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An introduction to information security


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Information security underpins the commercial viability and profitability of enterprises of all sizes and the effectiveness of public sector organisations. This unit begins by explaining why information security and its management are important for any modern organisation. The unit continues by examining the value that can be placed on information as an organisational asset. The protection of information assets is the subject of the BSi standard on information security management, and the unit goes on to explain how an information security management system should be planned, documented, implemented and improved, according to the standard. This unit is based on readings from the book IT Governance: A Manager's Guide to Data Security & BS 7799/ISO 177799 (2nd edition) by Alan Calder and Steve Watkins (Kogan Page, 2003). In order to study this unit you will need to buy this set book. You will also need to pay if you want access to the British Standard (mentioned above) using British Standards Online.

This study unit is an adapted extract from the Open University course M886 Information security management, which is no longer taught by the University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this subject area [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .