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[TEST] Oxford Cyber Security for Business Leaders


Gain strategic insight and actionable knowledge to create a cyber-resilient organisation.


PROGRAMME STARTS: 14 October 2020
LENGTH: Orientation + 6 weeks, Self-Paced Online Learning
EFFORT: 7-10 hours per week

PRICE: £2,350 GBP
UNIVERSITY: Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Why Study Cyber Security?

Cyber security represents one of an organisation’s thorniest risk challenges - and one of its biggest opportunities for competitive advantage.

As the Covid-19 crisis speeds digital adoption across the globe, cyber attacks have grown apace in frequency, complexity and sophistication, wreaking business disruption and sowing distrust.

Oxford Cyber Security for Business Leaders, a new, online course designed by the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, arms business leaders from all industries with the deep knowledge to understand cyber’s challenges and potential, empowering them to make the strategic decisions needed to secure their organisation’s cyber-resilient future.

72% jump the cost of cybercrime from 2014-2019


$6 trillion what cyber crime will cost the world annually by 2021

(Cybersecurity Ventures)

$2.09 million net savings on average for a company implementing AI, automation and machine learning cyber security tools


Who is this programme for?

This online course is aimed at business leaders and managers in all industries who want a strategic grounding and actionable insight into the rapidly-shifting cyber security landscape. Oxford Cyber Security for Business Leaders will break down the latest issues and topics to examine their impact and implications. Learners will leave feeling confident that they can apply these strategic learnings to build a cyber-resilient business - in both their current and future roles.

Learning Experience

The course curriculum provides an expansive survey of cyber, from the basics of cyber hygiene to advanced and adjacent topics that include multiparty computation (MPC), personal privacy using distributed ledgers, and biometrics. Learners will explore new software architecture to gain insights without exposing data, as well as how to take advantage of new cyber opportunities.



Learners will form teams to discuss programme materials and problem-solve together.

Applied Learning through

Cyber Games

Teams will apply and reinforce their learning by playing cyber defence games.

Guidance from Programme

Instructors and Tutors

Discuss and learn from world-class instructors and tutors.

Smarter, More Engaging Learning and Teamwork with our AI Coach

Oxford Cyber Security for Business Leaders takes online learning to the next level, with programme completion reaching over 90% with previous learners. Built on our proprietary platform, it taps into a proven method of effective learning by placing learners into small teams working through problem-solving exercises. Our dynamic AI coaching guides your remote team to work better together, keeping the team focused through online cues and personalised feedback to improve information flow and the exchange of ideas.

Programme Content

MODULE 1: Cyber Foundations I

Examine current cyber trends and learn the basics of keeping your business safe in our digital world. Analyse recent cyber attacks and explore mitigation options as part of a team. Begin identifying cyber challenges with an innovative, consumer-centric mindset.

MODULE 2: Cyber Foundations II

Build skills to reimagine your business in a rapidly changing world. Gain an understanding of core cyber concepts such as identity, verification, access, biometrics, trust, and security by design. Analyse new threats. Team Activity: As part of your team, explore ways to outthink the competition and address cyber challenges in creative ways.

MODULE 3: Advanced Cyber Concepts

Dive deeper into the challenging issues of digital privacy, data governance, and the self-sovereignty of data. Explore new business opportunities in the data-driven world, and shift your mindset toward the cyber future. Team Activity: Exercise collaboration and leadership skills as your team responds to a simulated cyber attack.

MODULE 4: Responsible Innovation I: Self-Sovereignty and Identity

Confront cyber issues with complex technical and social implications, such as net neutrality, cyber inclusion, digital identity, and artificial intelligence. Learn about cutting edge developments around tokenizing access and biometric identity solutions. Team Activity: Refine your team’s proposed venture with a staged innovation plan.

MODULE 5: Responsible Innovation II: Cyber Ethics and Impact

Explore the ethical dimensions of the new cyber world, and how to innovate responsibly for the benefit of all. Exercise persuasion skills to position your cyber venture for positive future impact. Team Activity: Apply all you’ve learned with your team in a second, more complex, cyber attack simulation.

MODULE 6: Cyber Opportunity

Complete the programme with an idea that you can pursue to create a safer, fairer and more profitable cyber future. Team Finale: Discuss your team’s venture proposal and share insights with industry experts.

"How can disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence, biometrics, big data, and blockchain establish themselves positively? Along the way, what can be done to ensure that we carry consumers with us on our journey and advance trust in innovation? We need to address not only the risks, but also the potential for good."

- David Shrier, Programme Director, Oxford Cyber Security for Business Leaders

Programme Faculty

Our programme faculty brings together thought leaders from the University of Oxford with industry experts, to facilitate rapid application of theory to practice.

David Shrier

Programme Director, Oxford Cyber Security for Business Leaders
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

David Shrier is a globally recognised authority on financial innovation, and has dual academic appointments at MIT and Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. In addition to Oxford Cyber Security for Business Leaders, he created and leads the Oxford Fintech and Oxford Blockchain Strategy programmes. David advises corporations and governments on innovation and applications of technologies such as AI, blockchain, big data, and cyber security systems. His books include New Solutions for Cybersecurity, Trusted Data, and Basic Blockchain.

Luciano Floridi
Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, and Director of the Digital Ethics Lab, University of Oxford

Ivan Martinovic
Professor of Computer Science, University of Oxford

Pinar Ozcan
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Alex “Sandy” Pentland
Visiting Professor, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT

Martin Schmalz
Associate Professor of Finance, University of Oxford

Andrew White
Associate Dean for Executive Education, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Earning a Certificate

Upon successful completion of the programme, and with a verified ID, you will earn a certificate from the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

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