Cyber Security and Modern Business

Course outline

Almost every modern business is now digitally active, whether it be through e-commerce, business partners, cloud storage or the activities of their staff.

However while heightened digital activity has brought us greater efficiency and connectedness, there also comes an increased range of potential threats to our organisations.

This short course provides Directors, CEO’s and Managers with a practical toolkit to take back to their businesses, building their understanding of key cyber threats and more importantly, knowing what questions to ask of their organisations and I.T managers to ensure business continuity in the modern world.

This course is a collaboration between the University of Waikato Management School and the globally recognised Institute for Security and Crime Science.

This research is informed by partnerships with Interpol, New Zealand Defence Force, and the New Zealand Police.

Topics covered

  • Cyber Security concepts
  • Risk management and prevention
  • Cyber policy for your business
  • Business continuity and disaster recovery planning
  • Incident response
  • Five simple questions to ask your organisations cyber management experts to make sure your business is protected.


  • Managers and professionals
  • Senior management
  • Directors
  • C-suite level

Learning outcomes

Following the completion of this short course, participants will:

  1. Have a greater understanding around cyber security risks and common organisation IT vulnerabilities.
  2. Will understand risk mitigants and effective cyber policies – and how organisations have effectively implemented these into their businesses.
  3. Will understand the steps leaders should take during a cyber-incident and how to make sure their business recovers quickly.

Presenter - Ryan Ko

Associate Professor Ryan Ko is Director, New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science and Head of the Cyber Security Lab at the University of Waikato. Ryan is also an Affiliate Faculty Member of the Idaho State University National Information Assurance Training and Education Centre (NIATEC), USA.

He is part of the eight member NZ Cyber Security Skills Taskforce reporting to the NZ Minister for Communications, and a Technical Advisor serving the Minister of Justice in cases related to the Harmful Digital Communications Act. His main research goal is ‘returning control of data of users’, and his research interests cover Cyber Security, Cloud Data Provenance (Data Tracking), Applied Cryptography (Homomorphic Encryption), Data Visualisation and Cloud Computing Security.