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About This Course

8 Weeks
Plus 1 Week Initial Orientation
8-10 Hours Per Week
Self Paced Entirely Online
Online Academy
Delivered Entirely Online
80 CPD Points
Approved by Various Bodies
Continual Assessments
Next Course Starts January 10th
Learning Modules Every Thursday
(VAT Not Applicable)

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The Cyber Risk Officer course equips students with a comprehensive understanding of cyber risk management. The syllabus assumes a non-technical student and covers a range of topics from identification of cyber risks through to risk management options. The course has been designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills and confidence they require in order to protect the digital assets of their organisation and support the efforts of or lead the implementation of a cyber risk framework. 
*If you are employed in Ireland, you may be eligible for a subsidy for this course.
*If you are a woman employed in Ireland you may be eligible for a special funding.

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What Does The Course Cover?

“Learn how to understand, manage and communicate cyber risk strategically within an organization”

This course presumes no technical knowledge and brings students on a journey from understanding the cyber threat landscape to how to develop an appropriate cyber strategy for their organization.

Referencing real life case studies and supported with pragmatic examples of how to manage cyber risk within an organization the course path includes key learning objectives, that students can instantly apply and benefit from in their existing roles.

All students receive one to one feedback and support directly from the tutor on a weekly basis along with live group training sessions supported by continual assessments via online exams.

Written assignments are focused around practical scenarios and involve applying knowledge and communicating key messages with a senior business audience.

“If you are on a board or report to senior leaders in relation to cyber risk, this course is ideal for you”

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We explore the cyber threat landscape and gain an understanding of the key threat actors, their motivations and techniques. We review a number of high profile cyber attacks with a view to understanding why they were attacked and what could have been done to prevent the breach.  We outline a key “Case Study” example that is referenced through the rest of the course.



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We outline the importance and the anatomy of a cyber strategy. How a cyber risk framework operates and how it integrates with the organization. Understand the differences between standards, policies, procedures, legal and regulatory controls.  We outline how to identify the business value chain of an organization and the importance of business systems, assets and entities that support that channel. 



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We explore the traditional cyber metrics organizations leverage in relation to cyber security and risk and discuss “Meaningful Metrics” that empower the business. Calculating inherent cyber risk, residual cyber risk and aligning those metrics with business objectives. Informing and supporting the business with KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) and KRI’s (Key Risk Indicators). Leveraging those metrics to develop appropriate maturity roadmaps and report and alert the business. 



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The role of leadership, the governance structure and supporting processes are outlined. The challenge of resourcing, attracting new and developing in-house talent.  Establishing a culture of loyalty and business protection.  Identifying gaps in leadership and supporting  a meritocracy based on talent and ability.  Converging the physical security efforts with cyber to deliver a holistic program of protection for your organization.



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Understanding the complex myriad of cyber related laws, regulations and business requirements is a challenge. In this module, we outline International landscape of key laws and regulations including GDPR and the NIS Directive. Developing an approach to understanding how to identify what is relevant and may impact your current or future business model. We outline key approaches to identifying the nexus of control requirements and driving efficiency by aligning business, legal and regulatory drivers with business drivers.



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We outline the minimum expectations of regulators when it comes to establishing cyber resilience.  Understanding preventative, detective and responsive controls. Best practices in aligning business continuity, disaster recovery and incident response with a program of cyber resilience. We outline the appropriate response to a breach. We focus on key aspects such as detection, communication and containment. We leverage the case study to outline the key aspects and learning points such as proactive strategies to detect an incident and containment strategies to mitigate the impact. 



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Every business is comprised of a business value chain. That is the various “links” or parts of the business that support the delivery of a particular service or channel. These links are often provided by third party partners, vendors or remote workers. We explore, how to identify, analyze, manage and report the associated risk to the business. The impact of the paradigm shift in the legal landscape including GDPR and how that factors into your approach. 



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In this module, we outline how to put everything you have learned together. Students leverage the case study or their own organizations to develop a complete cyber risk strategy. Dissecting the Cyber DNA of the business, establishing key metrics and a maturity roadmap. Aligning with the business strategy and establishing a board level reporting process. Developing processes to measure and manage the implementation of the cyber risk strategy and report the RoI to the business. 

The Course is For?

The course syllabus has been specifically designed to be collaborative and bring together business leaders of various disciplines within an organization. They are the key stakeholders in designing, implementing or supporting the cyber risk management program of an organisation. Key cyber risk management stakeholders include:

  • C-Suite
  • Head of IT/Security
  • CCO Chief Compliance Officer
  • Cyber Security/Risk/Compliance Teams
  • Legal
  • Procurement
  • Head of Business Units
  • Technology Leaders / Project Managers
  • Management Professionals / Team Leaders
  • Digital Consultants
Cyber Risk Leader
Develop and Implement Strategy
Gaining Recognition
Cyber Risk Management Specialist
Cyber Security and Risk Teams
Collaborate and Support Enterprise

How Do You Learn?

The course is delivered over 8 weeks and preceded with an orientation module. Every Thursday a new module is added to the course. During the orientation module you will be introduced to your online teaching and technical support network and gain an understanding of the interface and tools. During the orientation phase you complete your student profile and gain an understanding of key milestones and how your assessments are calculated.  Training material comprises of rich interactive media such as videos, infographics, activities and course notes. There are many opportunities for collaborative learning via the discussion forums and you can leverage the portal to connect to other students around the world. During the course you can reference the case study example outlined in Module 1 or reference your own organization. During the course students will develop a cyber strategy as part of their assessment, this can be based on their own organization, the case study or a fictitious entity

What Support Do I Get?

Head Tutor
Subject Expert
Course Manager
One to One Student Support
Technical Support
Available to Solve Tech Issues
Social Learning
Student Network Collaboration
Extended Network of Material
Recommended External Material
Core Module Videos Have Captions

Head Tutor

Paul C Dwyer – President of the ICTTF International Cyber Threat Task Force

Paul has been certified an industry professional by the International Information Security Certification Consortium (ISC2) and the Information System Audit and Control Association (ISACA) and selected for the IT Governance Expert Panel.Paul is an honorary fellow of the ICS Irish Computer Society, approved by the National Crime Faculty and the HTCN High Tech Crime Network.Paul has worked extensively around the world and his diverse career spans more than 25 years working with military, law enforcement, and the commercial sector. His roles have included:
  • President of the ICTTF International Cyber Threat Task Force
  • Co Chairman of the UK NCA National Crime Agency Industry Group
  • Advisor to NaCTSO (National Counter Terrorism Security Office)
  • Advisor to NATO on Countering Hybrid Cyber Threats
  • Advisor to UK Defence Committee DEFCOM in Parliament
  • Deputy Chair – Organized Crime Task Force Industry Group – NI
  • Interim Global CISO for numerous multi national organizations
  • Advisor to numerous governments and intelligence agencies
A prolific contributor to the industry and media, Paul is a professional public speaker and industry evangelist. He has also authored a number of industry works including a book aimed at boards of director entitled – “The Art of Cyber Risk Oversight”.
As an industry networker Paul is a member of a number of distinct groups including the IoD (Institute of Directors), IIEA (Institute of International and European Affairs) and the IRM (Institute of Risk Management).As an accomplished serial entrepreneur he has successfully built a number of security practices in the UK & Ireland and in 2016 was identified by Business and Finance as one of Ireland’s Top 100 CEOs.Paul started his career as a technical networking specialist, he then specialized, trained and qualified in a number of disciplines including but not limited to ethical hacking, forensics, international management systems, risk management, business continuity, international governance frameworks, financial service regulations, cyber laws and project management.
Paul is a native of Dublin, Ireland, lives there with his wife, daughter and Bernese mountain dog children
“An eye opening course bringing to life exactly what a CISO is and maybe more importantly what is isn’t. Many lightbulb moments that will help refocus how to better align security with the business, and what it takes to be successful.” Mark Conabeare – CISO Debenhams


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Jennifer O’Brien

Lead in Group Internal Audit, Bank of Ireland
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Dr Vince Hughes

Director, Crime Stoppers International
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Stephen McCormack 

Head of IT, Maxol
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Audrey Barrett

Data Protection Officer, SIPTU
 I would highly recommend the Certified Cyber Risk Officer course. It provides a good overview of the issues and risks associated with cyber security, without assuming a detailed technical knowledge. I have found the course to be very engaging, structured and well taught. 

Richard Atterbury
Head of Cyber, Compliance -
Barclays Bank PLC

 I'm finding the course fascinating and really well paced, I was a bit concerned about fitting in the course around my role but with the lectures being online and recorded if you can't make the slot its ideal. Would recommend to anyone interested in a Cyber Risk role. 

Simon Rafferty
Financial Crime Analyst -
MotoNovo Finance

 I would highly recommend the Certified Cyber Risk Officer course. It provides a good overview of the issues and risks associated with cyber security, without assuming a detailed technical knowledge. I have found the course to be very engaging, structured and well taught. 

Audrey Barrett

 I'm finding the course fascinating and really well paced, I was a bit concerned about fitting in the course around my role but with the lectures being online and recorded if you can't make the slot its ideal. Would recommend to anyone interested in a Cyber Risk role. 

Michel Schumacher
Senior Financial Crimes Compliance Manager - HSBC


How Do I Get Certified?

Step One: Apply for Enrollment and Pay the Course Fees.
The application process commences as soon as you enroll and pay for the course online. The CCRO online course includes continual evaluation of your performance and competency via online exams, written assignments and ILT sessions. The CCRS course is based on only module related online exams.
If you meet all the certification requirements which includes the adoption of the ICTTF Code of Ethics and successful performance on the required curriculum and competency evaluation, you will be certified and entitled to all of the rights and privileges associated with the designation. You need to re-certify every three years.
Certification is by the board of the ICTTF International Cyber Threat Task Force and accredited by the ICA International Compliance Association.

What is a Cyber Risk Officer?

A Cyber Risk Officer is an individual with the knowledge, skills and experience to develop, implement or support a cyber security, risk and/or privacy program at an organization. It is often a secondary role to a primary role such as CISO or CCO. Aspiring CISO’s and other business leaders often become certified cyber risk officers in order to augment and/or validate their background for new challenges and roles, including board levels positions such as NxD’s.