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Cybersecurity for Managers: A Playbook

Jun 27—Aug 28
USD 2800
Aug 29—Oct 16
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Oct 30—Dec 17
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Minimizing cybercrime damage and disruption is not just the responsibility of the IT department; it’s every employee's job. There are managerial, strategic, and financial considerations in becoming cybersecure. This new online program helps you create a playbook with actionable next steps towards creating a more cyber-aware culture.

This program is delivered in collaboration with Emeritus

When a security breach happens, the disruption and damage can vary widely. But one thing is for certain: the effects ripple through the entire organization, often having significant operational and financial implications. Creating a cybersecure organization is a necessary goal today. Decisions about cybersecurity have implications throughout your organization—not only for technology-focused teams, but for every team. Sophisticated phishing schemes, ransomware, and data breaches are on the rise, and their level of complexity is increasing. Therefore, all of us have a role to play in keeping our organization secure.

Based on our highly-rated in-person course, Cybersecurity Leadership for Non-Technical Executives, this online program will teach you:

  • How to select and use the right frameworks to enhance cybersecurity decision-making in your organization
  • How to assess risk, improve defenses, and reduce vulnerabilities in your organization
  • How to speak the language of cybersecurity to enable informed conversations with your technology teams and colleagues, and ensure your organization is as cybersecure as possible


Upon completion of the program, participants will be equipped with:

  • A framework that provides a strategic view of an organization’s cybersecurity risk management, including management mechanisms you can put in place immediately
  • A playbook with actionable next steps for improving a culture of cyber awareness within your organization
  • The language and vocabulary to support informed conversation with your CISO, CTO, and other technology leaders
  • An appreciation of how decisions made by technologists may affect the business landscape within your organization
  • An awareness of the leading approaches to managing cybersecurity, including 'defense in depth' and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework
  • A practical interpretation of the tradeoffs between security and privacy, and a method for understanding your organization's priorities


This program integrates rich, interactive media including videos and a simulation, as well as traditional components such as individual assignments. The program design facilitates collaborative learning through discussion forums and live office hours. This results in an enhanced peer network that delivers value long after the program ends.

Orientation Module - Welcome to Your Online Campus

Receive an overview of the learning platform, including how to access videos, engage in discussion groups, submit application exercises, and contact your delivery support team.

Module One - Understanding the Threat Landscape

Gain an overview of the key concepts and practices in cybersecurity.

  • Dispel common myths such as 'cybersecurity is just an IT problem'
  • Cyber safety: applying accident research to prevent cyber incidents
  • IoT: how expanding connectedness opens the door to cyber threats

Module Two - Organizing Cyber Management Priorities: The NIST framework

Use the High-Tek Sensors case to learn about the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and apply key concepts to individual organizations.

  • Interactive case study: High-Tek Sensors (manufacturing)
  • NIST Cybersecurity Framework
  • Applying NIST to your organization

Module Three - Measuring Risk Exposure

Identify risk and use frameworks for measuring risk.

  • Overview of risk management practices
  • Qualitative and quantitative frameworks for measuring risk
  • Cyber insurance: risk transfer

Module Four - Improving Defenses with Systems and Technology

Learn the basics of cybersecurity resource allocation and the concept of ‘defense in depth’.

  • Vulnerabilities and security
  • Simulation of cybersecurity funds budgeting
  • Interview with a cloud cybersecurity expert on ‘defense in depth’

Module Five - Building a Culture of Cybersecurity

Learn about management mechanisms for influencing cybersecurity culture within organizations.

  • The Cybersecurity Culture Model
  • Interactive case study: insurance company
  • Practical steps for achieving organizational security

Module Six - Exploring Ethics in Cybersecurity

Understand important tradeoffs between security and privacy.

  • Considerations of ethics in cybersecurity using the Apple-FBI controversy as an example
  • Faculty roundtable discussion

Who should attend

This online program is for business leaders, genera l managers, and executives looking to build an action plan for a more cyber resilient organization. Technology and business consultants and others acting as liaisons between technology and business units will also benefit.

Industry examples cited in the program include: Technology

  • Financial services
  • Insurance industry
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Telecommunications
  • Government organizations


Michael Siegel is a Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management and is currently the Co-Director of the PROductivity from Information Technology (PROFIT) Project.  Siegel’s research interests include the integration and use of information from multiple and the use of modeli...
Stuart Madnick is the John Norris Maguire Professor of Information Technologies at the MIT Sloan School of Management, a Professor of Engineering Systems at the MIT School of Engineering, and the Founding Director of Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan: the Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Criti...
Keri Pearlson is the Executive Director of the Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan: The Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (IC)3 at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Pearlson has held positions in academia and industry including Babson College, The Univers...

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Jun 27—Aug 28
USD 2800
Aug 29—Oct 16
USD 2800
Oct 30—Dec 17
USD 2800
+4 more options

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