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Imperial College Business School

Cyber Security for Business Executives

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Jul 3—5
3 days
London, United Kingdom
GBP 3490 ≈USD 4535
GBP 1163 per day
May 6—8, 2020
3 days
London, United Kingdom
GBP 3490 ≈USD 4535
GBP 1163 per day


With digital systems playing an ever more central role in powering businesses, understanding cyber security has become fundamentally important to executives in all sectors, none more so than within industries that form a nation’s critical national infrastructure (CNI) e.g. finance, energy, health and telecoms. Available best practice guidance on cyber security encourages organisations to take a pro-active approach to increasing vigilance and implementing necessary precautions against threats. Within the leadership functions of your organisation this requires knowledge of what cyber threats are, the business contexts within which they exist, the available measures for dealing with them and the means for recovery should the worst happen. As a leader with indirect contact to the technical aspects of cyber-security, this course will equip you with the core knowledge needed to be conversant with tactical security functions within your organisation and to form informed cyber-security perspectives for strategy development.

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 the topic cyber-security, enabling you to better identify and understand the root causes of cyber risks within your business, how they might develop over time and how best to tackle them. Grasping the foundational material covered will not only enable you to have a more solid understanding of cyber risk today, but also how emerging security trends and technology issues might impact your organisation in the future. e in The course assumes pre-existing competencusing IT systems but does not require previous experience in the fundamentals of how computers work, programming or a detailed knowledge of cyber security.

Content Outline

This short-course will aim to bridge strategic considerations of cyber-security and the more technical aspects of the subject. 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 to an organisation. You will leave with a much better grasp of what hacking an organisation’s systems might entail and how to be better prepared to handle such risk.

Topics include:

  • Fundamentals of how computing systems operate – coding, applications and programs
  • Networks and communication – how systems interact with each other
  • Data – how is it generated, stored and analysed
  • Complexity and inter-relationship of systems – how technology is deployed in an organisation
  • Cyber-security – understanding vulnerabilities, threats and risks
  • Securing your infrastructure from attack
  • The future role of ‘non-technical’ management in delivering cyber-security
  • What do emerging topics like AI and blockchain mean for cyber-security – more problems or solutions?

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
  • Develop an understanding of the strategic and technical components 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 in cyber-security

Cyber Security Course Content

This programme explores the security of financial systems, an area of research currently being developed at the ISST. Participants will develop an understanding of cyber and physical threats – both malicious and those caused by internal system fault or human error – and explore the considerations, processes and mechanisms for protecting against unintended or unauthorised access.

Who should attend

Executives with decision making power in industries with significant cyber-security exposure, particularly those involved in CNI sectors e.g. financial services, energy, telecoms, health, government.


Paul has led the delivery of some of the most demanding national security programmes in the UK, operating at the very highest levels of government. He is uniquely qualified to understand the evolving threat environment, as well as having an exceptional track record of driving and delivering chang...
Auriol is currently the Global IT Director of the Applied Technology Group at Unilever. The group brings expertise on the application of technology to new and existing business models, working globally with the IT leaders from each Geography within which the company operates. Reporting to the Glo...
Robert Hannigan 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 Prime Minister’s Security Adviser. He is Executive Chairman (Europe) of BlueVoyant, the global cybe...
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