Innovation for Executive Cyber Education: The NACD Cyber-Risk Oversight Program Model

Ridge Global offers a customized, online education course that is designed for busy professionals. We have created a concept to educate board-level executives on cyber risk and to provide a tangible credential for leaders that are increasingly challenged by regulators, litigators, and shareholders.

Ridge Global has secured the world-renowned CERT- Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University as a content development partner and also partnered with the National Associate of Corporate Directors (NACD), leading to the CERT Certificate in Cyber-Risk Oversight. The program has so far enrolled hundreds of executives from major brands and a variety of
economic sectors.

Having a stronger understanding of cyber risk at the corporate level enhances the ability for Board-level employees to communicate and understand cyber threats across technology and business operations.

Meeting a Critical Need for 21st Century Business Leaders

As corporations and businesses utilize technology for mission essential operations, it is imperative that employees understand the risks associated with the interconnectedness of devices and services across the enterprise. A shortage in qualified cyber professionals and employees inadequately trained on cyber due diligence and response presents a vulnerability to any company or business.

From the board room to the field, it is imperative to understand your unique role in protecting your business from
the cyber threats that face your sector. The reality is that many
companies continue to be targeted by large-scale data breaches that the vast majority of employees are unequipped to respond to. The Harvard Business Review’s report, Boards are Undergoing Their Own Digital Transformation, found that 83% of board directors surveyed identified cybersecurity as a top priority.

However, more than half of those same directors said that their boards had not taken action to improve their data security during the pandemic. In response to this crisis, the Ridge Global Education team has developed and delivered innovative and successful programs that meet these
immediate and critical corporate needs.

These innovative practices allow organizations to better protect themselves against cyber breaches and establish a more proactive risk mitigation strategy to respond to the modern threat environment.