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Introduction to Information Security Management

Build your fundamental knowledge of information security management and how it defends an organisation’s data from threats.

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Introduction to Information Security Management

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Dive into the concept of information security

Modern businesses process and store vast amounts of sensitive data. Whatever the purpose of this data, it’s essential that organisations protect it.

On this two-week course, you’ll explore the concept of information security management in protecting an organisation’s data from threats from both humans and nature alike.

Discover the CIA Triad and how it works

This course will guide you through three elements of information security, known as the CIA Triad, that make up the backbone of information security management. You’ll then look at how the CIA Triad works and protects data.

Explore possible IT vulnerabilities, attacks, and threats

A threat in the context of computer security is a potential negative action or event made possible by a vulnerability which can lead to an unintended effect on a computer system or application.

You’ll explore how a data breach happens, information security vulnerabilities, and the differences between attacks and threats. You’ll also learn how risk connects with vulnerability and threat.


  • Week 1

    Introduction to Information security

    • Getting Started

      This activity will introduce the instructor and course learning outcome for weeks one and two.

    • What is information security

      This activity introduces the meaning of information security and how it reflect to our daily life.

    • Three requirements in information security

      This activity discusses the three requirements of information security; confidentiality, integrity and availability.

    • Weekly wrap up

      Let's reflect on what we've covered this week and look at what's coming up next.

  • Week 2

    Vulnerability, Threats and Attacks

    • Definition of Data breach

      This activity introduces the definition of data breach.

    • Vulnerabilities

      This activity explains common types of vulnerabilities that occur in information security.

    • Differences between Threats and Attacks

      This activity explains threats and attacks exist in information security. Also explain the differences between threats and attacks.

    • What is Risk?

      This activity discusses several types of risks.

    • Weekly wrap up

      Congratulations on reaching the final activity. Let's reflect on what we've covered in week two.

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Explain the concept of information security.
  • Describe three requirements in information security.
  • Identify possible vulnerabilities, attacks and threats involved in the information security.
  • Describe activities required in information security risk management.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for IT students and those working in IT-related environments. It will also be of interest to anyone that handles data and would like to know more about information security.

Who will you learn with?

I'm Dr Norjihan, currently an Associate Professor at Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology, Universiti Malaya. My research and teaching areas are in information security and database.

Who developed the course?

Universiti Malaya

Universiti Malaya is the premier research university in Malaysia, committed to advancing knowledge and learning through quality research and education for the nation and for humanity.

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    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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    Top 60Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

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