Cyber Policy, Security and Risk Executive Education


Cyber Policy, Security and Risk Executive Education

What is cyber risk, and what are the forces shaping it? How are businesses and governments seeking to address it? And what do executives need to know in order to lead people and organizations?

Senior leaders surveyed by the World Economic Forum consistently rate cybersecurity as one of the top risks facing businesses and governments. And yet, even as leaders increasingly identify cyber risk as a priority concern, confidence is waning among them about the prospects for achieving resilience. Meanwhile, the relentless march of digitization across the economy, from critical infrastructure to government services, continues unabated. And governments around the world are stepping forward with a range of policy and regulatory interventions.

This immersive 4-day curriculum is aimed at reducing the cyber confidence deficit for senior executives and leaders from public and private-sector organizations. It will deliver foundational knowledge on cyber risk, policy and resilience and prepare students for leadership roles where literacy in cyber risk and policy are essential to mission success.

Who is eligible to apply

Executives and leaders from the public and private sector, especially those occupying or seeking senior roles within their organizations in business strategy, management, product development, government and/or public affairs, or public policy

Special attention will be paid to admitting students from a diverse range of sectors and job functions who can contribute insights from their experiences.

What you will learn

  • Foundational concepts relating to cyber risk and policy
  • How economic and technological features of today’s digital economy shape the risk ecosystem, corporate governance and public policy
  • Who the key actors are in the risk ecosystem, along with their incentives and motivations
  • Trends in technology and policy shaping risk exposure and resilience options
  • International economic and security dimensions of cyber risk and policy, including regulatory and other policy developments in China and the European Union

Topics include

Adapted from the Stanford Cyber Boot Camp series and the Cyber Policy and Security Specialization in the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy Program at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the curriculum features:

  • Incisive lectures from leading experts and practitioners from Stanford, Silicon Valley and beyond
  • Scenario exercises, simulations, and group projects intended to enable students to practice and apply knowledge and skills, as well as learn from their classmates
  • Lightening talks featuring leaders from Silicon Valley's innovation ecosystem


Early bird: $12,450 per person
(price will increase on May 15th)


A limited number of lodging options will be available at Stanford Guesthouse on a first-come, first-serve basis. Lodging is not included in the cost of tuition and will be paid separately by participants.