Information security
Information security

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Information security

Information security


With the advent of information systems, information has become the life blood of the modern world. Given its importance, modern organisations 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 free course, Information security, you’ll explore what it is about information that makes it so valuable.

Given that information security is critical in organisations, this course assumes that you have an organisation that you can study. This could, for instance, be your employer, a professional body, a local shop, a library or even your doctors’ surgery.

This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course M811 Information security [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .


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