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Cyber Risk Professional Certification

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Cyber Risk affects our businesses, our economy, our healthcare, our critical infrastructure, our workforce, our social system and even our political system. Many of the world’s top CEOs identify cybersecurity as one of their biggest challenges, and in 2017 Forbes magazine announced one million job openings in cybersecurity on the business side (not just in IT).

To address this accelerating problem, an interdisciplinary team of CISOs, executives, and business thought leaders at Pepperdine Graziadio are providing a Cyber Risk Professional (CyRP) Certification.

CyRP is designed for business professionals and leaders regardless of technical background or the business verticals they work. Business leaders with this certification will be prepared to identify, evaluate, prepare for, and mitigate cyber security risk. CyRP is designed and taught by the same faculty who teach in the globally recognized Pepperdine Executive MBA program as well as CISOs from companies in Silicon Valley and professionals engaged in addressing cyber- security across the US.

Certificate Program Information

Program Dates*

Hybrid: January 25-26, 2018 (Subject to facilities availability.)

Online: January 28, 2018


This certification can be taken completely online or in a hybrid (online and face-to-face workshop). 

Online: Flexible and Affordable

Attend class from anywhere, and participate flexibly, meeting thought leaders in the field online.

Hybrid: Networking and Experiential Learning 

Great for collaborating with executives and industry thought leaders face-to-face.

Accommodation and meals for the two face-to-face weekends at the beginning and end of the program are included in the price.


The deadline to secure your spot is Monday, January 22, 2018. Space is limited in both the hybrid and online courses.

*Dates and locations may change. We will notify students of any changes in a timely manner.

CyRP is designed for business professionals not just IT professionals.  Business leaders in any industry or vertical should sign-up as this certification will identify you as an individual positioned to tackle this business critical area that executives are searching for talent to address.  Those in the IT field who are interested in leadership in this area as well as those who want to just distinguish themselves in their business vertical will benefit from this certification.

This could even be a pivot point in career direction. Individuals in physical security or with a physical security background will expand their positioning and oversight capabilities with this certification. Business leaders who are interested in positioning their companies more effectively against cyber risk and even potentially lower their cyber liability premiums should sign-up and even inquire about group rates and in-house options for their departments, divisions, or colleagues.


Charla Griffy-Brown, PhD

Dr. Charla Griffy-Brown

Dr. Charla Griffy-Brown is an accomplished professor, international scholar, and board member who leads transformational change through teaching and strategic development. She works extensively in digital innovation helping organizations leverage new opportunities in digital marketing, analytics, evaluating cyber risk and business process redesign to achieve their strategic objectives.

Kent Rhodes

Dr. Kent Rhodes

Dr. Kent Rhodes serves as a Practitioner Professor with Pepperdine University's Doctoral program in Organizational Leadership. An expert in the field of conflict management and Organizational Development, he also serves as a Senior Consultant with the Family Business Consulting Group advising privately held and family owned enterprises.

Mark Chun

Dr. Mark Chun

Dr. Mark Chun's research focuses on the use of information technology to create value and to transform organizations. His research interests also include the integration of information systems, knowledge management, and change management. Dr. Chun's research has been presented at both information systems and management conferences, such as the Strategic Management Society, Americas Conference on Information Systems, European Journal of Information Systems Conference, and the Western Academy of Management.



An established IT Security and Risk Management Executive, Laz works with organizations in understanding where IT Security and Fraud risks may reside. His ability to partner with different teams (both internally and externally) allows him to work on building successful Information Security, Risk Management, and Compliance programs. This coupled with his capability of speaking to any level in the organization, allows him to coach teams in understanding loss exposure, risk, fraud, and how to build security/compliance into the fabric of an organization.