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RIAS 180

Leading Security in Complex Organizations

A recent study published two interesting facts:
1. 85% of board members [surveyed] believe that IT and security executives need to improve the way they report to the board.
2. 59% of Board members [surveyed] say that one or more IT security executive will lose their job as a result of failing to provide useful, actionable information.
This course prepares new student leaders to communicate effectively to senior leaders and Board members on matters such as; IT security metrics and requirements, security risk management and data privacy topics, IT policy and regulatory matters. Student leaders will develop and practice skills necessary to report and elicit budget and financial impact on plans and department, qualitatively and quantitatively characterize and report upon risk and security metrics, and develop written and oral presentation skills. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
• State and translate complex matters clearly and write for and present to an executive or Board audience.
• Provide a critical assessment of IT security needs within their respective organization and relate solutions to budget requirements.
• Describe and assemble effective risk analysis and risk management teams and direct those teams toward effectively managing risk to business objectives.
• Explain the role of risk management, internal audit, compliance, and information security regarding IT security matters.
• Identify and describe legal and regulatory guidelines and generally accepted IT risk management and audit practices.
• Communicate professionally and persuasively in written communications ─ such as, research papers, discussion boards, case study analyses ─ and in oral presentations and briefs.

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