Cybersecurity for Business Leaders


Gain cybersecurity know-how through an interactive online certificate featuring real-world situations that help you become a security advocate and leader for your organization.


At least one year of college completed and a current resume

Deadline to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Duration & Format

12 weeks online

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Create a roadmap to resiliency.

Future job growth in the cyber sector is expected to exceed 37% per year through 2022, according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Companies are actively seeking cybersmart managers to protect their intellectual property and consumer trust. This program will equip you with immediate applicable skills that can energize and support your business career. You will: 

  • Develop a robust cybersecurity plan, tailored to the needs of your team and your organization
  • Learn best practices that will help you secure your company’s assets and intellectual property immediately
  • Gain fluency and confidence in the language of Cybersecurity, easing communication and buy-in between your stakeholders
  • Acquire the knowledge and network to build future security programs and processes 
Online Format

Self-paced and live webinar sessions

Program Cost


Session Start Dates

August, January, May

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Program Highlights

  • Learn and apply the McIntire Defense Model, a framework to employ immediately in your day-to-day job
  • Analyze and evaluate real world examples, like the Target breach
  • Experience live discussions and simulations
    • Interact with cyber experts and others in the program to learn about challenges within their organizations
    • Simulate work as an ethical hacker to examine cybersecurity from a different perspective
    • Study the framework-in-use at a major Fortune 500 company
  • Learn directly from a seasoned chief information security officer with experience in government and private industry

Why a Certificate from UVA?

The McIntire School is a globally recognized leader in business and information technology education. Your certificate will immediately inform employers that you’ve been trained with highly relevant and immediately applicable skills from one of the world’s top universities. You’ll benefit from:

  • UVA McIntire faculty’s professional insight and deep knowledge on the subject
  • Flexible learning schedules
  • A skill set that offers instant value to your employer or potential employer

As cyber threats persist, directors and executives need to step up their cyber risk oversight. The responsibility for handling cyber risk goes well beyond the chief information security officer—cybersecurity should be a business discussion, with the right executives in the room and a sophisticated understanding of the threats.

Amandeep Lamba

Partner/Principal, Cybersecurity & Privacy, PwC


Curriculum is broken down into three core categories.

Fundamentals of Security

Understand how modern networks work and the role security technologies have in protecting them.

  • Networks and the Internet of Things
  • Security communications
  • Defensive technologies and access control

Security Operations

Examine attack methods that adversaries use to exploit systems and how organizations can combat them.

  • Cyberattacks and cybercriminals
  • Social engineering
  • Building organizational resilience

Security Risk & Audit

Manage risk, implement frameworks and audit methodologies, and plan for business continuity and disaster recovery.

  • Risk management
  • Disaster recover planning
  • Incident response planning

Program Faculty

Ryan T. Wright
Ryan T. Wright

C. Coleman McGehee Professor of Commerce
Associate Director, Center for the Management of Information Technology
Area Coordinator—Information Technology
Professor of Commerce

Bryan Lewis
Bryan Lewis

Assistant Dean for Technology & Operations
Lecturer in IT

Chris Maurer
Chris Maurer

Assistant Professor of Commerce
General Faculty

Chris Porter
Chris Porter

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Fannie Mae

Take the Next Step

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and there is no fee to apply. The next session begins in August. 

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