The Executive Master in IT Risk & Cyber Security Management provides you with a broad perspective and the managerial skills needed to develop and manage effective and sustainable solutions for cyber risks and threats.
In today’s fast-evolving society, companies and organizations have become highly dependent on information processing systems and, by extension, on waterproof security systems. With new cyber threats surfacing every day, cybersecurity is not something that simply can be delegated to the IT department. It must be on the strategic agenda at the highest level of the organization. As a result, the role of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and the Chief Information Officer (CIO) has changed significantly over the last couple of years.
In order to meet present-day stringent information security requirements, tech leaders must be well aware of the organization’s mission and vision. They must have insight into the company’s cyber threats and actor landscape as well as the internal security and risk capabilities. Moreover, they must be capable of encouraging the conscious and careful use of information within the organization.
The part-time Master in IT Risk & Cyber Security Management (MRSM) will result in the Master of Science (MSc) title. You will acquire up-to-date knowledge for information security professionals in order to excel in the governance and management of your organization's information risk, security, and compliance responsibilities. The program represents cybersecurity as an enterprise-wide risk management challenge, impacting technical, organizational, and governance responsibilities.
Participants will be immersed in the context of today’s data-driven environment and will learn how to develop and to implement information risk and security management strategies and policies, tailored to the specific needs of their organization. They will learn and understand the legal, technical, organizational, and cultural aspects required to implement a successful security strategy, generating value to their company and/or organization.
This internationally accredited Master of Science (MSc) in IT Risk & Cyber Security Management will trigger participants to confront practice with science. A highly interactive learning journey – supported by top faculty, visiting guest lecturers, peer-to-peer learning, case studies, individual and group assignments – will guarantee a well-balanced and unique mixture of rigor and practice.
This program is the only, double accredited Master of Science in IT Risk & Cyber Security Management in the Benelux
Antwerp Management School is the only academic institute offering a master's program (MSc) in IT Risk & Cyber Security Management in the Benelux, accredited by both NVAO and AACSB. Read more about the many advantages of this master.
The objective of this master's program is to educate next-generation leaders in Business & IT management and IT governance.
Rooted in scienceThe University of Antwerp and Antwerp Management School are representing more than 25 years of applied research in the domains IT Governance, Enterprise IT Architecture, and Enterprise Ontology.
Proven in practiceLearn and apply, i.e. put your learnings immediately into practice thanks to the highly interactive learning experience.
Top credentialsYear after year Antwerp Management School continues to be a highly-ranked management school by Financial Times and by Eduniversal for its Information Systems Management programs. Accreditations by the international AACSB and the Dutch/Flemish NVAO organizations are the guarantee for the highest quality standard. The program is compliant with the E-Competence Framework, EuroCIO, and ISACA.
Up-to-date with an international scopeHandpicked C-level guest lecturers and international industry specialists are ensuring an up-to-date global outlook.
Top participants & ambitious career outlookStudents & alumni of these programs are working in and have been promoted to top positions in their field of expertise.
Official & internationally accredited Master of Science (MSc) degreeAfter successful completion of the program, you will receive an official and internationally accredited Master of Science (MSc) diploma issued by Antwerp Management School.You will also receive a Certificate for the module Corporate Governance, Risk & Compliance of Maastricht University School of Business & Economics.In addition, you will be prepared to successfully obtain professional ISACA certifications such as CISA (Certified Information Security Auditor), CISM (Certified Information Security Manager), CGEIT (Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT), and CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control).
After attending this program, participants have further developed and broadened their professional skills in:
Governance: understand and apply governance mechanisms needed to develop and to implement security programs while taking into account business strategies such as buy and build strategies, (de)centralized IT, cloud strategies, global presence, outsourcing strategies, etc.
Management: develop, implement, and manage successfully information security & risk management strategies and policies tailored to the specific needs of the organization.
Measure: develop information security and risk management processes, integrate them in related corporate processes and associated technology & behavior, all with the objective to guarantee a good measurable corporate governance that can be monitored on its performance.
Technology: understand and develop a strategic technology implementation roadmap that is aligned with business goals and addresses contemporary architecture and technology such as cloud control, security orchestration, automation, and response capabilities, all with the objective to be compliant with the internal and external regulatory requirements.
Awareness: raise organization-wide awareness in terms of information vulnerabilities, risk scenarios, and decide on action-oriented information security measures and metrics.
Coordination: facilitate constructive collaboration between business requirements and technical information security experts in order to harmonize policies, operational activities (Security Operations Centers), and IT security aspects, in for example the cloud environment.
Leadership: create the right risk-aware culture with associated ownership and craftsmanship for business as well as IT. Develop, explain, and execute the necessary improvements and/or adjustments on people's behavior, process, and technology taking into account all legal, business, society, and human-related aspects.
In addition, you will be well prepared to successfully obtain professional ISACA certifications such as CISA, CISM, CGEIT, and CRISC.
Who are we looking for?
This program is designed for professionals that operate at senior management level or have management-level aspirations:
Information Technology professionals, (Chief) Information Officers, (Chief) Information Security Officers (CISO), Security Managers, Operational Risk Managers (ORM), Data-Protection Officers (DPO), Risk Analysts, Line Managers, (Senior) IT Auditors, Cyber Security Consultants, Compliance Officers, Chief IT Risk Officers, etc.
The master’s degree ‘Executive Master in IT risk & Cyber Security Management’ is AACSB and NVAO accredited. Graduates obtain an “MSc” (Master of Science) diploma from Antwerp Management School.
In addition, you will receive a Certificate for the module Corporate Governance, Risk & Compliance of Maastricht University School of Business & Economics.
The program focuses on deepening, broadening, and practicing your knowledge in IT Risk & Cyber Security Management. In addition, this program holds modules on business strategy, leadership, change, and data science.
The complete master track represents a 60 ECTS study load. Alternatively, you can also register for each individual module:
Residential opening seminar
Digital Transformation: Strategy & Leadership (12 ECTS)
Leading Digital Transformation
Mastering Digital Disruption
Business Research Methods & Master Project Preparation Coaching
Corporate Governance, Risk & Compliance (6 ECTS)
Cyber Security Management (9 ECTS)
Cyber Security Architecture & Technologies (9 ECTS)
Data Science for Business: Big Data-Driven Analytics & Practices (6 ECTS)
Master Project: evolving project, spread over the entire duration of the master program (18 ECTS)
Master Project: group and faculty coaching & feedback sessions
Leadership, Change, and Personal Development
ISACA Certification Lab (optional)
Digital Transformation Labs (4)
Executive Master Electives (2) (optional)
Our experienced faculty will coach and assist you during this program. All of them have an academic career (master, Ph.D. or DBA) and international experience in terms of career, research, project management, advisory boards, and/or consulting. Many of them have published their practice-based research, business cases, and management experiences. Our faculty are experts in executive education, tailor-made programs, and business consultancy.
Academic requirements are a master’s or bachelor’s level degree and a thorough working knowledge of English. All courses and communication are in English because of the international scope of our faculty and the diverse backgrounds of our students.
Professional requirements are at least 3 years of relevant work experience.
Please contact the Program Director in case of doubt regarding your eligibility for this master's program.
Step 1: Start your application by clicking the APPLY NOW button. Create a profile and fill in the non-binding online application form. Attach the requested documents.
Step 2: We will send you a link for the SHL online assessment in order to assess your analytical thinking and reasoning skills.
Step 3: After completing the SHL online assessment you will be invited for a 30-minute admission interview, either in person or by video call. This interview is led by the Program Director and/or Academic Director and consists of a discussion about your ambition and motivation to complete the Master in IT Risk & Cyber Security Management.
Step 4: Based upon a positive application dossier you will be offered a place in the program and If your candidacy is accepted, you will receive a link to finalize your enrollment.
Step 1 to 3 are free of charge and non-committal.
Special conditions are available for early registrants, SMEs in Belgium, and specific groups. We strongly encourage anyone who is interested in applying to contact us as soon as possible.
Every year we only accept a limited amount of candidates. We advise you to start the non-committal application process as soon as possible.