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Cyber Security Fundamentals for Directors

Online Short Programme

Technical Knowledge and Skills CPD

Booked out

Please note this workshop is now booked out. However, if you wish to be added to a cancellation list, we will try our best to get you a place.

Reach out to our Learning and Development Team to be added to our cancellation list and/or phone the office on +353 1 411 0010.


Security. Risk. Culture. Regulatory and legal. Compliance. Planning.

Join Bill McCluggage and guest speakers as they examine the key questions directors should ask their executive teams and advisors. These questions are essential to gaining a deep understanding of cyber security risks and impacts on a business.

Bill will take you through:

  1. Governance, Technology and Cyber Risk
  2. Regulatory, Legal and Compliance Matters for Boards
  3. Capability and Cyber Culture
  4. Planning and Incident Response – Board Actions

What you’ll get:

  • Clarity on where cyber security fits within their overall organisation strategy.
  • An understanding of the challenges of cyber security to reputation, and overall business and operational performance.
  • Gain an awareness of the emerging regulatory and legal landscape, and compliance requirements for their organisations.
  • Develop a grasp of the cultural change that may be needed to deliver a secure organisation and understand the impact of cyber secure strategies on operations, processes, and their supply chains.
  • Enable board-level attendees to see cyber risk as part of their overall business risk and the critical technology-based drivers in their business.
  • Gain a sufficient understanding on cyber security to enable an informed and fluent conversation on the performance of their organisation’s cyber risk policies and procedures with their technical cyber security teams.
  • Develop an action plan for their Board to prepare for, react to and withstand security compromises.

There are 4 morning sessions held from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm.

1. Governance, Technology and Cyber Risk.

Tuesday, 16th April 2024.

9:00 am to 12:30 pm.

Guest speaker is Joseph Stephens, Director of Resilience, National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). 

2. Regulatory, Legal and Compliance Matters for Boards

Tuesday, 7th May 2024.

9:00 am to 12:30 pm.

Guest speaker is Colin Rooney, Partner, Technology and Data Privacy, Arthur Cox LLP

3. Capability and Cyber Culture.

Tuesday, 28th May 2024.

9:00 am to 12:30 pm.

Guest speaker is Dr Valerie Lyons, Company Director and Chief Operations Officer, BH Consulting.

4. Planning and Incident Response – Board Actions.

Tuesday, 11th June 2024.

9:00 am to 12:30 pm. 

Guest speaker is Elaine Hanley, Partner, IBM Cybersecurity Services Ireland and UK.

Session one - Governance, Technology and Cyber Risk

Explore key business drivers and how to obtain senior management support for a robust technology and cyber security programme.

What we’ll cover:

  • Board responsibility for exercising appropriate oversight of cyber security risk management.
  • Technology and cyber risks management framework
  • Board-curious cyber security questions
  • Identifying business critical assets and components
  • Organisation risk appetite
  • Audit and risk committee responsibility for addressing cyber risk
  • Embedding basic cyber hygiene into business objectives
  • Information Security Management System review

Session two – Regulatory, Legal and Compliance Matters for Boards

Understand the responsibility of boards to ensure their organisations comply with various regulatory, legal and compliance regimes.

What we’ll cover:

  • The current and emerging regulatory, legal and compliance landscape
  • Building a cyber risk assurance framework
  • Understanding the mechanics of a cyber attack
  • Development of a board-level threat model
  • Balancing cyber security strategies and the impact on operational processes
  • Identifying and mitigating internal and external cyber risks

Session three - Capability and Cyber Culture

Discover the Board’s role in building organisational capability and growing a positive cyber security culture designed for business defence.

What we’ll cover:

  • The importance of putting people at the heart of security
  • Supply chain collaboration on cyber security
  • Layering your defences
  • Building an organisational cyber security management plan
  • Assessing the maturity of cyber security defence measures
  • Workforce skills and capability development

Session four - The Social Agenda: The Board’s Role

Equip yourself with the tools you’ll need to plan for a potential cyber security incident.

What we’ll cover:

  • The Board’s role in incident management
  • The anatomy of a cyber attack
  • Responsive incident management plan development
  • Recovery plan establishment
  • Creating a cyber risk management lifecycle
Bill McCluggage

Bill McCluggage

Chief Information Officer Expert

Introducing Bill McCluggage

Bill is an experienced Managing Director, IT Director, Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO), CISO, business and technology consultant, and company Chairman. He has worked for both the public and private sectors.

Bill is currently a Non-Executive Director for the following organisations: FCDO Services, Cocoon Data Technologies and Triangle Housing Association. He is also Chair of the Northern Ireland Fraud Forum and a CIO/CISO Advisor for Tanium. Bill is a former Head of Information Security at Open Banking, and former Irish Government CIO within the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

We will be hosting an online information session with Bill McCluggage on Tuesday, 12th March 2024 at 1:00pm. To join the information session, reach out to the IoD Ireland Learning and Development team at cpd@iodireland.ie

Is this eligible for CPD?

Dimension covered: Technical Skills and Knowledge

Eligible hours: 12 hours of Chartered Director CPD

This session may be eligible for other professional body CPD. Check with your relevant professional body.

Workshop participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance on completion of the session.

What is the cost?

IoD members - €1500 

Non-members - €1950 

It is not possible to book individual sessions, booking is paid for as a whole.

Cancellation and refund policy

Places are confirmed upon full payment. Cancellations with a full refund are accepted in writing to cpd@iodireland.ie until Wednesday, 10th April 2024.  After this date, no refunds are possible, and all fees are forfeited for cancellations or non-attendance. Please note this virtual but live and interactive series requires live online attendance at each session. Unfortunately, recordings will not be available as part of post-session materials.

Group bookings

Contact the IoD Ireland training team on cpd@iodireland.ie or phone +353 1 411 0010.

How do I attend? 

To reserve your space, book and pay through the “Book now” button.

Once registered, we’ll send an email to confirm your booking.

We'll also send a reminder email with a link to access the session closer to the date. You must click the link and confirm your details to receive the direct link to join the workshop.

The event will take place on Zoom. Download Zoom if you don’t have it already. Please ensure you have a working microphone and camera to take part in our interactive workshop.

Want to connect with fellow workshop participants?

All workshop attendees will receive a list of all other workshop participants in advance of the session. This will include name, job title and organisation. If you have any queries around this  please contact the Learning and Development Team.

For GDPR reasons, we cannot provide contact details on the attendee list. 


For any IoD Ireland Training Programme queries, email cpd@iodireland.ie or call +3531 411 0010.