Managing Cybersecurity and Risks

Part of the ModularMaster Certificate in Technology and Management

As our world becomes increasingly digitised, digital security grows more crucial than ever. While advances in technology present new opportunities for us to live, work, and play, they also make us more vulnerable to cybersecurity risks. What if our everyday digital services cease to function, or if our data is no longer secure?

Because technological innovation is a double-edged sword, it’s important to build a company’s digital security, starting at the strategic level, producing a relatively abstract vision that is molded at the operational level into proscribed operating instructions: a security and enablement plan.

This course provides a comprehensive understanding into today's digital security environment, and how we can apply the knowledge to minimise risk, leverage opportunities, and implement solutions to best manage cybersecurity and risks.

Course Details

Course Dates:
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Who Should Attend

This course is for business leaders, senior executives and entrepreneurs, and IT professionals responsible for leveraging the possibilities created by digitalisation and building innovation powerhouses within their companies.
We recommend the course for change managers, core strategy team members, business managers, product development managers, and IT professionals. The course is suited to key functions like marketing, operations, IT, strategy, and general management.

Programme Outline

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants can expect to:

  • Understand the reality of the current digital world, including threats, opportunities, and solutions

  • Articulate threat model and create a comprehensive security preparedness model

  • Understand the trends of cybersecurity

  • Utilise the tools learnt to address real-world business challenges

Day 1
  • Introduction to the module and faculty, programme flow and pre-assignments
  • Project instructions, project briefing and assignment of groups
  • Identification of personal learning goals of the current module set by oneself
  • Understand the current trends and the near future of digital security
  • Understand digital security risks and opportunities
  • Group work
Day 2
  • Introduction to the methods of digital security
  • Learn to use preparedness model
  • Developing digital security practice
  • Hands-on exercise
Day 3
  • Cybersecurity controls and threat management
  • Cybersecurity standards and best practices
  • Singapore cybersecurity laws and regulations
  • Trustworthy system access and control
  • Enterprise cybersecurity - architectural basis
Day 4
  • Trustworthy system access and control
  • Enterprise cybersecurity - architectural basis
  • Enterprise cybersecurity - protocols and technologies (secure web and sockets, HTTPS, SSL/TLS, VPN, IPsec, etc)
Day 5
  • Project presentation

Multiple methods of assessment are used to provide an opportunity for the participants to demonstrate their learning results with a variety of learning styles.

These include:

  • Pre-assignment due before in-class session
  • Class contribution
  • In-class assignments (group work and presentations during the module)
  • Take-home assignment due after in-class session
Subject Credits

Upon completion and satisfying the requirements of passing this course, learners will be awarded 12 subject credits.

Course Fees and Funding

Full course fee inclusive of prevailing GST

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SkillsFuture Course Fee subsidy (70%)

  • For Singapore Citizens < 40 years old 
  • For Permanent Residents

You pay

Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (90%)

  • For Singapore Citizens ≥ 40 years old

You pay

Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (90%)

  • For SME - Sponsored employees

You pay

The above module fee payable is inclusive of 9% GST. 


Prof David Yau
Professor, ISTD

David Yau obtained the B.Sc. (first class honors) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), and M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, all in computer science. He is now Professor in the Information Systems Technology and Design pillar of the Singapore University of Technology and Design. Since 2010, he has been Distinguished Scientist at the Advanced Digital Sciences Center, Singapore, where he is Cybersecurity Program Director.

He is also Qiushi Chaired Professor in the Department of Control, Zhejiang University, China. From 1997 to 2013 (on leave 2010-12), he was Assistant Professor then Associate Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University (West Lafayette). In 2004, he was on sabbatical leave as Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, CUHK..

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Hadi Ghanbari
Assistant Professor, Aalto University School of Business

Hadi Ghanbari is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems at Aalto University School of Business (Finland). Simultaneously, he is a research fellow of the FinEst Centre for Smart Cities (Estonia). Before joining Aalto University in 2019, he was a member of the Information Security Management research group at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland). He has been a project manager in several pan-European cybersecurity research and innovation projects. He had also served as a visiting researcher at the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software (Ireland) and the Software Centre (Sweden). Before joining academia in 2010, he had worked in several positions in the IT industry.

Hadi mostly conducts empirical research on sociotechnical aspects of digital innovation, with a focus on information security, Technical Debt, and stakeholders' competencies and behaviour. More recently, he has been studying the role of urban analytics in developing sustainable and resilient digital services. He is especially interested in studying the security and privacy concerns and consequences of such digital innovations for smart city stakeholders.   


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