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Are You A Boardroom Qualified Technology Executive?

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Boardroom Certified Qualified Technology Experts (QTE's)

Being a digital or cybersecurity executive is one thing. Being certified as a boardroom Qualified Technology Expert (QTE) is another. Over 500 of the world's leading CIOs, CISOs, and corporate directors haven earned their QTE.  

When the SEC defined boardroom Qualified Financial Expert (QFE) as part of The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 they used a competency-based approach. We've applied that blueprint to define what it means to be a boardroom Qualified Technology Expert (QTE) and designed and built the only boardroom certified executive education masterclass focused on preparing digital and cybersecurity executives for their expanding role in the corporate boardroom.

In addition to attending the QTE 501 Masterclass and passing the QTE certification exam, being certified as a Qualified Technology Expert requires practitioners and executive management experience in one or more domains of a complex digital business system.

These domains include data, information architecture, risk communications, emerging technology, cybersecurity, third party and systemic risk, IT operations and regulation. Much more than just cybersecurity, DDN is redefining the boardroom competencies necessary for corporate directors to govern the complex digital business systems that power their companies.

QTE's are taught and are certified to DiRECTORTM the only systemic risk oversight framework for understanding and governing complex digital systems. 

Corporate directors and other C-suite executives are also taking the class to learn about the framework and the unique risk oversight issues inherent in complex digital business systems.  

QTE training is more than talking heads and panels. It's the only business school caliber executive education experience designed, built and taught by peers, practitioners and experts in corporate and digital governance. Participants will acquire the core competencies and confidence they need to effectively contribute in the corporate boardroom. 

Those who meet the experience requirements and who pass the QTE Certification exam will become QTE Certified. Directors without the deep applied background in complex digital business systems will receive a course certificate of completion.   

The in-person or online QTE 501 boardroom certification masterclass covers: 

  • The foundation of corporate governance and the role of the corporate director
  • Key trends, changes and current issues in corporate governance
  • Leading practices in systemic risk oversight in complex digital systems and the DiRECTORTM framework
  • Communications issues and approaches to digital and cybersecurity risk in the boardroom
  • Developments in digital and cyber governance regulation
  • Boardroom compensation, director legal issues, and board resumes 

At the conclusion of class, a multiple choice 50-question examination is administered. Qualified participants receiving a passing grade will become QTE Certified. Completed exams will be reviewed with each participant to reinforce the concepts and learning experience.  

Go to our Masterclass & Events page for dates and to register for an open class. 

"The [QTE Boardroom Readiness] course content provided an excellent framework for board-level engagement. I thoroughly enjoyed the deep dive discussions with an exceptional class!"

—Rishi Tripathi, CISO at Mount Sinai Health and Fmr. SVP and CISO at the NBA


"My compliments on the quality of the course, DDN and the instruction style. For me personally, the timing could not have been better as this has already been extremely helpful for work with my own Board Cyber Committee." 

—Gary Cantrell, CIO, Jabil Corp. (NYSE: JBL)


"DDN’s Boardroom Readiness course could not come at a more important time – too few Boards realize how deep (and dangerous) their technology information gap is. And too few CISO’s know how to engage with the Board. This course is a must-have for every CISO that not only wants currency with their Board, but wants to help lead it as well."

—Bob Litterer, VP & CISO, Biogen (NASDAQ: BIIB)