ISMA Kellogg ProgramISMA-Kellogg Program: Understanding Security as a Business Asset


September 27-29, 2021 and October 4-6, 2021
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT, daily
Virtual via Zoom
Presented by Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

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, and understanding the organization’s 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 University. Through lectures, cases, simulations, and group exercises you will learn leading management practices that will help you expand your leadership skills and enable you and your security team to speak the language of the business. You and your team will become partners, facilitators, and problem solvers for business leaders across the organization.

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.


  • Open to ISMA members and their staff (ISMA members may send up to 5 attendees from their company)

  • Investment includes tuition and program materials

  • Enrollment is confirmed only upon receipt of full payment

  • New users to this site must create an account before registering for this course

Investment: $4000 per attendee.


Please contact your Membership Services Administrator, Lacey Miller, with any questions.

Course Design

Originally designed as a three-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 four hours of real-time online work per day, three 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 of 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.

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)

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. 

About 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.

This event is conducted under Chatham House Rule and attendees are expected to abide by the ISMA event code of conduct.