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April 8, 2022


6 months

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6 months

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Information security underpins the commercial viability and profitability of enterprises of all sizes and the effectiveness of public sector organizations. This course begins by explaining why information security and its management are important for any modern organization and to every individual. You need to be familiar with an organization, such as your employer, to study this course.


With the advent of information systems, information has become the lifeblood of the modern world. Given its importance, modern organizations aren’t always as careful as they could be with it. Whether it’s their customer details, details of their business transactions or their intellectual property, information is – almost casually – shared when it shouldn’t be.

In this course, Information security, you’ll explore what it is about the information that makes it so valuable. Given that information security is critical in organizations, this course assumes that you have an organization that you can study. This could, for instance, be your employer, a professional body, a local shop, a library or even your doctors’ surgery.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:
  • Define what information is
  • Appreciate the value of information to the modern organization
  • Understand the CIA triad of Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability
  • Appreciate the difficulties that arise when valuable information needs to be shared
  • Identify the five leading-edge resources that have up-to-date information on information security.

Course Curriculum

    • Information: the heart of everything with value 01:30:00
    • Social networks 01:00:00
    • What is information? 01:30:00
    • Information security 01:30:00
    • Tracking the leading edge 01:30:00
    • Which podcasts and blogs? 01:30:00
    • Conclusion 01:30:00

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