Cybersecurity Essentials for Leaders

Managing Risk, Building Teams, Defining Effective Strategies

Cybersecurity has evolved from being strictly an IT concern to become a key strategic consideration for organizations. As the digital economy grows and organizations migrate to the cloud, cybersecurity risks continue to increase.

As a result, non-technical senior leaders must take a bigger role in developing and implementing strategies to address these challenges. Understanding current and emerging risks, knowing how to ask the right questions of your teams and leading the overall cybersecurity strategy are essential skills for today's senior leaders and board members.

Cybersecurity Essentials for Leaders is a new Kellogg Executive Education program led by Professor Mike Rogers, U.S. Navy Admiral (ret.), that draws on his experience as Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director at the National Security Agency, where he addressed cybersecurity threats at the highest levels across the nation and the world.

This program will provide you with the tools and insights needed to understand the importance of cybersecurity for your organization and your role as a leader in implementing an effective cyber risk mitigation strategy.

You’ll walk away with frameworks you can use to assess current risks to your organization and to identify and address gaps in your strategy. In addition, you will be able to better communicate objectives and concerns with your IT and cybersecurity leaders, board members and other stakeholders.

Personal Consultation

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Who Should Attend

  • Mid- to senior-level executives, including C-suite and board members, in functions across the organization who could benefit from enhanced cybersecurity knowledge, including how best to protect an organization and its data.
  • No prior experience in cybersecurity, computer science or IT is required.

Key Benefits

  • Understand the impact of cybersecurity deficiencies from a regulatory, legal, reputational, and business operations perspective and learn to mitigate the risks inherent within those arenas
  • Explore how to measure cybersecurity effectiveness and the investment needed to achieve it
  • Evaluate your cybersecurity personnel investment and hiring strategies
  • Learn how to effectively apply cybersecurity strategies to your organization and your specific area of responsibility
  • Discuss future trends in cybersecurity and their potential implications for your company

Program Content

This 3-day program is broken into three modules, plus guest speakers and expert panels each evening.

Module 1:

Understanding the Cybersecurity Environment

  • Why cybersecurity is a leadership issue
  • Assessing the ransomware threat
  • Improving cybersecurity to drive better business outcomes

Module 2:

Creating an Effective Cybersecurity Strategy

  • Risk assessment: understanding the legal and regulatory landscape
  • Components of an effective risk mitigation strategy
  • Measuring the effectiveness of your cybersecurity strategy

Module 3:

Designing the Organizational Structure

  • Structuring your organization to optimize outcomes and mitigate cyber risk
  • Identifying the human capital needed to execute effective strategy
  • The future of cybersecurity—understanding the impact on organizations and society


Mike Rogers - Academic Director; Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor, Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute. Previous Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency

Nicola Persico - John L. and Helen Kellogg Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences; Director of the Center for Mathematical Studies in Economics & Management; Professor of Weinberg Department of Economics (Courtesy)

V.S. Subrahmanian - Walter P. Murphy Professor of Computer Science. Faculty Fellow at the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Theodore Bruckbauer - Executive Director, Technology Risk & Compliance at CME Group

John Livingston - CEO, Verve Industrial

Sri Manda - Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at TheRealReal

Featured Videos

Meet Academic Director Mike Rogers and get introduced to the program.

What makes cybersecurity important to businesses?

The main three principals of Cybersecurity Essentials for Leaders.

2023 Session

October 23–25, 2023

Start: October 23 at 8:00 AM

End: October 25 at 4:00 PM

Format: In-Person at Allen Center on Evanston Campus

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Fee includes lodging and most meals for in-person sessions.

Kellogg School of Management

James L. Allen Center
2169 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208