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About the programme

Next In-Person Event: 15th – 16th September 2022, Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh (£1,250 + VAT)

In today’s landscape of escalating cybercrime, mitigating cyber risk is not the Chief Information Security Officer’s responsibility alone — it is everyone’s job.

Getting ahead of hackers and other security risks requires the active engagement of non-technical management, as well as an overall commitment to building a cyber security culture within your organisation.

This programme, which is developed and delivered by Ciaran Martin, former CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre provides CEOs, Directors and Non-Executive Directors with frameworks and best practices for managing cyber security-related risk, separate from the specialised IT infrastructure typically associated with this topic.

This two-day, in-person course includes lectures from Ciaran Martin and SBRC’s Head of Ethical Hacking & Client Services, Declan Doyle and highly interactive discussions, as well as case studies related to:

  • Increasing your overall cyber security awareness.
  • The role of non-tech leaders play in cyber security management.
  • Actionable ideas to increase cyber resilience.
  • How to measure your organisation’s cyber-safety level — and how it’s changing over time.
  • How to speak the language of cyber security to enable informed conversations with your technology teams and colleagues, and ensure your organisation is as cyber secure as possible.

Executive Education Registration

Over the past year we only offered online courses, however we will now also be holding two-day, in-person events.

The next course will be held on 15th – 16th September, Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh (£1,250 + VAT).

Please register below and we will be in contact with you regarding payment and venue details for your selection.


Day 1: 15th of September

9.30 Registration – Tea and Coffee
10.00 Welcome – Jude McCorry, CEO, SBRC and Ciaran Martin
10.30 “What I wished I’d known” – Two recent cases of cyber attacks in Scotland presented by the CEO/Execs
12.00 Q&A around case studies
12.30 Lunch
13.15 “What I need to know about as an Exec about the different types of Cyber attacks and how they occur” – Chris Ulliott – Chief Information Security Officer, NatWest Group and Declan Doyle – Head of Ethical Hacking, SBRC
14.45 Coffee Break
15.15 “What Police Scotland are seeing and what their role is in Cyber Investigations in Scotland” Detective Inspector, Andy McLean – Police Scotland, Cyber Investigations Unit
16.00 “What you should know and do as a CEO/NXD when handling an incident” David Calder, CEO, Adarma
17.00 Q&A
18.00 Dinner (Optional)

Day 2: 16th of September

9.30 Welcome and Recap – Ciaran Martin, former CEO of NCSC, Professor of Practice in the Management of Public Organisations
Day 2 “Putting your through your paces as a CEO” by Ciaran Martin and how you would handle a cyber attack, using case studies.

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Leading the programme

The Programme is designed and delivered by Professor Ciaran Martin, the founding Chief Executive of the National Cyber Security Centre, part of GCHQ.

Ciaran Martin is currently a Professor of Practice in the Management of Public Organisations and sits on the SBRC board.

Ciaran led a fundamental shift in the UK’s approach to cyber security in the second half of the last decade. He successfully advocated for a wholesale change of approach towards a more interventionist posture and this was adopted by the Government in the 2015 National Security Strategy, leading to the creation of the NCSC in 2016 under his leadership.

His knowledge of public finances, national and international security and the central bureaucracy of Whitehall is a rare combination of experiences and expertise.


The programme is designed and delivered by Professor Ciaran Martin and Declan Doyle. The training will consist of three modules delivered over the two-days.

As well as the modules, there will also be interactive case study work outside of the programme in groups. For more details on the modules click here.

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