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University of Oxford and Mastercard team on cyber skills programme

Source: Mastercard

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and Mastercard today announce the launch of a new Oxford Cyber Futures online programme aimed at equipping senior executives to address new cyber risks and opportunities – among the most significant industrial and societal challenges of the 21st century – using next-generation learning tools.

The six-week all-digital programme will cover critical topics in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, threat analytics, data privacy and digital ethics. Drawing together many of the world’s foremost thought leaders from academia and industry, including University of Oxford’s David Shrier (Programme Director), Pinar Ozcan (Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation), Luciano Floridi (Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information), Ivan Martinovic (Professor of Computer Science), Martin Schmalz (Associate Professor of Finance), Andrew White (Associate Dean of Executive Education) and Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland (Visiting Professor).

With research, content and data from renowned academics and industry leaders, Oxford Cyber Futures aims to reframe the challenges presented by an increasingly complex global cybersecurity landscape. Programme participants will gain an understanding of new concepts in software architecture, analyse critical issues in cybersecurity, digital privacy, net neutrality, data governance, artificial intelligence and digital ethics, and how they change the way society and businesses operate.

“Responsible cyber practice is one of the greatest business challenges of this generation, but also one of our greatest opportunities. We, as leaders, have a responsibility to safeguard customer security, mitigate risk and ensure the right regulatory guardrails are in place,” said Ajay Bhalla, President, Cyber & Intelligence, Mastercard. “To do this, we must stay at the very forefront of technologies that will grow and protect future industry. This course will equip leaders with the skills, insights and tools to do that - and, crucially, in a way that engenders public trust.”

“Demand for online learning has reached unprecedented levels in the wake of broader digital advancements, and more recently the COVID-19 crisis. We are therefore excited to add a new programme to our portfolio of digital experiences, extending our track record of bringing thought leadership and management capabilities to a wider audience through our outstanding online learning channels,” said Andrew White, Associate Dean for Executive Education, Saïd Business School.

The programme’s advanced digital learning environment integrates AI together with neuroscience and cognitive science, novel digital tools for greater engagement, and a unique set of cyber defence simulations specifically designed for the Oxford Cyber Futures programme. Oxford has retained digital pioneer Esme Learning Solutions to provision dynamic real-time capabilities that enhance the collaborative nature of the online experience.

“We are combining decades of experience in digital learning innovation with new, nextgeneration learning research to create a transformational online experience for people around the world,” said David Shrier, Programme Director for Oxford Cyber Futures. “Our business is equipping leaders to rapidly acquire new knowledge and skills they can use immediately, to deal with both the problems of today, as well as the challenges of tomorrow.”  

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