Overview Next training

Duration 2 days
Time from 09h00 - 12h00 & 13h00 - 17h00
Next training date 13 may until 14 may 2024
Next training location Van der Valk Hotel Brussels Airport





Module 6 Leadership - presentation video

Our Advisory Board member Tim Groenwals was closely involved in the creation of this module. He’ll present the content of the Leadership aspect of the training track. 

This training is taught in English.

Being a CISO goes beyond understanding threats, technology or infosec policies. It’s also important to explain the why and how to your senior management, your executives, or your Board. And did you already wonder how will you address the skills shortage on today’s market?

We will guide you through the process of identifying your stakeholders, but also give you some practical tips in communicating your (cyber)security strategy and budget needs.

Some of the critical questions we cover include issues like:

  • Who are your stakeholders being a CISO?
  • How can you communicate effectively with your Board and senior management?
  • How to attract, train and keep your CISO staff?

Why take this course?

By the end of this course, you’ll have a firm grasp on:

  • The position of a CISO in the organization
  • How to demonstrate your value as CISO to your stakeholders
  • How to influence your organization
  • Measure what matters, and tell a story
  • Do’s and Don’ts of presenting cyber to your Board
  • Attract, train, and retain information security talent


This course is also the sixth module in a unique programme intended to lead to formal CISO certification. To check out the other modules, download this file: CISO BROCHURE DOWNLOAD

Target group

Who is the Certified CISO programme’s  ‘Leadership’ module intended for? This module targets to-be, new as well as experienced cybersecurity officers, managers and other security professionals tasked with crafting a companywide information security upgrade strategy. Those working in risk management and/or conducting security-related audits could also benefit from this course.

Learning goals

What you’ll learn in a nutshell:

  • How did the CISO role evolve over time?
  • How to demonstrate value of your CISO team?
  • Who are your stakeholders?
  • How to influence your organization?
  • Do’s and Don’ts of Board presentations
  • How to attract, train and retain your CISO staff?

Learning approach

We’ve lined up highly skilled professionals who have been in the trenches for years. They share practical advice and workarounds and teach you the core of what you need to know. The course itself is a combination of some theory, but mostly practical and proven approaches, combined with practical exercises to apply what you have learned to real-life situations.

Of course, there will be plenty of time to discuss your own challenges (or blockers) and get expert advice on how to solve these.

End product

You’ll be awarded a certificate of completion at the end of the course. This module does not entail any exams or official certification.

Note: Do you have plans to pursue the entire ‘Certified CISO’ programme? In that case, you’ll need a certificate of completion for all modules, and they must have been obtained within the past two years. The first six modules must be completed to start the 7th and final module, the ‘Master Project’, where you will apply the content of the previous modules to a single integrated project. Once finished, and if you obtain a positive evaluation, you’ll be awarded the ‘Certified CISO’ certificate.

Your bonus training package includes:

  • Training material (printed and PDF format): handouts of the presentations with notes
  • A list of useful links with additional information on standards and frameworks discussed during class
  • The exercises and their solutions (where applicable)


This is a classroom-based, non-technical course. Bring something along (e.g., a laptop, notebook, tablet) to take additional notes.

Course prerequisites:

  • Some experience in a corporate environment as a manager could be beneficial but is not essential.


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Day 1

09h00 - 17h00

1| Introduction

  • Evolution of the CISO role
  • Typical CISO reporting lines
  • Expectations from business
  • How to demonstrate value?

2| Stakeholder Analysis & Management

  • The CISO stakeholders
  • How to earn trust?
  • How to influence your organization?

Day 2

09h00 - 17h00

1| Board / Top Management Communication & Persuasion

  • Measure what matters, and tell a story
  • Examples of Board presentations
  • Do’s and Don’ts of presenting cyber to your Board

2| Attract, train, and retain information security talent

    • How to attract security talent?
    • How to train your CISO staff?
    • How to retain your people?



VAT exclusive


"CISO Certificate of Completion"

Lunch, coffee, refreshments and course material included.

SME portfolio Flanders - higher subsidy for theme CYBERSECURITY: 45% for small and 35% for medium-sized enterprises.

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Schedule 2024






CISO M6: Leadership

13 may until 14 may 2024


CISO M6: Leadership

3 december until 4 december 2024


We are recognized by:

  • Registration number KMO portefeuille: DV.O213013

    Our courses are accredited for the KMO-portefeuille. This means that, depending on whether you are a small or medium-sized enterprise, you can receive a 45% or 35% subsidy (for cybersecurity) from the Flemish Government on the cost of registration.

  • Acknowledgement by Chèque-Formation

    The training voucher allows you to benefit from financial aid to train your workers in one of the approved training centres. Worth 30 euros, it corresponds to 1 hour of training per worker.


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