Surviving Cyber - The Pathway Course 

“Surviving Cyber: The Pathway Course”,  is a self-study online education course that helps the owners and managers of small knowledge-based businesses in Ireland and the UK create their Pathway to Peace of Mind from cyber risk.  

This course comes from the lessons learned both in my years as a financial risk assessment expert and from my journey of discovery during the last 3 years. I hope that my personal experiences and professional background make me a suitable choice to guide small business owners in this hazardous environment. 

Suitable for the owners of small businesses of many types, including:
  • Accountants
  • Lawyers/Solicitors
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Surveyors
  • Insurance Brokers
  • Other Financial Advisors
  • Digital Marketing companies
  • SaaS providers
  • IT Services providers
  • Marketing Professionals
  • Digital first businesses
  • ...and many more

Details of the Course

The course is comprised of six Sections. Each Section deals with one topic and each topic builds on the previous one. Each Section includes teaching, presented through a series of pre-recorded videos, a Poll to gather your views, a Q&A feature, slide deck handouts, supporting documents and Action Points to be taken.

All the content for each Section is held on Ruzuku, the Learning Management System. The course material includes approximately five and a half hours of video content. All content is available on joining the course and the Sections can be completed on demand at your own pace.

Support for students is available by email.

Benefits of the Course

This course delivers a transformation in the way that you think about and manage cyber risk in your businesses that empowers you to manage cyber risk as a business risk. It helps you:

  1. Learn how to address the Mindset Challenge in your thinking about cyber risk 
  2. Discover my 5-Step Framework to Cyber Resilience that becomes your Strategy.
  3. Learn how to significantly reduce your exposure to the 3 pillars of cyber risk: Technology, People and Governance
  4. Investigate whether to transfer cyber risk through insurance
  5. Learn how to plan your response to a cyber incident
  6. Create your Pathway Plan achieving a mindset shift, adopting a strategy, and outlining a tactical plan for your business. 

The Curriculum

The course consists of 6 Sections as follows:

Section 1: The Mindset Challenge 
Increasing understanding of the sources of cyber risk and types of losses suffered by different business types. Introducing the Surviving Cyber Mindset. 

Section 2: The 5-Step Framework 
Providing a 5 Step Framework for managing Technology, People and Governance risks. The 5 Steps are Assess, Reduce, Transfer, Respond and Report. 

Section 3: How to significantly Reduce your Cyber risk 
Explaining how to significantly reduce your exposure to the three pillars of cyber risk: Technology, People and Governance.

Section 4: How to transfer Cyber risk through Insurance
How to transfer unwanted residual cyber risk.

Section 5: Responding to your Cyber Incident
How to create your Incident Response Plan.

Section 6: Creating Your Pathway Plan 
How to create your Pathway to Peace of Mind incorporating the course work you have already completed.

Bonus # 1

Suggested criteria for assessing the suitability of an IT service provider of cyber risk services to your business

Bonus # 2

Helpful suggestions to consider when managing your exposures to popular social media platforms

Bonus # 3

A Cyber Insurance Checklist: 20 questions to ask your Insurance Provider or Broker

Why take this course?

Ask yourself the following questions:

" What happens if I don't take this course? "

The likely answer is that nothing changes, except perhaps, the threat environment may worsen as cyber risk continues to evolve. You will have at least the same risk that a cyberattack could happen at any time and your worry may well increase until you decide to tackle the issue.

 Cyber risk will remain on the "long finger" - to be dealt with another day. That approach may work but you are hoping that your business does not join the large number of small businesses that have already experienced the trauma of a cyber attack and not survived for very long afterwards. The problem with this approach is that hope is not a great strategy!

" What happens if I do take this course? "

If you decide to invest in the course, you receive the outlined benefits and the bonuses. 5 weeks from now, you could have completed your new learning, assuming that you complete one module per week, and have begun to implement your Pathway Plan. 

You will significantly reduce your exposure to Technology, People and Governance risk and will have moved away from worry,  empowered by the action you are taking and the progress you are making. You are now in control of the problem and have begun your journey to Cyber Resilience. 

Course Fee

The price of the course is Euro 397 (including Irish VAT where applicable). The course fee can be paid by credit card. An invoice will be issued to your business on request.

Naturally, there are alternative ways to address cyber risk and each carries a cost.

You could consider increasing your spending on technology products and services from your IT Service Provider in the hope that technology alone will address the issues. The cost of this option could be catastrophic if your IT Service Provider does not have the cybersecurity skills to deliver “what’s best for your business”.

You could also consider waiting until you are hacked without a Cyber Resilience Plan in place and risk losing your business and potentially, your livelihood. The financial cost of this outcome is catastrophic, not to mention the personal price of continuing to worry that one day your business will be a victim of a cyber-attack.

My Guarantee

I want to make the buying decision easy for you so you don’t have to be concerned about making a mistake on this purchase. Because I am confident that The Pathway Course will add value for you and that you will be satisfied, I will take away any risk attaching to your decision to invest in the course by offering a 30-day money-back guarantee, no questions asked. Just email me at and let me know if you decide that you want a refund for any reason.

Application Timeline

The course is available immediately. 

How to Register

Would you like to save your spot on the Pathway course that will help you get to grips with cyber risk by creating your Pathway to Peace of Mind?

You can register now by clicking on the "Register for the Course" button below. 

Have any Questions?

Please feel free to contact me at if you have questions about the course. I will be happy to hear from you.

My message for companies that think they haven't been attacked is: You're not looking hard enough. "              James Snook, deputy director in the office for cyber security, Government cabinet office, London - April 2016 

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