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


September 29 - October 2, 2024
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Evanston, IL USA

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 in-person 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.


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

  • Investment includes tuition, program materials, 3 nights' accommodation onsite, and meals for the duration of the program.

  • Enrollment is confirmed only upon receipt of full payment.

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

  • Registration deadline is August 30, 2024.

Investment: $5,000.00 per attendee.


Please contact Membership Services and Operations Manager, Lacey Miller, with any questions.

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

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

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

Course Design

Designed as a three-day immersive experience on campus, the course includes live instructor-led learning, group exercises, case studies, and multiple networking opportunities. Attendees must attend the entire program to receive a certificate of completion from the Kellogg School of Management.

Course modules include:

•    Strategy For Organizations
•    Influence Without Authority
•    The Language of Finance: Understanding Financial Risks and Engaging Stakeholders
•    Negotiations: Overcoming Barriers to Agreement
•    Values-Based Leadership: Becoming Your Best


Sunday, 8 October

  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Arrivals and lunch

  • 12:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Program Modules

Monday, 9 October

  • 8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Program Modules

Tuesday, 10 October

  • 8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Program Modules

Wednesday, 11 October

  • 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Program Modules

ISMA-Kellogg Partnership

The ISMA-Kellogg partnership began in 2008 and has since served more than 800 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.