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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.
About the course
Imperial Cyber Security Programme is a two-day course equipping non-technical managers with the knowledge to prevent, identify and manage 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 programme includes both strategic and technical modules including a hands-on exercise demonstrating what occurs when a cyber incident takes place.
- 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
Welcome & Introduction
What Executives need to know about Cyber Security Robert Hannigan, ex-Director of GCHQ The ex-Director of GCHQ will explain what cybersecurity means from a national perspective and how countries go about protecting their infrastructures from such threats. You will gain an understanding of what has been achieved so far, what remains to be done and the role that various stakeholders play in this modern security space.
Overview on Computer Systems Deeph Chana, Professor of Practice at Imperial College Business School Deeph Chana will cover some fundamental aspects of computing relevant to cybersecurity: the anatomy of a computer, how it processes information and how data is stored and retrieved. This unit is intended to provide the basis for a more comprehensive understanding of cybersecurity issues as the course progresses.
Network of Machines and the Internet Thomas Heinis, Lecturer in Data Management at Imperial College London In recent years several technologies with implications for cybersecurity – from both threat and solutions perspectives – have advanced significantly. This session will cover the fundamentals of what these technologies are about and how they relate to key aspects of cybersecurity today and in the future.
Instructing Computers Thomas Heinis, Lecturer in Data Management at Imperial College London In this session, Thomas will explore how computers are instructed to take action and do things. The concept of what coding is will be covered, with easy to follow examples, and the session will demonstrate practically how bad code can be a big problem.
Software: programmes, applications, and operating systems Thomas Heinis, Data Management Lecturer at Imperial College London Software development is both a blessing and a curse in the cybersecurity world. This session will explore some of the challenges that organisations face in this critical area.
Welcome to Day 2
Risk Analysis for Cybersecurity Deeph Chana, Professor of Practice at Imperial College Business School An overview of the key methodologies for assessing risk analysis and what organisations need to be aware of.
What AI Means for Cybersecurity Deeph Chana, Professor of Practice at Imperial College Business School The development of Machine Learning and AI technologies can lead people to believe that computers are capable of almost unlimited harm on one hand and solving any problem on the other. This session will explain what we know about the limitations of computing and the implications of this for dealing with cybersecurity problems today and in the future.
Cybersecurity Threats Deeph Chana, Professor of Practice at Imperial College Business School Having covered a good deal of background material at this point in the course, this session will delve into the types of cybersecurity threats that are faced today and how these threats manifest themselves within organisations.
Mitigating Cybersecurity Threats Jose Ribeiro, Non-Executive Director in the Insurance sector and Guest Lecturer at Imperial College Business School Security is fundamentally about understanding risk. Threats are understood through the identification of vulnerabilities, which in turn informs our understanding of the likelihood of certain attacks and their associated impacts. However, the problem of quantifying risk in cybersecurity is especially difficult and is an issue that is directly faced by the insurance industry.
Application and Peer Work Exercise Deeph Chana, Professor of Practice at Imperial College Business School
Key Takeaways and Programme Wrap Up Deeph Chana, Professor of Practice at Imperial College Business School
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...
Deeph has extensive experience of working on world leading STEM in academia, industry and government. He is Professor of Practice within Imperial's Business School, Deputy Director of the Institute for Security Science Technology and is co-founder of the UK-Goverment funded Research Institute in ...
Experienced scientist with a demonstrated history of working in the research industry and academia as leader of a research lab. Expertise in databases, data management, big data, data science, distributed data processing and distributed systems/analytics. Strong education professional with a Ph.D...
Seasoned CEO/Managing Director/Board member with a demonstrated history of working in financial services globally. Currently developing an NED portfolio in the financial services industry whilst managing personal investments and pursuing academic interests at Imperial College in London. Skilled i...
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