Alliance Manchester Business School - AMBS

Navigating Cyber Risk

This ‘as-live’ exercise comprises a safe-space experience of a cyber incident, enabling you to rise above the technical babble of fear, uncertainty, and doubt.

In today’s business landscape, the unfortunate truth is that cyber threats are constantly evolving. As cyber criminals become bolder and more sophisticated in their efforts to exploit the online networks of organisations, it’s more important than ever that businesses prioritise their cyber security strategy.

Find out more about the course from Professor Daniel Dresner:

4 days
Upcoming sessions:
28-31 Oct 2024
20-23 May 2025
Contributes to the Manchester Professional Diploma in Leadership

Key information

Course topics

When a cyber incident occurs, it’s essential that business leaders have a toolkit of measured responses that are suitably swift and effective, to enable their organisations to cope with informed decisions, and actions that contribute to the overall resilience of their business.

This course will advance your ability to plan for the future and understand how to react and lead from a non-technical perspective when your organisation is faced with the realisation of cyber threat.

During the course, you will explore a number of themes in relation to cyber risk, including a case study over the duration of the course to apply your learning.

Day one:

  • Learn the intelligence-led approach to cyber security
  • Analyse examples of cyber security incidents

Day two:

  • Review the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) categorisation of incidents
  • Participate in a counter-phishing exercise
  • Hear from a leading industry speaker and gain valuable insights from their experience

Day three:

  • Understand the challenge of cyber risk across the supply chain
  • Explore the evidence needed when cyber incidents happen

Day four:

  • Learn valuable insights from a guest lecture and discussion
  • Understand how to declare when information is secure ‘enough’
  • Explore how senior leaders should behave when cyber incidents occur

During the course, you will have a range of opportunities to get to know your class, including a course dinner which offers the chance to come together with a wider cohort of short-course learners to help expand your network.

How you learn

Throughout the course, you will hear from leading industry experts, network with a variety of business leaders and work with other delegates to apply core aspects of the course to your organisation.

During your time on this course, you will gain several stand-out learning experiences, including:

Applied Learning – A learning environment created by the course facilitator that draws on the experience and input of your course peers.

Knowledge Transfer – A steady stream of feedback from participating peers with diverse business backgrounds to help build your leadership skills.

Reflection – A rare time-out to contemplate your own leadership capabilities and challenges while engaging with our world-class faculty.

Network Expansion – An expanding professional network drawn from your peers.

Personal Growth – An expanding self-awareness of your own leadership competencies and how they can be honed.

Behavioural Change – An adoption of new rationales and mindsets that improve your managerial skills.

How you benefit
  • Gain up-to-date knowledge about the latest cyber security risks in the ever-changing business landscape
  • Learn to effectively identify, assess, and mitigate cyber security risks by detecting potential vulnerabilities and developing an incident response strategy
  • Grasp the importance of safeguarding data, ensuring that sensitive information remains confidential and secure at all times
  • Achieve a greater understanding of efficient incident response, crisis management and communication strategies which minimise damage and facilitate a speedy recovery in the event of a cyber incident
  • Build a strong professional network of industry experts, opening doors to future collaboration and mentorship
How your organisation benefits
  • Adopt actionable cyber-security awareness for your organisation to encourage good practice
  • Learn to protect your organisation’s reputation, maintain trust amongst interested parties, and enhance resilience in the event of cyber-security incidents
  • Explore a competitive stance for your organisation, making cyber security business as usual, contributing to the long-term success 
Who should attend

This course is for senior leaders working in operational roles such as finance, HR, business engagement, and facilities. It is of particular value to those in non-technical roles who will be affected by cyber incident and will have to cooperate with the emergency responders who will be charged with minimising the technical impact of such situations. 

Delegates should have decision-making responsibilities in the event of a cyber incident to be able to fully grasp and put the learnings from this course into practice. 

Course Lead

Daniel Dresner is the first Professor of Cyber Security at the University of Manchester.  He joined the University after 22 years with The National Computing Centre where he designed DTI’s Towards Software Excellence programme, created SANS’ BS 7799 training, edited the UK’s first national security breaches survey, and co-wrote the standards for IT departments, SMEs, and source code escrow.

He takes a diverse community-based approach to cyber security, running exercises to help cope with the risk of online harms, particularly amongst young people. His research is centred around balancing people and technology for successful cyber security. 

Daniel contributes to books, conferences, and has appeared on the BBC explaining cyber security to the wider community. He is a Fellow and Founder member of the Chartered Institute of Information Security. Daniel was voted a top 20 cyber security influencer worldwide 2018-2021 and Best Educator at the Security Serious Awards 2022.


Upon successful completion of this short business course, participants will be awarded the Manchester Professional Certificate in Navigating Cyber Risk.

You will also receive a digital Manchester Professional Certificate in Navigating Cyber Risk from Accredible, in the form of an online certificate and badge which can be displayed on LinkedIn profiles and represents completion and participation in the course.

You can choose to curate your own curriculum by attending any four courses from our extensive portfolio. On completion of the four courses of your choice, you will be awarded the Manchester Professional Diploma in Leadership.

As part of the professional diploma, you will receive three executive coaching sessions.

These sessions will help you to apply your continued learning directly into your organisation, identify the specific skills needed to enhance your leadership capabilities, and align your professional development goals with the wider goals of your organisation.

Staying in Manchester

If you choose to stay in Manchester during your time on one of our short business courses, you can benefit from preferential rates at the Hyatt Hotel, a modern and elegant hotel located at the heart of our campus and adjoining the Executive Education centre.

Learn more about the Hyatt Hotel >>

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The course provides an in-depth exploration of the effects of a cyber-attack. Delegates will hone their leadership and tactical decision-making skills to respond to cyber incidents

Daniel Dresner, Professor of Cyber Security at The University of Manchester.

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If you have any questions or would like to chat to us about this course and how it could benefit you, please get in touch with the course advisor.

Eve Patten

Eve Patten

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