World Council of Credit Unions


World Council Allies with Ridge Global Cybersecurity Institute to Offer Cybersecurity Oversight for Executives Course

WASHINGTON, D.C. – World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), in collaboration with Gov. Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and Chairman of the Ridge Global Cybersecurity Institute, today announced the launch of the Cybersecurity Oversight for Executives course. The Ridge Global Cybersecurity Institute is a go-to source for all cybersecurity related services. World Council is the leading voice for advocacy and governance on behalf of the international credit union community. Together, the two organizations are proud to release an online cybersecurity certificate program tailored for executives in the credit union industry.

Through Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute, the CERT certificate program will establish a baseline of cybersecurity awareness and knowledge, encourage effective cybersecurity oversight and guidance, and further evolve the executive’s role in cybersecurity risk oversight.

“Not a day goes by without some sort of infiltration into the networks,” said Gov. Ridge. “Those in the financial industry have a crosshair on them. It is a fiduciary responsibility not only to protect the money, but to also protect the data.”

The customized program responds to the consistent cybersecurity challenges World Council institutions and their members are facing across the globe, expanding online learning opportunities and contributing to the professional development of World Council members.

“Engaging in this important alliance with Ridge Global Cybersecurity Institute, educates credit union industry executives on how to manage cyber risk, prevent attacks and protect the institutions and their members while looking out for their best interests,” said World Council President and CEO Brian Branch. 

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About the Ridge Global Cybersecurity Institute
Founded by Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania, the Ridge Global Cybersecurity Institute provides an array of cybersecurity services aimed at enhancing global resilience to cyberattacks that threaten our national and economic security. Working with C-Suite executives and corporate directors, the Institute offers innovative education capabilities and expert assessments to mitigate enterprise-wide cyber risk and build more resilient organizations.

About World Council of Credit Unions
World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development platform, promoting sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions’ financial performance and increase their outreach.

World Council has implemented 300+ technical assistance programs in 89 countries. Worldwide, 68,882 credit unions in 109 countries serve 235 million people.

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