Information security
Information security

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

Information security

2.1 Other things to think about

If balancing the CIA triad wasn’t difficult enough, when sharing information, an organisation needs to be aware of the various laws, regulatory frameworks and codes of practice under which they operate. In the worst case, failure to comply with these can lead to disciplinary and/or legal action against board members. In such situations, directors and managers are duty bound to be cautious and vigilant.

But then again, the rewards of the e-business age can be immense and the creation of value is a big driver: as we have seen, information has become a powerful source of shareholder value, and may contribute massively to its ability to meet its mission. As organisations become more and more dependent on their information systems, pressure is increasing to get it right.

Activity 5: What can happen when it goes wrong?

Read the web page ‘The 15 worst data security breaches of the 21st Century [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] ’ (Armerding, 2012) and estimate the number of people affected by these data security breaches.

If the world population is approximately eight billion people, what is the likelihood of an individual being affected by one of the top 15 information security breaches?


Ignoring those who were affected twice or more, we calculated that almost 453 million people were affected by the top 15 breaches. Adding together the figures in the article, we calculated that almost half a billion people were affected by the top 15 breaches. Given that there are 8 billion people, that’s 1 in 16. You might like to check whether your details have been released by visiting have i been pwned? (Hunt, 2016).


Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371