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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

  • City Course
    Instructor Led 
    Online  CYB 005
    Morning Session
    June 22, 2021
    9:00am - 12:00pm EST

    June 29, 2021
    9:00am -10:00am EST

    Currently accepting waitlist applications.
    Please contact Kristin Walcott-Dass at

    CYB 006 

    June 22, 2021
    2:00pm - 5:00om EST

    June 29, 2021
    2:00pm-3:00pm EST
    Currently accepting waitlist applications. Please contact Kristin Walcott-Dass at


  • 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


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 (up to three 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 three 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.

    Peer group exchange (approximately one hour)

    With small participant groups, facilitated online peer exchange will enable learners to build meaningful connections with peers, and exchange ideas and experiences that flesh out newly acquired knowledge and skills.

    Learning sustainment tools and resources

    Following course completion, participants may receive follow-up resources – such as recommended reading materials, videos, webinars, portals, courses and self-directed peer exchange. These resources help course alumni maintain up-to-date knowledge and feel engaged as part of the ICD community.


  • 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.



Michael Parent, MBA, PhD, ICD.D Headshot