Cyber Risk & Strategy Certification

Get certified to oversee cyber risk & strategy with Diligent Institute, the leading provider of board education.

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About the program

With increased pressure from regulators for board members to upskill in cybersecurity, now is the time to build your competency. Currently, only 12% of the S&P 500 board members have experience as cyber security professionals according to research from Diligent Institute and Night Dragon highlighting the need for major transformation.

The Diligent Cyber Risk & Strategy Certification teaches cyber literacy for corporate directors to effectively govern significant enterprise-wide cyber risks and have meaningful conversations with management.

Delve into five courses, including a cybersecurity-simulated tabletop exercise, packed full of curated content, stimulating videos from experts, reflection exercises and quizzes. Then, complete the examination and continue to join monthly virtual roundtables to reinforce your learning. The program is expected to take approximately 15 hours to complete.

Cyber Cert

Benefits of enrolling

Enroll your board and management team to develop cybersecurity literacy and competency across the organization.

Regulatory requirements

Meet the SEC’s cybersecurity rules requiring public companies to describe the board’s oversight of cyber risks and management’s role and expertise in assessing and managing cyber risk.

Skills gap

Meet the SEC’s cybersecurity rules requiring public companies to describe the board’s oversight of cyber risks and management’s role and expertise in assessing and managing cyber risk.

CISA recommended training

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recommends this program to help organizations find a way to educate board members on cyber literacy.

Enterprise risk management

Enhance enterprise risk management of cybersecurity by learning tools for effective governance of significant enterprise-wide cyber risks.

Accreditation

Designed to NASBA standards, offering on average 14 hours CLE credits and 8 CPE credits.

Shareholder demands

Address shareholder demands and get ready for proxy season to disclosre your further education.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the breadth and complexity of the cyber risk landscape and regulatory environment.
  • Become aware of cyber risk assessments and key enterprise risk management frameworks, such as the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.
  • Identify effective cyber risk management strategies and common technical tools and controls.
  • Become effective at overseeing cyber and digital strategies, including the risks and opportunities inherent in emerging technologies.
  • Become more confident embracing your role in cyber risk oversight as a board member, executive or other leader.
  • Identify how to respond to a cyber incident in the real world.

Courses

The program is avaliable as a self-paced e-learning experience and includes 5 courses with in-depth videos, curated readings and quizzes. You will also have access to an interactive tabletop exercise and final comprehensive exam.

This course is designed to help leaders to better understand their cyber risk exposure and responsibilities. This includes an overview of cyber risk management assessments and frameworks including NIST, integrated risk management, and enterprise risk management. This is then translated into an effective cyber risk management strategy including common technical tools and controls.

At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the concepts of cyber risk assessments and cyber risk management
  • Identify key risk management frameworks as they pertain to cybersecurity
  • Describe the importance of controls, security architecture and engineering when considering the strategy for cyber risk management

This course provides a high-level overview of the current cybersecurity risk landscape, current regulatory environment in key jurisdictions around the world, and explains the role of the board and senior management team in cyber risk oversight.

At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the current cyber risk landscape
  • Gain insight into the current regulatory environment in key jurisdictions around the world
  • Explain the role of the board and senior management team in cyber risk oversight

Explore the strategy and upside of cyber and digital including a review of emerging technologies such as blockchain and AI, security architecture and technical tools to support effective governance. Learners will also consider the board’s relationship with management and oversight structures relating to cyber risk.

At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand how best to oversee digital and cyber strategy
  • Identify various emerging technologies and the associated opportunities and risks to business
  • Understand the board’s relationship with management pertaining to cybersecurity risk oversight
  • Identify board and board committee responsibilities for cyber risk oversight

This course explores the key tools, policies and procedures outlined in a cybersecurity program that come to life during a major cyber incident. Learn about effective tools for responding to a major cyber incident and begin to consider how you would respond to an incident.

At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the key components of a mature cybersecurity program
  • Recognize the key tools and procedures essential to responding to a major cyber incident
  • Understand different levers to pull when responding to an incident

This course is designed to put your learning into practice as you participate in a simulated tabletop exercise of a cyberattack.

At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand how to work with the incident response team during a cyber incident
  • Recognize your role in responding guiding a company in responding to a cyberattack
  • Consider how you would respond in a real world scenario

Graduation

Share your Cyber Risk & Strategy Certification upon graduation.

A digital badge of honor

Proudly display your certification badge, showcasing your commitment to cyber risk & strategy excellence on LinkedIn.

Network with peers

Continue to connect with like-minded professionals from diverse industries, fostering collaboration and shared best practices.

Prestigious certification

Upon successful completion, receive a Diligent Institute Cyber Risk & Strategy certificate to elevate your professional profile.

Proxy statement language

Share your further education achievement in your next proxy statement or disclosure with sample language provided.

Accreditation

Designed to NASBA standards, offering on average 14 hours CLE credits, with CPE credits coming soon.

Shareholder demands

Address shareholder demands and get ready for proxy season to disclosre your further education.

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  • The Cyber Risk & Strategy Certification provided an excellent platform for me to understand the current landscape and equip me with the tools to fulfill my duties whether through the lens of a Board Member or as a member of management. Exiting this course I feel more confident in my ability to drive valuable outcomes in the event of a cyber incident.

    Jessica P. Ross

    Chief Financial Officer

    Frontdoor, inc

  • The Diligent Cyber Risk & Certification is an excellent means by which directors can gain knowledge about cyber security risks as well as the processes an organization should take to best protect itself as well as its employees and customers from cyber attacks. The certification course contains excellent videos from some of the most experienced cyber security experts in the country and provides current information including regulations in existence as well as those that are on the cusp of being implemented. I would recommend this course to any Director wishing to gain more knowledge and being informed about the Director’s role regarding cyber-security.

    Dr. Patricia D. Galloway

    Chair

    Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.

  • I found a lot of value in this course, and particularly liked the tabletop exercise simulation.

    LouAnn Conner

    Founder CEO

    SagaciousThink, LLC

  • The Diligent Institute Cyber Risk & Strategy Certification program is brimming with excellent knowledge, tips, guides and downloadable content vital to ensuring the participant is confident and helpful in guiding the board and company through meaningful preparation, monitoring and crisis management.

    Janice L. Sears

    Non-Executive Director, Audit Chair

    Invitation Homes, Sonder, Inc., IQHQ, Inc.

  • Today corporate boards need to be knowledgeable on cybersecurity as that is crucial to ensure adequate protection against cyber threats, compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, and minimization of the impact of cyber incidents on business operations and reputation. And the Diligent Institute Cyber Risk & Strategy Certification will help to meet that requirement more than adequately.

    Amit Basu

    VP, CIO & CISO

    International Seaways

  • The class gave me keen insights and knowledge from a world class faculty with experienced CISOs, and research based and practice oriented faculties, combined with industry leading experts in cyber risk security management. The experiences and knowledge shared from the faculties was most impactful. I realized that my board strategy and risk management experiences and knowledge were keenly sharpened through this. I strongly encourage all board directors to take up this class to be able to handle the next cybersecurity breach in your organization: its a question of when the next security breach will happen, not if!

    Colin Low

    Global Independent Director, Chairman Audit & Risk Management Committee

    AET Tankers

  • Diligent Institute’s Cyber Risk & Strategy Certification should be at the top of every board’s continuing education priorities. It provides the relevant information a board member needs to participate in a company’s management of cyber security in a format that is understandable even for the non-IT types among us.

    Brian E. Anderson

    SVP – Legal, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

    Belden Inc.

  • The certification gave me a wealth of knowledge from executives that are in the public and private sector. As a cybersecurity professional and new board member of a non-profit, the certification allowed me to be introduced to a wealth of knowledge from executives from both the public and private sectors. As a woman, it gave me visibility to female executives and Board members that paved the path for me to have the opportunities I have today.

    Alma Godinez

    SVP – Legal, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

    Cybersecurity Professional

Continuing professional education accreditation details

The Diligent Institute Cyber Risk & Strategy Certification is a unique e-learning program that teaches cyber literacy for corporate directors to effectively govern significant enterprise wide cyber risks and have meaningful conversations with management.

CEU Institute is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website.

  • Participants will learn cyber literacy to effectively govern significant enterprise wide risks and have meaningful conversations with management
  • CPE credit hour: 8.0
  • CLE credit hour: 14.0
  • Field of study: Management Services
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Program level: Intermediate
  • Delivery method: QAS self-study
  • Refund/cancellation policy: Provide written notice to Diligent at certifications@diligent.com. If notice of cancellation in accordance with this section is received before access to the Diligent Institute Certification is granted, program fees will be refunded to you. You can view our cancellation and refund policy here.
  • Complaint resolution policy: Provide written details to Diligent at certifications@diligent.com.
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Meet the graduates

Congratulations to those who have successully completed the Diligent Institute Cyber Risk & Strategy Certification! Meet the certified leaders below.

  • Breanna Zwart Matthews

    Director, Microsoft

  • Michael Edmistone

    Aspiring Non-Executive Director, Midare Pty Ltd

  • Renee Wynn

    CEO, RP Wynn Consulting LLC

  • Jessica P. Ross

    Chief Financial Officer, Frontdoor, Inc.

  • Sheraun Britton-Parris

    Chief Marketing Officer, Cordance

  • Elizabeth Castro Gulacsy

    Board Member, NNN REIT, Inc.

  • Jim Phillips

    EVP & CIO, SchoolsFirst FCU

  • Kathleen Gilmartin

    Independent Board Director, US Physical Therapy

  • Naomi Wheeless

    Board Director, Eventbrite

  • Will A. Clarke

    Founder and President, Clarke Growth and Sustainment Strategies​

  • Alma Godinez

    Cybersecurity Professional

  • Sheryl Manning

    CPA, Board Director

  • Susan J Templeton

    Board Member, Claridges Trust Co

  • Julieta Ross

    Co-Founder and CEO, Okee Labs

  • Elaine Boltz

    Non-Executive Director. AARP Foundation

  • Eddie Ramos

    Independent Director, Optimum Funds

  • Celeste Ford

    Director, Simpson Manufacturing

  • Lawrence L. Cole, II

    Independent Board Member, Annie Cannons

  • Douglas A. Lindgren

    Independent Director, JLL income Property Trust

  • Brian E. Anderson

    SVP – Legal, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Belden Inc.

  • Betsy Atkins

    Director, Wynn Resorts, Gopuff

  • Ashley Page

    Chief Compliance Officer – Endeavor

  • Colin Low

    Global Independent Director, Chairman Audit & Risk Management Committee, AET Tankers

  • Janice L. Sears

    Chief Diversity Officer, Twilio

  • Joshua Rapp

    Senior Information Security Compliance Engineer, Cisco

  • LouAnn Conner

    Founder CEO, SagaciousThink, LLC

  • Lybra S Clemons

    Chief Diversity Officer, Twilio

  • Melissa Hathaway

    President, Hathaway Global Strategies LLC

  • Neil Glass

    Non-Executive Director, Borr Drilling Ltd.

  • Patricia D Galloway

    Chairman, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.

  • Wendell Wierenga

    Chairman, Board of Directors, Crinetics Pharmaceuticals

  • Amit Basu

    Amit Basu Chairman, Board of Directors, Crinetics Pharmaceuticals

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Pricing

Diligent Institute is delighted to offer discounted pricing for groups of five or more. In addition, we offer bespoke training for boards and management teams. Contact us to share your requirements and learn more about the discounted certification packages available.

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