Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Program

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Course Duration


9 Months
Online and In Person

Course Fee

Be the Leader in IT Security and Risk Management

In today’s connected world, information security has emerged as a leading concern for individuals, organizations, and governments alike. As businesses digitalize rapidly and become more reliant on remote work, the potential for cyberattacks has increased dramatically. The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2021 puts cybersecurity failure as the fourth most significant global risk today. Information Security, once confined to an IT function or a specialist role, has now become a strategic necessity, and the role of the chief information security officer (CISO) has become increasingly vital. The modern CISO must be a business leader, motivating collaboration across the organization and driving solutions that enable the company to manage evolving risk and achieve its business goals.

If you want to discover powerful ways to build an enterprise-wide information security culture, the nine-month Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Program from NYU Tandon School of Engineering is for you.


of CEOs identify building a cybersecurity culture to be as important as building
technological controls.

Source: KPMG 2021 CEO Outlook


of CEOs view information security as a strategic function and a potential source of competitive advantage.

Source: KPMG 2021 CEO Outlook


of CEOs say that a strong cyber strategy is critical to engender trust with key stakeholders.

Source: KPMG 2021 CEO Outlook

Why Enroll in the CISO Program?

As a global education leader with a world-class faculty and state-of-the-art labs producing groundbreaking research, NYU Tandon is at the forefront of cybersecurity studies. You will be learning from faculty who helped shape the NYU Cyber Fellows program, which has produced alumni who work at top-tier companies, such as JPMorgan Chase, Google, and Amazon. The CISO Program is primarily designed to help you gain a holistic perspective of the cybersecurity landscape and become a future-focused leader.

What sets this pioneering nine-month program apart is that you will learn the leadership and advocacy skills to become a trusted advisor to the CEO and board, anticipating information security challenges and developing future-focused solutions aligned with business goals. As a participant in this unique learning experience, you will also have the chance to connect with the elite CISO Circle. It offers networking and mentoring opportunities with an exclusive advisory board of industry experts.

Comprehensive Curriculum

The CISO Program will equip you with the skills needed to drive information security strategy in your organization. This immersive nine-month learning journey covers three core modules through a mix of live sessions, video lectures, and weekly assignments. Guest lectures by industry practitioners provide an outside-in perspective on the latest industry trends while the CISO Circle offers networking and mentoring opportunities with an exclusive advisory board of industry experts. Your cohort will be assigned a success coach who will help you craft a learning journey aligned with your career goals.

  • CISO as a Leader

    • The Role Itself
    • Developing the Enterprise Information Security Strategy
    • Crafting and Communicating the Information Security Risk Story
    • Organizing and Developing Your IT Security Team
    • Identifying and Managing Strategic Partnerships

    Information Security and Cyber Risk Management

    • Fundamentals of IT Risk
    • Risk Frameworks and Assessment Methodologies/Tools
    • Establishing and Operating an IT Risk Governance Framework
    • Cyber Regulations, Information Security Law, and Ethics
    • Measuring Information Security and Setting Risk Appetite 
    • Quantifying Cyber Risk 
    • New and Emerging Technologies

    Risk and Information Security Programs

    • Managing the Complexities of Data Privacy
    • Understanding Threats and Leveraging Threat Intelligence
    • Information Security in the Cloud
    • The Intersection of Supply Chain Risk and IT Risk
    • Security Implications of Digital Interactions and Automation
    • Organizational Cyber Preparedness and Training
    • Threat Intelligence and Cybersecurity Analytics
    • Enterprise Cybersecurity: Using Data Science as a Game Changer
    • Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Analysis
    • Cyberattack Detection and Response Strategies

    *Electives are subject to change.

  • A three-day in-person networking event on the NYU Tandon campus in Brooklyn, New York City.

Key Program Features

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Core Curriculum

Kick-start your program journey with 18 weeks of in-depth core sessions in cyber risk management and information security.

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Flexible Learning Journey

Tailor your curriculum by choosing two online electives and gain the relevant skill set specific to your learning and career goals.

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Networking Event

Connect with high-achieving peers from around the globe and build a lifelong network of executives from different industries at a three-day in-person event on the NYU Tandon campus.

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World-Renowned Faculty

Learn from distinguished faculty who are subject matter experts and glean insights from global industry experts with guest lectures throughout the program.

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Success Coach

Craft your learning journey through regular check-in sessions with a dedicated success coach.

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Information Security Playbook

Throughout the program, you will work on an information security playbook that will serve as a career road map.

Leading Faculty

Our award-winning faculty are subject matter experts and leaders who are recognized for exceptional achievement as evidenced by their distinguished fellowships and memberships in national academies.

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Jim Routh

Faculty Director

Jim Routh has a long history in technology and cybersecurity as a leader and management consultant. An award-winning cybersecurity leader, Routh formerly served as CISO at MassMutual, CVS (CSO), Aetna (CSO/CISO), KPMG, and American Express. He’s currently a board member and advisor for several organizations and venture funds. Routh brings a vast business and technology background and is recognized as an industry leader in digital transformation and innovation in cybersecurity practices.

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Sanjay Macwan

Global CIO and CISO, Vonage

Sanjay Macwan currently serves as global CIO and CISO at Vonage, where his focus is on driving secure cloud-native infrastructure, digital transformation, and world-class data-driven decisions. Previously, Macwan built and led successful technology innovation programs for AT&T Foundry and Comcast NBCUniversal Media Labs. He holds 48 US patents in mobility, information security, cloud, multimedia and content, and IP networking. He is also an investor/advisor to local tech startups in sports, health care, and advertising and a venture capital firm Tech Council Ventures.

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Ed Amoroso

Chief Executive Officer, TAG Cyber LLC

Dr. Ed Amoroso is currently the chief executive officer of TAG Cyber, a research and advisory company that supports global enterprise cybersecurity teams and commercial security vendors. He was with AT&T for over three decades before retiring as the chief security officer in 2016. Amoroso has served as a research professor at NYU Tandon since 2017. He has authored six books on cybersecurity and dozens of major research and technical papers and articles in peer-reviewed and major publications.

Meet Your Success Coach

Faculty Member Varun Kaushal

Varun Kaushal

Success Coach

Varun brings years of experience as an IT Executive and Chief Technology Architect to the role of Success Coach. He has dealt with multiple internal and external data security threats and breaches at his various organizations. Varun has conducted several security audits of his organization and his client's online systems. As a part of ISO compliance, Varun has been audited to verify the security capabilities of his organization. Additionally, Varun has been responsible for a series of policy rollouts and technology upgrades. Varun and his team successfully reduced their security vulnerability footprint by over 80%. All audits followed ISO 27001 standards. His passion is helping people improve their lives and discover their potential. Varun pursues this with his work with education providers, non-profits, community organizations, and innovative startups.

Participant Profile

The CISO Program is ideal for senior professionals in information security-focused and IT management roles across diverse industries. Whether you have just stepped into a CISO role (or equivalent), are working as a consultant in the information security field, or are a rising security or IT executive tasked with overseeing your organization’s overall information security operations and strategy, you will benefit from the in-depth curriculum, expert faculty, and invaluable networking opportunities of this program.


  • Minimum 10 years of relevant work experience
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • International exposure (preferred)


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Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be awarded a verified digital certificate from NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

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