfold


Participants will gain key insights and a robust understanding of the cybersecurity risks brought on, altered or augmented by the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 potential cyber risks.


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 aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Technical expertise is not required.


This program uses a blended online learning model that weaves together best practices in adult education with creative networking opportunities.

  • The model includes:

    Independent online learning (three to four hours)

    Comprised of e-learning modules, videos, webinars, podcasts, readings, polls and more, independent learning enables participants to work through material at the time and pace that best suits their individual needs. It also allows for content to be broken into shorter, more digestible sections, and delivered in multiple formats to appeal to different preferences.

    Live, instructor-led session (approximately four hours)

    This instructor-led online session will focus on the application of concepts covered through independent learning. The live session might include class discussions, breakout group discussions and exercises, Q & A with instructors and other experts, simulations, live interactive panel discussions, live polling and online chats.

    Supplemental resources and tools

    Participants may receive supplemental resources to augment the required components of their independent learning packages.

    Learning sustainment and engagement opportunities

    Following course completion, participants will be invited to join an Alumni Portal, becoming part of a community of practice 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 that will round out their newly acquired knowledge and skills.


Michael Parent, MBA, PhD, ICD.D Headshot