Mercyhurst, MCPc partner to equip business leaders with cyber smarts
Workshops provide executives insights on mitigating cyber threats
Just a year since the opening of the MCPc Cyber Education Center at Mercyhurst University, the Cleveland-based global data protection firm and the university are joining forces again to help local and regional businesses mitigate cyber risk.
MCPc and Mercyhurst will offer cyber security training to C-level executives, boards and management teams in an effort to lessen their susceptibility to cybercrime, which cost $3 trillion globally in 2015 and is projected to double to an annual price tag of $6 trillion by 2021.
As cyber attacks become more sophisticated, experts say the best defense is a proactive security strategy enterprise-wide, which is why Mercyhurst and MCPc are gearing their new education initiative to C-suites and boards of directors. Estimates are cyber security strategies supported by senior management can cut vulnerability to a cyber attack in half, according to research conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit.
Today’s cyber criminals attack all parts of a company and frequently include infiltration launched through third-party suppliers and customers. Such broad and complex threats require action from executives who oversee the entire enterprise.
As home to the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences, Mercyhurst is a leading academic enterprise in the delivery of intelligence and cyber security programming. The university’s partnership with MCPc, which specializes in data protection through end-to-end lifecycle management, directed its early initiatives toward educating college students in the MCPc Cyber Education Center, a high-tech cyber training and cyber mitigation facility that opened last August on the Erie campus.
Training business executives in cyber security is a critical need and a natural extension of the MCPc-Mercyhurst partnership.
“We recognize the complexity of today’s interconnected world and the potential landmines facing the security of corporate America, which is why we have chosen to extend our combined expertise to better equip business leaders with the knowledge and skills they need to protect their operations,” said Mercyhurst President Michael T. Victor.
“We’re excited to be partnering with Mercyhurst to offer a much-needed, high-value, hands-on cyber security course,” added Darin Haines, MCPc’s Senior Vice President, Global Consulting. “Cybercrime is absolutely one of the most critical business issues executives must confront today.”
Beginning this fall, MCPc and Mercyhurst will offer half-day training sessions for executives and/or business owners.
Through these workshops, participants will receive best-practice guidance on cyber security and be encouraged to take proactive measures toward increasing vigilance and implementing necessary precautions against threats. Specifically they will learn:
- the dramatically increasing risk cyber crime presents to their enterprise;
- consequences of a cyber breach for their organization, highlighting the financial, legal, and reputational damage potential;
- the need to have a business continuity plan in case of a successful cyber attack;
- the appropriate questions to ask their IT staff or IT firm to ensure their company is compliant with industry standards, and taking the right action to mitigate cyber risk;
- how to evaluate their cyber maturity.
The workshops will be presented by Mercyhurst cyber security experts Dr. Afzal Upal, Dr. Christopher Mansour, and Dr. Mahesh Maddumala. They will be offered in Erie, Cleveland and the surrounding region.