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Executive Master in IT Risk & Cyber Security Management

Master in IT Risk & Cyber Security Management - Overview

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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, cyber security 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 information risk, security and compliance responsibilities. The program represents cyber security 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

Learning objectives

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 technical 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 scenario’s 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 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.


The master’s degree ‘Executive Master in IT risk & Cyber Security Management’ is AACSB and NVAO accredited. Graduates obtain a “MSc” (Master of Science) diploma of Antwerp Management School.

In addition you will receive a Certificate for the module Corporate Governance, Risk & Compliance of Maastricht University School of Business & Economics.


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.

Profile of last edition
* Female 7%
* Male 93%
* Average age 43

Dutch 50%
Belgian 21%
International 29%

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Danny Lauwers

Phone: +32 3 265 47 68


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