WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 2, 2018) – The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the authority on boardroom practices representing more than 18,000 board members, celebrates the one-year anniversary of its Cyber-Risk Oversight Program. In its first year, more than 175 corporate directors and senior executives completed the course, while an additional 135 who are enrolled in the program are progressing to complete the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight. The in-depth online program helps directors enhance their cybersecurity literacy and strengthen their boards’ oversight practices. The course is offered in partnership with Ridge Global and Carnegie Mellon University’s CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute.

“Corporations recognize that cyber risk isn’t just an IT challenge. It’s a strategic, enterprise-wide matter that demands active board-level engagement,” said NACD CEO Peter Gleason. “NACD, CERT, and Ridge Global are helping to close the board's knowledge gap on cyber risk with this one-of-a-kind program.”  

Over the past several years, NACD surveys of board directors have consistently revealed concerns on the part of board members about whether their companies are sufficiently prepared to respond to a cyberattack, and a desire to improve board-level cybersecurity knowledge. NACD, CERT and Ridge Global developed the Cyber-Risk Oversight Program to address these concerns. One year after the program launch, we recognize the following corporate leaders who earned the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight:

Jennifer Addison Mel Flanigan Barry Kroeger Shaker Sadasivam
Rich Adduci Dhiren Fonseca James Lam Merline Saintil
Luis Aguilar Mike Fortune Mary Landry Jeffery Sauntry
Gregory Aliff Thomas Gannett Todd Lant Fred Scholl
Byron Bagby Jerry Garcia William LaPerch Laura Schulte
David Barnes Nancy Gioia Larry Laque Leslie Seidman
Adrian Barry Maryann Goebel Shelley Leibowitz Andrew Serwin
Stacey Barrack Linda Goodspeed David Ligon Gerald Shields
Ruth Bennett Elder Granger Melendy Lovett Jaan Sidorov
Dennis Beresford Sari Greene Sean Lowder Helen Sinclair
Karen Bogart Jerome Greig Cathey Lowe Sherry Smith
Andrea Bonime-Blanc Robert Greving Randy Lowell Scott Snyder
Olga Botero Walter Grudzinski Wendy Luscombe Nizar Jaffer Somji
Samara Braunstein Jerome Hauer Kenneth Lynch Duane Sommerfeld
Maureen Breakiron-Evans Roger Hayashi Bob Mannarino Susan Spradley
James Brinksma Roger Heinen Michael Marquardt Bob Stallman
Robert Brothers Charles Herman JoAnn Martin Lauren States
Gregory Brown Joan Herman Carla Mashinski Lorene Steffes
Marianne Brown Luis Hernandez Gary McAlum Julie Stein
Jeffry Brown Daniel Hesse Tom McAndrew Edward Stroz
William Brown Elizabeth Hight Michael McGowan Gary Sullivan
Maryann Bruce Daniel Hill Gaye Montgomery Roberta Sydney
Rick Burdick Amy Hillman Brandi Morandi Richard Szafranski
Susan Cain John Hogan Michael Naatz Larry Taylor
Kathleen Camilli Sheila Hooda Brenda Newberry John Thomson
Bill Caruso Lacey A. Horn George Off Susan Thronson
Joseph Caruso Renée Hornbaker Marran Ogilvie Jason Towne
Kim Casey John Hornick Robert Otto Mark Trembacki
Kent Clark Lynette Horrell Pamela Packard Lisa Troe
Larry Clinton David Houston Michael Papay Alan Turovlin
Todd Colvin Niles Hushka Stanley E. Partlow Jr. David Valcourt
Joseph Cooney Robert Jakubek Judy Patrick Michael Vekich
Helen Cornell William Jeffrey Liane Pelletier Tim Virtue
Rick Crandall Heidi Jimmerson Dave Perera Mary Beth Vitale
Samuel Crowley Carol J. Johnson Jeffrey Petersen David Vordick
Carol Anthony Davidson James Johnson Jim Phillips Shannon Votava
William Dawson Melody Jones Jack Prim Adam Wasylyshyn
Grant Deffenbaugh Teresa Keegan Jessica Quinn Ernest Waters 
Teresa DeLuca Suzanne Keenan Rima Qureshi Karen Weaver
Nora Denzel Shawn Kehoe Thomas Rainwater Theodore Wiessing
Michael Devlin Dione Kenyon Robert Ramsey Bennie Wiley
Scott Diener Mike Keown Sanjiv Ranjan John Williams
Kimberly Donica Shane Kim Terry Rappuhn David Wilson
Nicholas Donofrio Robert Kinder Mary Ricciardello Jennifer Wolfe
John Dorman Richard King Joseph Rigby Laura Wright
Deborah Dunie Nicole Kitowski Kimberly Ritrievi Russell Yeager
Kathleen Dvorak Dale Klein Russel Robertson Dona Young
Roxanne Dycek Dan Korte David Ross Robert Zandoli
Colin Eccles Katherine Kranz Nancy Ross Darrell Zavitz
Mark Ferguson William Kraut Sherry Ryan  


In the spirit of continuous evolution, and based on feedback from our director participants, the 2018 edition of the NACD Cyber-Risk Oversight Program has been streamlined. Although the core content of the Cyber-Risk Oversight program remains unchanged, the user interface has been enhanced and video introductions featuring former governor of Pennsylvania Tom Ridge and NACD president and CEO Peter Gleason have been added to guide participants through the modules of the program. The course details the respective responsibilities of the board and C-suite executives in cyber-risk oversight, and engages participants in an example of a cyberbreach “tabletop exercise.” The course includes a comprehensive exam that qualifies participants for the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight. 

To learn more and register for the NACD Cyber-Risk Oversight Program for corporate directors, visit NACD Cyber-Risk Oversight Program.

About NACD

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) empowers more than 18,000 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 corporate governance stakeholders, NACD has been setting the standard for responsible board leadership for 40 years. To learn more about NACD, visit www.NACDonline.org.