Information Systems Risk & Security - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Assessment: Assessments - Weekly Challenge (Individual) (20%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,114.00
HECS 1,114.00
International 1,364.00

This unit of study aims to provide an understanding of the major information risk and security management issues facing managers in the effective use of information technology in contemporary organisations

After successfully completing this unit, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the importance of identifying and managing IS-related risk and security issues in organisations, and the relationship between these and the achievement of business value from IS/IT investments
  2. Recognise the costs of not appropriately identifying and managing risk and security concerns in projects and organisations, resulting in IS/IT failures, dysfunctional systems, and systems which fail to deliver value to key stakeholders
  3. Develop and document IS/IT risk and security management plans that detail contingency planning strategies and practices
  4. Explain the major theories and concepts associated with IS failure and the management of IS risk, including factors argued to lead to unsatisfactory outcomes with respect to IS/IT.Explain failures and risks associated with Information Security
  5. Conduct comprehensive risk assessments of IS/ IT relater projects and practices
  6. Recognise the relevance of human factors (culture & politics) and organisational factors (complexity, rate of change, etc) to IS risk identification and security management
  7. Adopt a critical approach to IS risk and security management and make recommendations based on sound theory and practice
  • Assessments — Weekly Challenge (Individual) (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Report1 — Risk Assessment (Group) (15%)
  • Report2 — Risk Mitigation (Group) (15%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Risk Assessment theory and concepts
2Risk mitigation theory and concepts
3Information security governance (role of senior management in information security)
4Developing information security strategy
5Information security organisation
6Managing information security programmes
7Role of policies and standards in IS risk and security management
8Contingency planning including business continuity and disaster recovery planning
9Incident management
10Laws, regulations and ethics in context of information security
11Compliance with information risk and security requirements
12The major theories and concepts associated with IS failure and the management of IS risk and security issues
13Human factors (culture & politics) and organisational factors (complexity, rate of change, etc) to risk identification and management

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