Oxford Cyber Security for Business Leaders Programme

Exploring cyber security from a proactive view

Develop the knowledge required to make strategic decisions around cyber security.

  • Start date: 17 July 2024
  • Duration: 7 weeks
  • Location: Online
  • Cost: £2,350

The Oxford Cyber Security for Business Leaders Programme prepares leaders from all industries for the increasingly complex future of cyber security to look beyond fear to create a competitive cyber strategy. You will gain a full understanding of the challenges and potential of cyber, along with the frameworks and vocabulary to enable strategic decision making to help secure your organisation’s cyber-resilient future.

Exploring cyber security from a proactive viewpoint, you will learn about cyber security’s risks and benefits, from the basics of cyber hygiene to advanced concepts and applications. You will form teams to discuss and reflect on class material, and engage in cyber defence simulations to better understand practical application of theoretical concepts.

This programme is designed to help current and future business leaders develop awareness of core aspects of cybersecurity, contextualise reports on new threats, and make informed decisions on how to react to emerging tech trends.

Sadie Creese

Programme Director, Oxford Cyber Security for Business Leaders Programme

What you'll learn

  • Skills required to create a cyber resilient business model that builds trust in the system.
  • Knowledge of recent and on-going changes in multiple domains within cyber security.
  • Tangible plan that you can apply to your work based on an experiential learning project.
  • Guidance from leading industry experts and University of Oxford faculty.

Further information

Read more about how the programme is delivered, answers to common questions and the programme’s terms and conditions.


If you have any questions, please contact us at OnlineExecEd@sbs.ox.ac.uk



This module aims to prepare you for the rest of the programme and will:

  • familiarise you with the online campus
  • provide you with an overview of the programme handbook
  • introduce you to the programme team
  • cover some introductory course material including pre-reading materials, basic definitions and a glossary

This will stand you in good stead as you embark on the rest of your programme.

Module 1

Core cyber security concepts

Gain an ability to evaluate and understand cyber security context within the needs of a business. You will understand what it means to be Cyber Fit, how to manage 'smart' vs. 'careless' risk, and to ensure that cyber security is integrated into the culture of your organisations.

Module 2

Threats and vulnerabilities

Deepen your understanding of the threats to your organisation - from insiders, hackers and cyber criminal organisations to nation states. Learn how to use threat intelligence to analyse cyber risks and a leading framework to better prepare your organisation.

Module 3

Globalisation and supply chain cyber security

Confront the cyber risks of globalisation and integrated supply chains through deep exploration of emerging challenges of AI and quantum computing.

Module 4

Cyber security controls and operations

Build skills to implement and strengthen cyber operations and architectures. Learn about incident response and practice responding to a major attack in a simulation. Explore the cyber maturity model and gain an understanding of what you need to do to take your organisation to the next level.

Module 5

Responsible innovation and digital opportunity

Explore the ethical dimensions of the new cyber world and how to innovate responsibly for the benefit of all. Exercise persuasive skills to position your cyber venture for positive future impact and confront cyber issues with complex technical and social implications.

Module 6

Resilience and strategic responses

Develop the skills to take smart risks and make your organisations more resilient against ever-evolving cyber threats. Explore the cyber implications of corporate M/A and rapid growth, and complete an experiential learning team project.


The programme is led by Sadie Creese, Professor of Cyber Security, and the founding Director of the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre at Oxford University. 

You will be guided throughout the programme by expert insights from industry leaders and University of Oxford faculty, who will share their personal experiences and cutting-edge research to support your learning.  

Industry expert contributors

In each module, you will access the latest thinking and real-world application from global experts in cyber security.

The thinking behind the programme 

This programme is a practical way to access active research, and uses evidence-based insights, case studies, and real-world application to help you understand how to drive cyber security practises as part of your organisational strategy.

Research from Oxford Saïd faculty forms a platform to the programme's teaching, combined with cutting edge thought leadership from across the University of Oxford. 


Your certificate 

On successful completion of this programme you will be awarded an official digital certificate of attendance in your legal name from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. In order to be issued with a digital certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the course orientation module. 

The CPD Certification Service 

This programme is certified as a provider of continuing professional development (CPD) by The CPD Certification Service. It may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies.


Participants who complete an Oxford Saïd Executive Education online programme are automatically part of the Oxford Saïd Business School elumni community.

The Elumni Community

Our thriving community comprises more than 37,000 ambitious professionals hailing from 177 countries and representing diverse sectors like finance, law, marketing, healthcare, and energy. A significant number of these individuals proceed to undertake additional online or on-campus programmes, including short courses, executive diplomas, or MBAs.

Oxford Saïd Elumni Network

The Oxford Saїd Elumni Network is a virtual hub specially crafted for elumni. Acknowledging that the journey of professional growth doesn't cease with programme completion; the platform is devised to motivate, encourage, and provide support to elumni as they pursue their career ambitions. It offers elumni an avenue to engage with Saïd Business School faculty, gaining access to expert opinions, research insights, and thought leadership. Furthermore, the network facilitates purposeful global networking, enabling collaborative endeavours for sharing ideas, expertise, and tackling challenges collectively.

You will also gain access to the official Oxford Executive Education Elumni group on LinkedIn. 

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