Information Security

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 14 weeks
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Awarded by: Australian Computer Society
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

This online unit from Open Universities Australia and the Australian Computer Society looks at the current information security systems in workplaces and provides you with an understanding of the best practices and the key role that they play. The unit also analyses issues of the current systems and challenges you to improve on these.

The unit will show you how you can measure the success of your information security systems, the key resources to use and the best tools to use to ensure safety online. In the modern day, business information is key to numerous companies. Therefore, it is vital that adequate security is in place.

Information Security will look to show you how security systems can be breached, what the best way to deal with such a scenario would be and how to manage such an incident. As well as looking at the current systems in place, the online unit will also look at the future of the industry and analyse what could lie ahead for the industry.


It’s recommended that you have completed the following unit, or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit

  • Risk Management: Professionalism and Compliance

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the following course:

  • Computer Professional Education Program

Areas of study

In this Information Security unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Information security governance
  • Defining effective information security governance
  • Examining information security concepts
  • Information security management responsibilities and reporting structures
  • Scope of information security
  • Measuring Information Security success
  • Information security strategy
  • Developing appropriate Information Security strategy
  • Defining Information Security strategic objectives
  • Considering relevant models, frameworks and standards
  • Potential constraints to strategy
  • Determining the current state of security
  • Improving security position through strategy
  • Information risk assessment and management
  • Information Security risk management concepts
  • Implementing risk management
  • Assessing recovery time objectives
  • IT control baselines
  • Risk monitoring and escalation
  • Information security program development
  • Defining an information security program development roadmap
  • Defining the information security program objectives
  • Identifying information security resources
  • Implementing information security policies
  • Developing information security awareness tools
  • Consider organisational context and potential constraints
  • Common information security management challenges
  • Enshrining information security into the organisation's day-to-day operations
  • Measuring the success of the information security program
  • Incident management and response
  • Incident management and concepts
  • Defining incident management objectives
  • Establishing incident management and response procedures
  • Current state of incident response capability
  • Elements of an incident response plan
  • Testing and executing incident response plans
  • Reporting and documenting events
  • Post-incident reviews
  • Information Security – where to from here

Course pathways

This unit is an approved elective in the following course:

  • Computer Professional Education Program, Australian Computer Society

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

With more people conducting business online on their phones and tablets, the need for online security has never been so great, so this unit will significantly enhance your employability. Understanding the importance and practice of information security will be an asset for any business, and will make you highly sought after.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Information Security from Australian Computer Society.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.


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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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