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Information Security (M811) Credits from The Open University

Information Security (M811) Credits from The Open University

Key information

Qualification type

Credits from The Open University

Subject areas

Computer Security Systems Information Security

Course type


Course Summary

In this course you will explore the professional and technical skills necessary to understand, document, manage and implement strategic and operational aspects of your organisation's information security. You will study topics in information security risk assessment and management, as well as professionalism, home information security, and information security research. By studying this course you will better understand your organisation's information security requirements, developing your ability to deliver a fit-for-purpose information security management system and you will learn how to craft a fit-for-purpose Information Security Management System for an organisation with which you are familiar. As such you will be interacting with other people in your organisation and this may help to raise your profile.

In today?s high technology environment, organisations are becoming more and more dependent on their information systems. The public is increasingly concerned about the proper use of information, particularly personal data. The threats to information systems from criminals and terrorists are increasing. Many organisations will identify information as an area of their operation that needs to be protected as part of their systems of internal control? (Nigel Turnbull, from the preface of the book IT Governance: A Manager?s Guide to Data Security BS 7799/ISO 17799). Taking a practice-based approach based upon an organisation you are familiar with, this course provides the foundational knowledge, understanding, analysis and synthesis that you need to develop a practical information security management system, to the standard set by the ISO 27000 family of standards (particularly 27001 and 27002). You will also acquire the personal development skills that you need to keep abreast of important development in a rapidly developing field. On this course, you will be expected to take 3 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and an end-of-module assessment.

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Study mode

Distance without attendance


6 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Not known

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

It is expected that you will hold a bachelors degree (or equivalent) in computing or a related discipline, or alternatively have at least three years relevant industry experience.