University of Oxford & Mastercard team up on cyber skills programme
Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and Mastercard have launched a new Oxford Cyber Futures online programme aimed at equipping senior executives to address new cyber risks and opportunities.
The six-week all-digital programme will cover critical topics in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, threat analytics, data privacy and digital ethics.
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 Esme Learning Solutions to provision dynamic real-time capabilities that enhance the collaborative nature of the online experience.
The programme will include academics and fintech industry professionals such as: 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).
It will feature research, content and data from renowned academics and industry leaders. 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.
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“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,” says 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.”
Andrew White, associate dean for executive education, Saïd Business School, notes that demand for online learning has reached unprecedented levels in the wake of broader digital advancements, and more recently the COVID-19 crisis.