Short Training Courses

Masterclass in Cyber Security for Boards and Directors in Financial Services


Venue: De Vere Holborn Bars

138-142 Holborn

Course Outline

Cyber risk management is more than just a strategic imperative. It’s a fundamental part of doing business. For many C-level executives and board members the concept of “cyber security” is vague and complex. It may be on your agenda but what does that actually mean? What can your organisation do?

The reality is cyber threats affect every business sector, size and jurisdiction. Every organisation has data assets of value and the fact is most cyber-attacks are indiscriminate and use automated tools and techniques to expose known vulnerabilities.

“The biggest cyber vulnerability is human awareness, lack of leadership and execution.”  Paul C Dwyer – President of the ICTTF International Cyber Threat Task Force

Furthermore you need to understand:

  • What are the biggest threats?
  • Which assets are at greatest risk?
  • Who would target you?
  • What are they after?
  • What are the likely scenarios?

The bottom line is there is no such thing as 100% secure. Cyber security is as much about governance, risk management, legal and compliance as it is about IT security operations.

A balanced cyber defence strategy involves integrating cyber risk management into normal risk management operations. You need to understand your exposure and your cyber risk.

Format and Case Studies

Effective cyber risk management is a balanced approach of processes that cover prevention, detection and response.

This executive masterclass is delivered by a real world cyber security expert who understands business and risk management.

It will help you to understand the most important cyber threats.

Our cyber security expert will offer real world stories and practical insights to help your organisation begin to assess its threat profile and stay a step ahead of cyber malefactors.


Welcome - 08:00 - 09:45

  • 08:00 – 08:45 Registration 
  • Welcome & Cyber Threat Landscape 2017

Understanding Cyber Risk - 9:45 - 12:00

  • Assessing Cyber Threats 
  • Inherent Risk vs. Cyber Maturity
  • Grasping Potential Impacts

Lunch - 12:00 - 13:00

Implementing Effective Controls - 13:00 - 14:30

  • Developing a Strategy
  • Converged Security – Leveraging 
  • The Role of a CISO
  • People, Processes and Technology

Navigating a Cyber Crisis - 14:45 - 17:00

  • Cyber Breach Table top Exercise
  • Concluding Remarks / Final Q&A


Paul C Dwyer

Paul C Dwyer

Paul is recognised as one of the world’s foremost experts on cyber security, risk and privacy. As CEO of Cyber Risk International he specialises in corporate and enterprise security, development of cyber defense programs, and business operations protection for CRI clients.

Certified an industry professional by the International Information Security Certification Consortium (ISC2) and the Information System Audit and Control Association (ISACA). Approved by the National Crime Faculty and the HTCN High Tech Crime Network. He has worked extensively around the world his diverse career spans more than 25 years working with military, law enforcement and the commercial sector.

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 – Organised Crime Task Force Industry Group – NI
  • Interim Global CISO for Numerous Multi-National Organisations
  • Advisor to Numerous Governments and Intelligence agencies

Paul is a member of a number of industry 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 CEO’s.

His career started as a technical networking specialist, he then specialised, 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.

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