Chuck Robbins visits Politecnico di Milano

Cisco CEO gives engaging lecture on cybersecurity to packed hall of students


Chuck Robbins, President and CEO of Cisco, chose to conclude his trip to Italy at the Politecnico di Milano where he gave a lecture on cybersecurity to a packed lecture hall of students.

Cybersecurity is a vitally important strategic issue affecting innovation in companies and institutions and our country’s technological development. It is an area that requires high-level specialised skills – and not only IT skills – that are as much in demand as they are difficult to find and train.

Cisco is one of the main supporters of the new Laurea Magistrale course (equivalent to Master of Science) in Cyber Risk Strategy & Governance, recently introduced in partnership with the Politecnico di Milano and the Università Bocconi. It is a unique alliance, signed last September, to bring together skills and communities on issues of entrepreneurship and teaching.

The aim is to train highly specialised professionals who are increasingly in demand by companies.

Cisco recognises the huge value of this initiative and is supporting it by providing a number of study grants for students.

The Master in Cyber Risk is a Laurea Magistrale course which will launch in the 2019/2020 academic year, with 50 places available for students with a background in technology, computer science, engineering, management or political science. 

The two-year course is taught in English and awards a qualification that is recognised by both universities; the Politecnico will provide expertise in information technology and engineering, while Bocconi will manage training in social sciences (economics, management, finance and public policy) and law.  In the second year, both universities will offer optional courses, seminars, internships or field projects and the dissertation.