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Information Security Policy and Management

Explore the guiding principles of information security policies and their influence on businesses and organisations.

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Information Security Policy and Management

370 enrolled on this course

  • 2 weeks

  • 5 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Discover the influence of policy, plan, and procedure on digital security

Information Security policies are designed to help individuals within an organisation practice behaviours which reduce the risk of a breach to digital security.

On this course, you’ll explore the key terms and critical concepts of information security, enabling you to successfully navigate and even create company data security policies at work.

Understand security policies

You’ll look at the reasons organisations create Information Security Policies, which may include detecting and forestalling the compromise of information security such as misuse of data, networks, computer systems, and applications

You’ll consider the five goals of security governance: * Strategic alignment * Risk management * Resource management * Performance measurement * Value delivery

You’ll also look at the Information Security Management System (ISMS), a systematic approach to managing sensitive company information so that it remains secure.

Discover access control

Study the key principles of access control, including control architecture models, password security issues, and biometrics (a way of identifying and authenticating individuals through the use of unique biological characteristics).

You’ll unpack contingency planning (CP), the process of positioning an organisation to prepare for, detect, react to, and recover from man-made or natural threats to information security assets.

Examine incident response strategies

Finally, you’ll explore incident response; the methodology an organisation uses to respond to and manage a cyber-attack.

You’ll look at the goals of an incident response strategy, the different stages and the various teams involved. You’ll conclude by considering how to develop an effective incident response planning policy.

What topics will you cover?

  • Guiding principles of information security
  • Developing pragmatic security policies and ensuring universal participation
  • Implementing and maintaining information security within the enterprise

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the role of a security policy and how it protects people, organisations, and information
  • Evaluate the influence of policy on establishing acceptable bounds for behaviour
  • Evaluate existing IT governance policies
  • Explain self-direction in designing security policies to defend assets within the context of global communication and the web

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone who is keen to increase their knowledge of digital security risks and the tools and techniques used to guard against them.

If you want to further your subject knowledge, you may be interested in these courses from the same provider. They share similar subject matter and the same overall learning outcomes:

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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