Mastercard Emerging Leaders Cyber Initiative

Designed to empower women and non-binary leaders who want to shape the future of Canadian cybersecurity.

Next Cohort Intake

Coming Soon

Location

Virtual & In-Person

Program Duration

7 Months

Time Commitment

Part-time

Cost

Free

Contact

4_ELCI

Overview

Businesses need leaders with a comprehensive understanding of the digital threat landscape – together with the skills to respond effectively to cyber incidents and their wider impacts on organizational reputation, data protection and legal obligations, and supply chains.

The Mastercard Emerging Leaders Cyber Initiative (ELCI) is designed to empower women and non-binary leaders through an in-depth understanding of organizational digital risks and mitigation strategies; enhanced leadership skills; and access to a supportive, high impact professional network. ELCI is for women and non-binary leaders who seek to advance into executive-level positions in cybersecurity or related fields and shape the future of the Canadian cyber ecosystem. 

We are grateful for the support of Mastercard, whose investment is supporting the development of women and diverse leaders in cybersecurity.

 

Overview

Businesses need leaders with a comprehensive understanding of the digital threat landscape – together with the skills to respond effectively to cyber incidents and their wider impacts on organizational reputation, data protection and legal obligations, and supply chains.

The Mastercard Emerging Leaders Cyber Initiative (ELCI) is designed to empower women and non-binary leaders through an in-depth understanding of organizational digital risks and mitigation strategies; enhanced leadership skills; and access to a supportive, high impact professional network. ELCI is for women and non-binary leaders who seek to advance into executive-level positions in cybersecurity or related fields and shape the future of the Canadian cyber ecosystem. 

We are grateful for the support of Mastercard, whose investment is supporting the development of women and diverse leaders in cybersecurity.

 

Next Cohort Intake:

Coming Soon

Location:

Virtual & In-Person

Program Duration:

7 Months

Time Commitment:

Part-time

Cost:

Free

Contact:

4_ELCI

Learn With Us

The curriculum has been carefully designed to provide the tools needed to help lead your organization to a cybersecure future and shape the Canadian cyber ecosystem.

Curriculum

A part-time, hybrid program, ELCI will combine four in-person residencies with online learning over seven months. Outside of dedicated class time, learners can expect to commit an additional six to eight hours a month on reading, coursework and other programming. The core modules will be complemented by additional skills development focused on deepening participants’ business acumen and providing them with a well-rounded set of leadership and professional skills to become changemakers within the cyber sector.

Module 1: The Digital Threat Landscape

An exploration of the breadth and depth of an organization’s digital threat landscape including business strategy, technology, geo-political and legal/regulatory considerations. Explore how to mitigate global and domestic risks by assessing threats and ensure security and resilience is considered in business decisions across an organization.

Module 2: Law & Regulation

A deep dive into the organizational risks and obligations posed by cybersecurity, privacy and data protection laws and regulations across Canadian and international jurisdictions.

Module 3: Business School 101

A focus on business fundamentals. Develop the skills and tools needed to conduct competitive analyses, analyze financial statements and more. Learn to build a business case by assessing and effectively articulating benefits, costs, risks and ROI. Understand how to incorporate digital risk considerations into investment and merger/acquisition due diligence.

Module 4: Supply Chain Dependencies

An in-depth look at an organization’s third-party ecosystem and the types of risks that threaten its business integrity. Gain an understanding of supply chain dependencies and threats, learn how to conduct vendor risk assessments and explore risk mitigation strategies.

Module 5: Leading Through a Crisis

Dive into incident response planning and considerations including crisis management, mitigation and recovery. Develop your capacity to prepare for and respond to major unforeseen events through experiential learning. Topics covered will include business continuity, communications protocols and reputation management.

Module 6: Emerging Tech & Innovation

An exploration of the impact of emerging technologies on an organization’s threat landscape. Delve into the key trends that are shifting the field, including digital assets, artificial intelligence and machine learning, quantum computing and resistance, industrial IoT and 5G edge computing.

Additional Skills Development

  • Programming will be augmented with important human skills development. Topics such as Developing Executive Presence, Building a Personal Brand and Negotiating Skills will be delved into through expert guest sessions, fireside chats and enrichment reading.
  • Learners will consolidate their program learning with a cumulative business case study requiring a demonstration of newly developed digital risk management strategies, multi-disciplinary perspectives, executive communication, team building and collaboration, and leadership skills.
  • In addition, career mentorship will be a key component of the program, providing personalized support and career guidance from senior executives.