UC Tech Academy: Digital Risk Leadership Program

for professionals in security, privacy, legal, audit, law enforcement, risk, compliance and public safety.

Modeled after the successful UC IT Leadership Academy, the UC Tech Digital Risk Leadership Program (formerly called Cyber Leadership Program) provides advanced leadership training for senior UC professionals in disciplines that collaborate on digital and cyber risk. The program offers advanced training in current and emerging digital risk issues, along with leadership skills development in areas such as negotiation, conflict resolution, communications, and strategic thinking. Courses are taught by faculty from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, UC executives, and other experts from industry and the public sector.

Through interactive sessions and in-depth presentations, the program prepares UC leaders to become effective agents of change. The program brings together a wide community of personnel from across UC whose work intersects with digital risk, including professionals in cybersecurity, privacy, legal, audit, law enforcement, risk, compliance, and public safety. It emphasizes the critical need for leaders in these fields to collaborate and learn from each other in order to strengthen the university's digital defense.

Who should take this course?

The UC Tech Digital Risk Leadership Program is for individuals in senior UC roles who seek to:

  • Sharpen their leadership skills
  • Update their knowledge about digital risk, cybersecurity, business risk, privacy and law
  • Expand their professional network

How you will benefit from this course:

  • Learn strategic leadership, collaboration, and change management skills
  • Receive up-to-date information about emerging digital and cyber issues
  • Interact with peers from across the university and build relationships for collaboration
  • Network with university, industry, and public sector cyber executives and experts
  • Gain insights and skills to help protect the university amid ever-evolving cyber threats

Dates, locations, and fees

The 2024 Digital Risk program takes place in person at UC Berkeley over the course of two modules:

  • Module 1: May 21, 22 and 23
  • Module 2: September 24, 25 and 26

Participants must attend all six days of the program. All program costs and daily meals are provided as part of the program tuition not to exceed $6,000. Final tuition to be determined after final participant count and sponsor opportunities are confirmed. Individuals will coordinate their own travel and lodging and participants' departments will be responsible for covering these costs.

Nomination process

Location and UCOP heads of the following functional areas are requested to submit names of nominees for participation in the Digital Risk Leadership Program. Nominees for the program should hold leadership roles in one of these areas: security, privacy, legal, audit, law enforcement, risk, compliance, or public safety.  Self-nominations are also accepted but must have manager and unit commitment of funding for tuition, travel, and lodging expenses. Participants will be selected to ensure a mix of leadership roles across the 8 functional areas and the UC locations.

Download, complete, and submit the application form (PDF) to Kristin Cordova at kristin.cordova@ucop.edu by April 5, 2024. Only applications received by the published deadline will be considered. Applicants will be notified about the status of their application by April 19,2024.