About the course
MGT514: Security Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership
Mon, June 3 - Fri, June 7, 2019
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Instructor: G. Mark Hardy
Laptop Not Needed
This course is a cyber leadership MBA in five days. As a security manager of many years, the class delivered material of great value that I can immediately apply to make a difference at my company.
Dave Ferguson, CareFirst
Unquestionably - one of the best tech courses I have taken in my professional career. This course stimulates serious introspection regarding security strategy and forward thinking.
G. S. McFather, Anthem
As security professionals we have seen the landscape change. Cybersecurity is now more vital and relevant to the growth of your organization than ever before. As a result, information security teams have more visibility, more budget, and more opportunity. However, with this increased responsibility comes more scrutiny.
This course gives you tools to become a security business leader who can build and execute strategic plans that resonate with other business executives, create effective information security policy, and develop management and leadership skills to better lead, inspire, and motivate your teams.
Develop Strategic Plans
Strategic planning is hard for IT and IT security professionals because we spend so much time responding and reacting. We almost never do strategic planning until we get promoted to a senior position, and then we are not equipped with the skills we need to run with the pack. MGT514 will teach you how to develop strategic plans that resonate with other IT and business leaders.
Create Effective Information Security Policy
Policy is a manager's opportunity to express expectations for the workforce, set the boundaries of acceptable behavior, and empower people to do what they ought to be doing. It is easy to get wrong. Have you ever seen a policy and responded by saying "No way, I am not going to do that"? Most of us have. Policy must be aligned with an organization's culture. In MGT514, we break down the steps to policy development so that you have the ability to design and assess policies that can successfully guide your organization.
Develop Management and Leadership Skills
Leadership is a skill that must be learned, exercised, and developed to better ensure organizational success. Strong leadership is brought about primarily through selfless devotion to the organization and staff, tireless effort in setting the example, and having the vision to see and effectively use available resources toward the end goal.
Effective leadership entails persuading team members to accomplish their objectives, removing the obstacles preventing them from doing it, and maintaining the well-being of the team in support of the organization's mission. MGT514 will teach you to use management tools and frameworks to better lead, inspire, and motivate your teams.
How the Course Works
MGT514 uses case studies from Harvard Business School, case scenarios, team-based exercises, and discussions that put students in real-world situations. You will be able to use these same activities with your own team members at work.
The next generation of security leadership must bridge the gap between security staff and senior leadership by strategically planning how to build and run effective security programs. After taking this course you will have the fundamental skills to create strategic plans that protect your company, enable key innovations, and facilitate working effectively with your business partners.
MGT514.1: Strategic Planning Foundations
MGT514.2: Strategic Roadmap Development
MGT514.3: Security Policy Development and Assessment
MGT514.4: Leadership and Management Competencies
MGT514.5: Strategic Planning Workshop
This is the course I wish I had taken when I first started my career. Colleagues, it doesn't make sense to wait till you are in a management position to focus on your governance, management, and leadership skills. If one can improve by one or two percent each year, it is a major achievement. Leadership is a race of endurance, not a sprint; start early and be persistent. This course will set you on the path. It is a solid blend of tons of research as well as personal experience from a number of leaders in information security. I had read about SWOTs for years, but was shocked by how difficult it was to create a strategic plan and get it approved. Some executives or auditors would say it doesn't look out far enough, others would say it isn't realistic to look out so far, some would say you are too bold, others you are too tame. One strategic plan I did the heavy lift on went through 18 revisions and still had only mixed approval. I was reading everything I could on planning and looking at published plans, and finally I saw the key - "plan the plan." It is the same basic notion as "plan the dive, dive the plan." Since senior management generally signs off on policy, you want to write balanced, defendable policy that gets approved the first time. The goal of both the planning and policy sections is simple: to give you the tools to create repeatable, successful products. The final section will help you build management and leadership skills to enhance the organization's climate as well as team-building skills to support the organization's mission and its growth in productivity.
- Stephen Northcutt