Oxford Cyber Security for Business Leaders Programme

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Gain a practical grounding in cyber security and its impact on your organisation.
Start date:
  • 6 weeks
Time commitment:
  • Short programme
  • Online


  • £2,350

About the programme

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

This programme explores topics normally left to information technology specialists, enabling business leaders to feel confident they can apply these learnings within their current and future roles. These topic areas have profound implications in terms of both risk and opportunity, and are essential to equip yourself and your organisation for future success.

Key themes include:

  • Foundations of cyber security
  • Digital privacy
  • Net neutrality
  • Data governance
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Digital ethics

You will also participate in a unique cyber attack simulation, assuming the role of a senior executive at a company that is in the middle of a major cyber incursion.

This programme is delivered in partnership with Esme Learning and MasterCard. Read more about the collaboration and the launch of the first programme from which this has been developed. 

How can disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence, biometrics, big data and blockchain establish themselves positively?...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


On completion of this programme, you'll walk away with:

  • A practical grounding in cyber security and its implications to your business.
  • Guidance from leading industry experts and research from University of Oxford faculty.
  • Access to a network of like minded professionals.


Module 1

Cyber Foundations I

Examine current cyber trends and learn the basics of keeping your business safe in our digital world. 

Module 2

Cyber Foundations II

Reimagine your business in a rapidly changing world facing new threats.

Module 3

Advanced Cyber Concepts

Dive deeper into the challenging issues of digital privacy, data governance, and the self-sovereignty of data.

Module 4

Responsible Innovation I: Self-Sovereignty and Identity

Confront complex topics such as net neutrality, cyber inclusion, digital identity, artificial intelligence and their impacts on society. 

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. 

Module 6

Cyber Opportunity

Complete the programme with an idea that you can pursue to create a safer, fairer and more profitable cyber future.

Meet the faculty

The programme is led by David Shrier, a globally recognised authority on financial innovation. 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.  

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. 


Options for organisations

If you are looking to integrate Oxford online programmes with your organisation’s L&D strategy, we have tailored solutions to help deliver an innovative learning experience across teams.