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Think and act like a cybersecurity leader. This 12-week online course delivers the leadership tools you need to help keep your local government secure.

The ICMA Cybersecurity Leadership Program is a 12-week mentorship based collaborative readiness program led by CISOs and other experts who deliver their proven frameworks and insights on how to lead and secure a network and an organization – protecting data assets and the enterprise brand. This program coaches participants on what it means to think and act as a cybersecurity leader.

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Who Should Attend?

Existing and emerging front-line and mid-level leaders interested in improving their cybersecurity capabilities, team engagement, and organizational outcomes. In addition to IT professionals, this program may also work well for cyber organizational partners in finance, operations, HR, and other disciplines who are interested in learning more about cybersecurity leadership and overall organizational risk management.

What is the Course of Study?

With intentionally designed asynchronous and synchronous activities and rich content and application-focused outcomes, the program takes a whole-solution approach to cybersecurity leadership rather than a focus on siloed activities. 

Module 1: The Security Leadership Mindset
Program overview focused on what it means to think and act as a cybersecurity leader.

Module 2: The Art of Security Intelligence
Learn how data security professionals can best obtain, use, and distribute threat intelligence.

Module 3: The Balance Between Security & Innovation
Establish a mindset that embraces innovation and looks for ways to consistently simplify complexity.

Module 4: Security Change Management
Learn to be a change agent and use change practices to address and overcome security challenges.

Module 5: Positive Leadership in Security
Develop positive leadership practices to achieve positively deviant organizational outcomes.

Module 6: Collaboration and Negotiation
Apply Mutual Gains Approach and leverage collaboration necessary to provide satisfying outcomes and enhance relationships.

Module 7: Security Communication
Adapt practical and meaningful useful techniques for how IT security leaders can communicate within and outside of the organization.

Module 8: Relationship Management
Create and execute the steps to build strong professional relationships and form key strategic partnerships.

Module 9: Security & the Network of Things
Use your network to aid in developing and maintaining an effective risk management strategy.

Module 10: Your Changing Role in Security
Apply techniques for learning and adapting as a cybersecurity leader while establishing a clear leadership philosophy.

Module 11: Simulated Cyberattack
Foster development and alignment within cybersecurity individuals and work teams through drills, training, and war games.

Module 12: The Power of One
Communicate how your value as a cybersecurity leader directly impacts the long-term success of the enterprise and beyond.

What are the programmed activities?

  • Breakout Group Meeting – 60-minute meeting (in-person or virtual) amongst breakout group members (typically 10-12 participants).
  • Breakout Group Summary – These posts are for the rest of the cohort to see what your breakout group discussed. Each week your breakout group’s designated leader or scribe will write this post which will be seen by the entire cohort.
  • Discuss with Breakout Group – Share your thoughts, perspectives and comments with your breakout group. These will be seen by you, your breakout group, and faculty.
  • Discuss with Cohort – Share your thoughts, perspectives and comments with your cohort. This is an online threaded discussion and you are expected to engage in with your colleagues. Posts will be seen by all participants and faculty.
  • Live Event – 60-minute, virtual meeting conducted via web conference with your entire cohort and facilitated by your faculty mentor.
  • Read – Read a document, case study or article.
  • Reflect – Your online reflections are your private notes and thoughts. They will only be seen by you.
  • Surveys or assessments –  You will also receive occasional surveys on the platform for you to answer questions and submit responses that will help you shape your own learning journey and provide us valuable feedback to shape future courses.
  • Watch – View a brief video from your faculty presenters.  

What is the Time Commitment?

The ICMA Cybersecurity Leadership Academy is designed to maximize ROI on participants’ time and consists of 12 one-week modules with a time commitment of 30-60 minutes per day. Courses can be completed on the participants’ schedule and accessed online anywhere.

Modules 1-4: January 8-February 2
Module 1: The Security Leadership Mindset
Module 2: The Art of Security Intelligence
Module 3: Balancing Security & Innovation

Module 4: Security Change Management
Break Week: Feb 5-9

Modules 5-8: February 12-March 8
Module 5: Positive Leadership in Security
Module 6: Collaboration and Negotiation
Module 7: Security Communication
Module 8: Relationship Management
Break Week: March 11-15

Modules 9-12: March 18-April12
Module 9: Security & the Network of Things
Module 10: Your Changing Role in Security
Module 11: Simulated Cyberattack
Module 12: The Power of One
Graduation: April 12

What is the Cost?

The retail cost is $2,495 per participant. ICMA offers a generous scholarship per participant, which makes the cost for members just $1,995.

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