Oxford Cyber Security for Business Leaders Programme

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.

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.

The programme is delivered in partnership with Esme Learning and Mastercard, read more about the collaboration

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


  • 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.
  • Access to the Oxford Executive Education Alumni LinkedIn group.


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 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. 

Meet the faculty

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

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.  

Experts and contributors

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.

Options for organisations

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