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National Association of Corporate Directors : NACD, Ridge Global, and the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University Announce Cyber-Risk Overs

Online program will confer first-ever cybersecurity oversight certificate to
board members

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With the critical issue of
cyber-risk oversight at the top of every board's agenda, the National
Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), Ridge Global, and the CERT
Division of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon
Universitytoday announced the development of the first-ever NACD Cyber-Risk
Oversight Program for corporate directors, which confers the CERT Certificate
in Cybersecurity Oversight.

The program brings together the professional-development capabilities of NACD,
the standard setter for responsible board leadership; Ridge Global's
experience supporting C-suite executives and board leaders; and the deep
cyber-technical expertise of the world-renowned SEI CERT Division to deliver
a cyber education and resource program that addresses the specific cyber-risk
oversight responsibilities of board members and executives.

"While NACD's latest governance survey found that only 14 percent of
respondents believe their boards have a high level of understanding of the
risks associated with cybersecurity," said NACD's CEO Ken Daly, "our director
members across the country have demonstrated a strong interest in enhancing
their cyber-risk oversight capabilities."

The NACD Cyber-Risk Oversight Program will include the CERT Certificate in
Cybersecurity Oversight, along with multiple NACD resources on cyber-risk
oversight such as NACD's Director's Handbook on Cyber-Risk Oversight, the
first private-sector resource to be featured on the Department of Homeland
Security's C3 Voluntary Program website.

"The SEI's CERT Division has long advocated that authority for enterprise
security should be held at the governance level of organizations-in boards of
directors and senior executives," said Robert F. Behler, deputy director and
COO of the SEI. "The NACD Cyber-Risk Oversight Program will help senior
leaders understand, achieve, and sustain an organization's position on cyber

The program will be delivered completely online, allowing busy corporate
directors and executives to complete the certificate from any location and at
their own pace. The robust, multi-module certificate program will improve
corporate directors' understanding of cybersecurity risks, detail the
respective responsibilities of the board and C-suite executives in cyber-risk
oversight, and engage participants in a cyber-crisis simulation. The course
will culminate in a comprehensive exam. Upon successful completion of the
exam, participants will earn the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight.

"Cyber threats have added another complex layer for corporate directors as
they help to manage 21st century business risk," said Gov. Tom Ridge, the
first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and CEO of Ridge Global. "Ridge
Global is pleased to partner with NACD and the SEI on this innovative program
to help board members and executives strengthen their ability to work with
both IT and enterprise leaders to more effectively evaluate and reduce
digital risk."

The NACD Cyber-Risk Oversight Program is expected to be available in late

Visit to request additional information
about the NACD Cyber-Risk Oversight Program for corporate directors.

About NACD
The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) empowers more than
17,000 directors to lead with confidence in the boardroom. As the recognized
authority on leading boardroom practices, NACD helps boards strengthen
investor trust and public confidence by ensuring that today's directors are
well-prepared for tomorrow's challenges. World-class boards join NACD to
elevate performance, gain foresight, and instill confidence. Fostering
collaboration among directors, investors, and governance stakeholders, NACD
has been setting the standard for responsible board leadership for 40 years.
To learn more about NACD, visit To become an NACD member,
please contact Steve Kalan at or 202-572-2089. If you are
already a member, contact your NACD Membership Advisor to ensure that you are receiving the best
value from your membership.

About Ridge Global
Ridge Global is the risk management firm led by Tom Ridge, the first U.S.
Secretary of Homeland Security and 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania. Ridge
Global works with C-suite and board executives around the world to reduce
enterprise cyber risk and to build more resilient organizations through
innovative protection and response capabilities, cyber education and
insurance solutions. Learn more at

About the Software Engineering Institute

The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a federally funded research and
development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated
by Carnegie Mellon University. The SEI works with organizations to make
measurable improvements in their software engineering capabilities by
providing technical leadership to advance the practice of software
engineering. For more information, visit the SEI website at
The CERT Division of the SEI is the world's leading trusted authority
dedicated to improving the security and resilience of computer systems and
networks and a national asset in the field of cybersecurity. For more
information, visit
Media Contacts

Henry Stoever

Ridge Global
Steve Aaron

Software Engineering Institute
Richard Lynch


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Source: National Association of Corporate Directors via Globenewswire

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