Cyber Leadership Program (CLP)

Unlock your full cyber leadership potential

Master real-world cyber leadership skills. Learn from distinguished industry leaders.

Whether you’re an aspiring, new, or seasoned CISO, this advanced cybersecurity leadership program will elevate your strategy execution, executive communication, and influencing skills – boosting your credibility with executives and boards.

An intensive 8-week online program you can take at your own pace.

Watch this short video for an overview of the Cyber Leadership Program

Program slots are limited and fill up quickly.

Early registration is recommended to secure your slot.

Next start date: Monday 3 June 2024


8 weeks, 4-5 hours per week


Monday 3 June 2024


USD 3,250

Program slots are limited and fill up quickly. Early registration is recommended to secure your slot.


8 weeks, 4-5 hours per week



3 June 2024


USD 3,250

Program slots are limited and fill up quickly. Early registration is recommended to secure your slot.


Darren Argyle

Darren Argyle FCIIS

Chairman and Co-Founder

  • ⁠Ranked in the Top 100 Chief Information Security Officers globally in 2017 and 2022, achieving  'Innovator of the Year' by SANS Institute 2022.
  • Mentored the launch of innovate cyber software business, expected exit in excess of $100m. Five years co-founder of Cyber Leadership Institute.
  • ⁠In 2023, awarded Chief Security Officer 30 (CSO30) for the third year running. Including the first Leadership award for CSO30.
  • ⁠Former Group CISO four times, including S&P Global (formally Markit), Qantas Airlines, Standard Chartered Bank and IBM.

Phil Zongo

CEO and Co-Founder

  • Bestselling author of the The Five Anchors of Cyber Resilience - an executive cyber strategy book.
  • Winner of multiple industry awards, including ISACA International’s 2017 Best Book / Article Award SACA’s for his paper, “The Automation Conundrum.”
  • Featured in multiple channels and publications (ISACA International Magazine, The NZ Business Herald, IT News, The Australian).
  • Named as one of the Top 7 Global Cyber Security Leaders in 2023 by the Security Magazine and ISACA.
Jan Schreuder - Former senior Cybersecurity Partner with a Big 4 firm in Australia and Switzerland for more than 25 years.

Jan Schreuder

COO and Co-Founder

  • Former senior Cybersecurity Partner with a Big 4 firm in Australia and Switzerland for more than 25 years.
  • Over 35 years consulting experience, managing large teams to deliver complex cyber transformational projects.
  • Advisor to several companies, working with senior executives and boards of directors.
  • Named in the IFSEC Top 25 Most Influential Global Cyber Security Professionals in 2022.

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Week 1: The role of a CISO / Cyber Leader

Introduction: Housekeeping
Cyber Leadership Program Overview
Introduction: Modules 1 to 8
Introduction: Cyber Resilience Mindset
1.1. Becoming a cyber executive – a CISO story
1.1.a. Essential Lessons for Success
1.2. Exploring the many types of CISO role
1.3. Finding your ideal CISO role
1.4. Building your personal brand, get noticed and stand out
1.5. Preparing for and being successful at interviews – get the top job!
1.6. Essential tasks in your first 100 days as a CISO
1.7. Engaging as a business, enhance your standing in the C-suite
Avoid these mistakes, build personal resilience for the inevitable
1.9. What additional supplementary learning should you undertake
Week 1: Action Items

Week 2: Developing a high value cyber resilience strategy

2.1. Introduction
2.2. Approach – the basics
2.3. Fundamentals first – crown jewels and minimum controls
2.4. What is cyber resilience?
2.4B. Bonus Module: Which cybersecurity framework should you choose?
2.5. Developing a high value cyber resilience strategy
2.5B. Developing a high value cyber resilience strategy (Part 2)
2.6. Assessing your current cyber resilience – getting visibility fast
2.7. Communicating the strategy to get stakeholder buy-in
2.8. Setting up for success and quick wins
Week 2: Action Items

Week 3: Leading an enterprise-wide cyber risk aware culture

Week 3: Introduction
3.1. Developing a cyber savvy workforce
3.2. Delivering and measuring real behavioral change
3.3. Gamification applied cyber awareness to transform mundane
3.4. Segmenting staff according to human risk exposure
3.5. Executive education and their leadership role in driving change
3.6. A CISO case study; global FinTech
Week 3: Action Items

Week 4: Building and leading world class cyber function

4.1. The role of the CISO in functional design
4.2. Establishing a function and building capability
4.3. Functional designs for industry sector, regional coverage and size
4.4. Matching talent and developing skills
Week 4: Action Items

Week 5: Stakeholder management

Week 5: Introduction
5.1. Who are our stakeholders?
5.2. Building trust, maintaining sustainable relationships
5.3. Effective board and executive communication
5.4. Getting the whole organization engaged
5.5. Communicating with the extended ecosystem
Week 5: Action Items

Week 6: Embedding agile cyber governance

Week 6: Introduction
6.1. Why strong cyber risk governance matters now more than ever
6.2 to 6.3. Why is cyber governance still difficult
6.4. Establishing cross functional cyber risk governance committee
6.5. Getting Board Cyber Risk Reporting Right
6.5B. Getting Board Cyber Risk Reporting Right (Part 2)
6.6. The Active Cyber Risk Profile
6.7. Measuring what matters – Board Cyber Risk Metrics
6.8. Measuring what matters – Board Cyber Risk Metrics (Part 2)
6.9. Simulating Plausible Cyber Breach Scenarios
6.10. Cyber Assurance Program
6.11 to 6.14. Tightening Supply Chain Cyber Governance
Week 6: Action Items

Week 7: Maintaining resilience, operational excellence

7.1. Sustaining resilience during constant change
7.2. Keeping up the momentum
7.3. How do we know? Tracking and monitoring
7.4. Keeping on top of the ever changing threat landscape
7.5A. Adapting our cyber strategies to new and emerging threats
7.5B. Adapting our cyber strategies to new and emerging threats (Part 2)
7.6. Ensuring resilience during major organisational change
7.7. Cyber resilience in mergers and acquisitions
7.8. Continuous testing and learning
7.9. Preparing for your own cyber exercise
7.10. Running your own cyber exercise
Week 7: Action Items

Week 8: Maximizing your impact and influence as a leader

8.1. Creating an environment built on trust and safety
8.2. Developing a cyber function operating strategy
8.3. Introducing the Cyber Leadership Framework©
8.4. Executive coaching, advancing your skills and career
Week 8: Action Items

Who is this for?

  • Cyber Security Professional - Whether you're aiming to quickly advance into cyber security management or are an experienced leader seeking an edge to secure international CISO roles
  • Senior Technology Manager - Already a manager but aiming to rapidly transition into a cyber security leadership role
  • Security Vendor / Consulting Firm - Enhance your understanding of and alignment with the needs of top cyber executives; become an indispensable, trusted advisor to CISOs and their teams
  • Senior Group CISO - Accelerate your team's leadership skills to transform them into a force multiplier for your success (discounts available for multiple team enrolments)

Value Delivered

  • Master the practical skills from distinguished CISO executives grounded in real world experience, not just theory
  • Gain true influence and impact among senior business leaders, the C-suite, and board members
  • Benefit from personalized coaching and mentorship, enhancing your performance in crucial job interviews
  • Experience the responsibilities of a senior CISO through a Capstone Project and simulate board presentations
  • FREE Bonus:
  • Enjoy a 12-month Premium Membership to the Cyber Leadership Hub (valued at $588)
  • Access to 100's of exclusive toolkits, peer networking with fellow CISOs, and opportunities in the global job market

Course Length

8 Weeks

(adjustable to your schedule)


4-5 hours per week

(of self-paced learning)

Register now – and in just 8 weeks of intensive online mentoring by cyber-industry experts, you’ll know you’re ready. You’ll have all the knowledge and skills you need to be a CISO who can thrive in the C-suite and with the board.

Register today and get a FREE:

  • 12-month Premium Membership ($588 value) in the Cyber Leadership Hub.
  • E-copy of the Amazon best-selling book The Five Anchors of Cyber Resilience by Phil Zongo.

Program slots are limited and fill up quickly.

Early registration is recommended to secure your slot.

After training and educating 1,000s of cyber security professionals and executives in more than 60+ countries, we are confident you are going to love your learning experience and gain the skills, confidence and relationships you need to take your career to the next level. If you aren't deeply satisfied with the first 30 days of our industry-leading course, simply let us know and we'll give you a full refund.



Josué Delgado


Lisbon, Portugal

"For me, the eight-week long cyber resilience strategy assignment was vital. Having ongoing access to experienced mentors and proven experts, pre-scanned templates, and peer cyber leaders to challenge my thinking, helped me refine my leadership, influencing, communication and strategy skills. I am already using these skills to reshape my own cyber resilience strategy"


Andrea Dearden

Principal IT Consultant

Perth, Australia

"I’m loving the interactive sessions we have in our weekly calls and the challenges we unpack together. Influence is an important skill when you are trying to drive change and manage risk"


Jasmin Krapf

Head of Security Awareness

Melbourne, Australia

"This was a fantastic program for anyone looking to gain confidence and knowledge in the breadth of cyber leadership. It really leaves no stone unturned. The combination of online learning, weekly discussions, and project was effective both in terms of time management but also being able to absorb and apply learnings. Highly recommend this"


Steve Zenone

Information Security Leader

San Francisco Bay Area

"I want to thank you again for the incredible Cyber Leadership Program. I find myself often going back to the playbooks and notes that I took throughout the program. Though I have a lot more to learn, a lifetime’s worth, I know that going through the program has helped level up the work and impact I make professionally"


John Handley

Cyber Security and Risk Consultant


"Challenging, inspiring program, the rollup call at the end of the week solidifies the content and shows the true value of collaboration! For anyone who has an appetite for a fast-paced, challenging mind-expanding course, which can only enhance their career path to a CISO, it is thoroughly recommended"


Bashir Semakula

vCISO | Cyber Security Advisor

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

"We're just 5 weeks in but I can already feel ready! The Cyber Leadership Institute's headline 'Know you are ready' is absolutely spot on! Well done, Phil, Jan, and Darren"


Upon successful completion of the Cyber Leadership Program, you will receive a Credly digital badge which you can use in email signatures and digital resumes and on social media sites such as LinkedIn to easily communicate your credentials.


All our leadership programs are delivered on the web on our dedicated Cyber Leadership Hub and on iOS and Android on our Cyber Leaders app.


What kind of professional should enroll into the program?

We have designed the Cyber Leadership to help aspiring cyber leaders accelerate their path to the C-Suite and thrive in those executives roles. We also work with experienced CISOs seeking to boost their credibility in board rooms or executive committees through sharper strategy design, executive communication, and influencing skills.

Some examples of current jobs you may hold include:

  • A senior IT professional responsible for managing and leading cyber transformation
  • A senior technical cybersecurity professional wanting to break out of functional roles into the c-suite
  • A head of information security or an IT security manager looking for their first CISO role
  • A newly appointed CISO looking for help and support with their first 100-day plan
  • A senior executive accountable for cybersecurity and looking for a strategic approach to managing cyber risk
  • A cybersecurity consultant seeking to enrich and sharpen their conversations with CISOs and executives

What experience is required and are there any prerequisites?

No leadership skills are required to enter the course, but there is an expectation that you have a background and experience in the world of cybersecurity and/or information technology.

If you’re unsure, schedule a call.

Where are you located?

Our headquarters is located right in the heart of the central business district in Sydney, Australia, where Phil Zongo and Jan Schreuder currently reside.

Our chairman Darren Argyle, originally from the United Kingdom, lives in Singapore, where he works as the Global Chief Information Security Risk Officer at Standard Chartered Bank.

Can my employer pay for the course?

Yes — some CLP attendees formally request their employees to fund for their participation in the CLP. You however must familiarize yourself with your company employee training policy in this regard.

To help make your life easier, we have drafted an email capturing most of the information employers often request. You can download it here.

Are the program fees tax deductible?

Whether the program fees are tax deductible will depend on the tax legislation in your country and your personal circumstances. In some countries a tax deduction may be available for some or all of the program fees, for example in Australia self-education expenses may be deductible if the education has a sufficient connection to your current employment. We recommend that you speak to your tax accountant or advisor to determine whether a tax deduction will be available.

What are my payment options / when do I have to pay?

Full payment — via credit card or bank transfer — must be received before the program start date. If you would like to arrange for a payment plan, please speak to your enrolment officer about available options.

How long is the program?

The learning content is self-paced, and we have carefully designed it to fit your busy schedule. We, however, recommend completing the program within the standard eight weeks to maximize the value of weekly collaborations with fellow participants.

What happens if I am unable to complete the program in 8 weeks?

If, for any reason, you are unable to complete the program in the recommended eight weeks, you can request a deferral at no extra cost.

Alternatively, you can ask to be re-enrolled into the next class, should it suit you.

If your employer has paid for your course, you may need to seek their approval first.

How do you deliver the program?

We have designed the CLP to cater for busy cybersecurity and technology professionals. All learning happens online so that participants can watch the pre-recorded modules in their own time, at a pace comfortable for them. That said, we encourage participants to do their best to keep up with the weekly lectures to maximize the value of group interactions. Transcripts for all online videos are also available online for those who prefer reading.

We host highly interactive Zoom calls where participants ask pressing questions, openly share career-defining mistakes and success stories in a safe environment. If you miss any of these calls, you can request a complete voice recording or transcript.

If you have a question specific to Phil, Darren, or Jan at any stage over the eight-week program, you can contact them via WhatsApp or email.

How many hours per week?

Participants should devote an average of 4-5 hours per week to earn their CLP badge.

We estimate participants to allocate their weekly time commitment as follows:

2 hours to go through online lectures, 2 hours to complete the strategy competition project, and 1 hour to attend the Zoom calls.

What time is the Zoom call?

Because of the global reach of our program, we have no preset times for our Zoom calls. Once the enrollment for a specific class is finalized, we organize the weekly Zoom calls, considering various time zones.

How long will I have access to the videos/materials?

Upon completing the CLP, you will have full access to the program content (online lectures and transcripts) for twelve months. Furthermore, you will retain full access to the Cyber Leadership Hub — an online repository of hundreds of high-quality strategy toolkits, playbooks, frameworks, and more — giving you full ammunition to thrive in your cyber leadership role.

How long have you been running the course?

The three co-founders (with combined experience spanning more than 70 years) have been practicing and teaching these proven leadership principles for decades. That said, our first formal CLP cohort graduated in February 2020.

How will people know I’ve completed the program?

Once you have fulfilled the CLP requirements, you will receive a Credly digital badge that you can use to showcase your solid grasp of cyber leadership essentials on LinkedIn or other platforms that matter to you. Credly, trusted by several large global brands, hosts the largest and most connected digital credential network.

Visit their website for more information

Are there many exams, assignments, or tests?

There is no standard exam or test at the end of CLP. To receive their CLP digital badge, however, participants must complete the cyber strategy competition project.

Over the course of the eight weeks, each participant develops a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy with detailed mentorship directly from Phil, Jan, or Darren. During week 7, we select three finalists and invite them to pitch their strategies to the entire cohort during the last Zoom call.

The winner receives a scholarship to Insead’s Leadership Communication with Impact Program, valued at EUR1,950, to further deepen their executive communication and persuasion skills.

Can you guarantee me a CISO role?

The Cyber Leadership Program will equip you with the leadership skills and confidence required to land a CISO interview and nail it. Obviously, no program can guarantee a CISO role. Still, the CLP will give you powerful tools to accelerate your path to the c-suite and thrive, as well as access to the fastest private global network of cyber leaders who share career and business opportunities. 

What if in Week one, I feel the program is not for me?

If you aren't deeply satisfied with the first 30 days of our industry-leading course, simply let us know, and we'll give you a full refund.

Are there still positions available in the upcoming enrolment?

To inquire about upcoming enrollment, please contact our support team.

Tell me about the registration process/costs/how do I get my name added to the list?

For more information regarding the Cyber Leadership Program, please download our course prospectus.

Click here today to speak to one of our enrolment officers, and we can secure your spot.

I have registered. What happens next?

Once you have registered, you will gain access to the course materials that you can peruse before the course commences. You will receive information via your nominated form of contact regarding start dates and scheduled Zoom calls. If you have further questions, schedule a call with one of our friendly consultants. 

How do I access my course? 

The course will be delivered via an online e-learning platform accessible from your desktop or mobile device, wherever you are. Once you have successfully registered, you will receive instructions on how to access the content. 

How many students are in a cohort? Who will be my classmates?

Cohort sizes vary but generally, we like to keep the cohort under 20 participants to provide comprehensive 1:1 support. Your classmates could come from anywhere around the world! You will meet your cohort in the Kick-off Zoom call and begin to build connections. 

When and how often will my cohort meet?

Depending on time zones, there are usually two Zoom sessions per week that are offered. You will meet weekly with those from your cohort that join your nominated Zoom session.

What time do classes meet?

Classes meet via weekly Zoom calls to facilitate learning. Because of the global reach of our program, we have no pre-set times for our Zoom calls. Once the enrollment for a specific class is finalized, we organize the weekly Zoom calls, considering various time zones. 

What if I can’t start the class on the date it’s scheduled to begin?

The program is self-paced and carefully designed to fit in your busy schedule. We recommend completing the program within the standard eight weeks to maximize the value of weekly collaborations with fellow participants. If you are unable to attend any or most of the scheduled Zoom calls, please speak to our friendly consultants to discuss options. We offer deferral and rescheduling enrollment at no extra cost should you need, just reach out to Emily Evans, our Community Management Specialist on the Hub.

What should I do if I’m away for a few days?

As the program is self-paced, you may be able to stay on top of the course work or catch up as required. You can access the course content anytime, anywhere. Please speak to one of our consultants or Emily Evans on the Hub if you will be away during the program and you expect it to impact your learning. 

Can I put CLP toward a professional certificate or degree program?

Completion of the CLP qualifies as CPE for cybersecurity bodies such as ISACA and ISC2. The exact requirements of each certificate body are slightly different, however completion of the CLP would typically qualify for 20 CPE credits, e.g. for the CISSP, it would be 20 “Group B” CPE credits. 

How can CLP bolster my career options?

The Cyber Leadership Program will equip you with the leadership skills and confidence required to land a CISO interview and nail it. You will gain powerful tools to accelerate your path to the c-suite and thrive, as well as access to the fastest private global network of cyber leaders who share career and business opportunities. For further information on how the CLP can bolster your career, speak to our friendly consultants. 

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

If you cannot find the answer to your question in these FAQs, please schedule a complimentary call with one of our friendly consultants 


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