ISMA-Kellogg Virtual Program: Understanding Security as a Business Asset
Now Offered Virtually!

September 2021 - Exact dates TBD
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT daily

Presented by Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

 A virtual strategic business course for senior security professionals. Seats are limited and will fill quickly!

Are you ready to lead your organization and fully integrate security as a strategic business asset?

Safeguarding people, information, operations and brand require security to be integrated into every aspect of the business. For many, this is a shift in mindset to see security not only as an essential element of enterprise risk management but as a critical business enabler.

Thinking like a business leader, asking the right questions, understanding the business goals and strategies empower security executives to assess associated risks and recommend solutions to add value and deliver business impact.  Successful security leaders possess a holistic view of security; they view the function through the business’s objectives, and can articulate that vision effectively to senior leaders and the board.

This virtual course is developed specifically for senior security professionals by ISMA and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. Through lectures, cases, simulations and group exercises you will learn leading management practices that will help you expand your leadership skills to enable you and your security team to speak the language of the business and become partners, facilitators, and problem solvers for business leaders across the organization.

Registration Info

This program is open to ISMA members and their staff. This is a virtual synchronous course, meaning the learning takes place real-time and is not "learn at your own pace." Enrollment is confirmed only upon receipt of full payment. 

Upon completion of the program participants will receive a certificate through the office of the Dean, Kellogg School of Management, Executive Education. This prestigious certificate will be most suitable for framing and display.

Early enrollment: Please email [email protected] to inquire about availability.

Cancellation Policy:
 Once fees are paid, they are not refundable; however, a replacement participant who meets the attendee qualifications can be substituted. 

For registration questions, please contact [email protected] 

Attendees will learn to:

  • Promote the security function as an integral part of enterprise-level risk management;
  • Articulate security’s value to any business initiative;
  • Understand how core business functions identify and create value;
  • Speak the “language of business” and ask the right questions; and
  • Influence and gain buy-in from stakeholders.

Who Should Attend

CSOs and members of their senior management teams who would like to improve their business acumen to better integrate security across the enterprise as well as position themselves and their team as thought leaders and trusted partners.


Course Design

Originally designed as a 3-day immersive experience on campus, the course is now being offered virtually over the course of two weeks. Attendees will be required to participate in 4 hours of real-time online work per day, 3 days per week over two weeks, including live instructor-led learning, group exercises, and virtual networking opportunities. Attendees must be available 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT daily on each scheduled course date. This is a synchronous course, meaning the learning takes place real-time and is not "learn at your own pace."  The Kellogg School of Management has successfully transitioned all its business programs to distance learning formats and attendees will still receive the same world-class, immersive education associated with this top 5 business school.

Course Schedule

One prior to start of course: Participants will attend an hour Virtual Program Onboarding call to meet the program team and other participants. 

Week One

Day 1 – 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT
Day 2 – 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT
Day 3 – 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT

Week Two

Day 4 – 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT
Day 5 – 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT
Day 6 – 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT


Attendees must be available 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT on each scheduled course date. Additionally, there is an optional "office hour" after each course date from 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. CT if an attendee chooses to remain online to discuss the course with the Academic Director.  This course is live and attendees are required to actively participate during the indicated time frames.

Additional curriculum and schedule information will be announced shortly.

Technology Requirements

Attendees must provide their own computer and Internet connection in order to participate. Attendees will also need a webcam, microphone and headset in order to participate live. Additionally, the below platforms will be used in conjunction with the course. If you are unable to access these platforms, you will not be able to participate in the course. Login instructions will be emailed to participants in advance of the course in order to test functionality.

  • Zoom(all instruction, group exercises, and social hours will take place on private Zoom rooms)
  • Canvas (all course materials will be distributed through canvas)
  • Slack (optional, but encouraged as a way to connect with fellow attendees)
If you have technology questions, please reach out to [email protected]

About the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

As a globally recognized pioneer in management education, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University offers innovative executive education from leading thinkers on today's business concerns and tomorrow's business possibilities. More than 6,000 executives and managers from diverse industries and cultures around the world attend our programs each year, and our vast alumni and corporate network continues to expand and grow. Approximately 44% of our faculty members are from outside North America, and they all have international experience. This global orientation allows for a more enriching learning environment and the valuable exchange of best practices. Teamwork and group study produce an interactive learning environment that is the hallmark of the top-ranked Kellogg School of Management. Cases and study groups are a core part of Kellogg’s instructional methodology. Kellogg prides itself on its culture of cooperation, the ability to foster an entrepreneurial way of thinking, and the outstanding networking opportunities offered by the programs.

The ISMA-Kellogg Partnership

The ISMA-Kellogg partnership began in 2008 and has since served more than 600 attendees. The ISMA-Kellogg partnership currently offers two courses for senior security executives and their staff:

Both courses offer CSOs and their senior management teams an opportunity to develop business acumen in order to better integrate security into the business and position security as a thought leader and trusted partner. The curriculum in these two courses complements each other; the C-Suite course builds upon the Strategic Leadership course. However, participants make take the courses in whichever order they choose.