CQUniversity Unit Profile
COIT20263 Information Security Management
Information Security Management
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General Information

Overview

This unit provides you with a thorough understanding of the managerial aspects of information security in a business organisation. You will complement your existing knowledge of information and communication technologies by studying the organisational and management issues relevant to information security. You will learn about the importance of information security plans, security risk management and compliance monitoring, and develop and apply security policies and best practices. Through case studies, you will consider information security strategies that support business objectives while being aware of legal and ethical obligations. As a result, you will have the knowledge and skills to contribute to information security governance in accordance with standards set by governments, professional bodies and industry.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: COIT20261 Network Routing and Switching

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 3 - 2021

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 35%
2. Group Discussion
Weighting: 25%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Self-reflection

Feedback

This unit uses examples of security policies and risk assessments from industry. Some students have difficulty in extracting key concepts from the examples and applying the concepts to write new policies.

Recommendation

Update workshops to provide students more practice of deconstructing security policies and writing security policies

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Analyse the information security policies and programs of organisations based on national and international standards
  2. Develop the guidelines for an information security policy for an organisation
  3. Apply information security risk standards to protect information assets in organisations
  4. Justify information security certification and accreditation required in relation to personnel and information security of an organisation
  5. Compare and contrast the laws and ethics of information security management.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles.
ACS members can use the online tool MySFIA to build their skills profile at https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html
This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:
  • Information Management (IRMG)
  • Information Security (SCTY)
  • Business Risk Management (BURM);
  • Continuity Management (COPL)
  • Project Management (PRMG)
  • Methods and Tools (METL)

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment - 35%
2 - Group Discussion - 25%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment - 35%
2 - Group Discussion - 25%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION SECURITY 6th (2018)

Authors: Michael E. Whitman & Herbert J. Mattord
Cengage Learning
Boston Boston , MA , USA
ISBN: 9781337405713
Binding: Hardcover

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microsoft Office Suite
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Fariza Sabrina Unit Coordinator
f.sabrina@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 08 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

Introduction to the Management of Information Security

Chapter

Online resources supplied

Events and Submissions/Topic

Group discussion

Week 2 Begin Date: 15 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

Governance and Strategic Planning for Security

Chapter

Online resources supplied

Events and Submissions/Topic

Continuation of Group Discussion

Week 3 Begin Date: 22 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

Information Security Policy

Chapter

Online resources supplied

Events and Submissions/Topic

Continuation of Group Discussion

Week 4 Begin Date: 29 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

Compliance: Law and Ethics

Chapter

Online resources supplied

Events and Submissions/Topic

Continuation of Group Discussion

Vacation Week Begin Date: 06 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

- MID-TERM BREAK -

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 13 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

Developing the Security Program

Chapter

Online resources supplied

Events and Submissions/Topic

Continuation of Group Discussion


Assessment Item 1 Due: Week 5 Friday (17 Dec 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

Risk Management: Assessing Risk

Chapter

Online resources supplied

Events and Submissions/Topic

Continuation of Group Discussion

Vacation Week Begin Date: 27 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

- MID-TERM BREAK -

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 03 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Risk Management: Treating Risk

Chapter

Online resources supplied

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Item 2 - Part 1: Group submission (workshops of week 4 and 5) due on week 7 Friday 11:45 PM AEST.

Week 8 Begin Date: 10 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Security Management Models

Chapter

Online resources supplied

Events and Submissions/Topic

Continuation of Group Discussion

Week 9 Begin Date: 17 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Security Management Practices

Chapter

Online resources supplied

Events and Submissions/Topic

Continuation of Group Discussion

Week 10 Begin Date: 24 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Planning for Contingencies

Chapter

Online resources supplied

Events and Submissions/Topic

Continuation of Group Discussion

Week 11 Begin Date: 31 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Security Maintenance 

Chapter

Online resources supplied

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Item 2 - Part 2: Group submission (workshops of week 9, 10 and 11) due on week 11 Friday 11:45 PM AEST.

Week 12 Begin Date: 07 Feb 2022

Module/Topic

Protection Mechanisms

Chapter

Online resources supplied

Events and Submissions/Topic

Continuation of Group Discussion.



Assessment Item 3 Due: Week 12 Friday (11 Feb 2022) 11:45 pm AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Feb 2022

Module/Topic

No final exam in this unit

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

Unit Coordinator: Dr Fariza Sabrina

Email: f.sabrina@cqu.edu.au

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment Item 1

Task Description

This is an individual assessment.

This assessment relates to the Unit Learning Outcome 2. You will analyse the scenario given in this assessment item, develop and produce a written report on the guidelines for the given information security policy. Further details of this assessment task will be provided on the Moodle unit website.


Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Friday (17 Dec 2021) 11:45 pm AEST

Individual submission via Moodle link


Return Date to Students

Online. Two weeks after the due date or two weeks after submission, whichever is later.


Weighting
35%

Assessment Criteria

You are assessed mainly on your ability to analyse the given scenario and develop the guidelines for the given information security policy. Please see the unit website for more specific marking criteria.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Each student must submit to Moodle their written report as a Microsoft Word file

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Develop the guidelines for an information security policy for an organisation


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

2 Group Discussion

Assessment Title
Assessment Item 2

Task Description

This is a group (upto 4 members) assessment.

Several tasks based on the given case study will be provided in class during your weekly workshops. Answers should be maintained in a portfolio document (e.g. a simple A4 - word document, Online Portfolio, etc).

This assessment has two submission parts:

  • Part 1- Weeks 4 and 5 exercises by Friday 11:45 PM of Week 7. This part is worth 10%.
  • Part 2- Week of 9, 10 and 11 exercises by Friday 11:45 PM of Week 11. This part is worth 15%.


Assessment Due Date

Part 1 is due on Friday 11:45 PM of week 7. Part 2 is due on Friday 11:45 PM of week 11. Both via Moodle.


Return Date to Students

Two weeks after the due date or two weeks after submission, whichever is later.


Weighting
25%

Assessment Criteria

Marking for each individual workshop exercise will be based on: Discussion, Relevance, and clarity/effort.

Details of the marking schedule will be available on the Moodle unit website.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Part 1 is due on Friday 11:45 PM of week 7. Part 2 is due on Friday 11:45 PM of week 11. Both parts should be submitted via Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Analyse the information security policies and programs of organisations based on national and international standards
  • Compare and contrast the laws and ethics of information security management.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment Item 3

Task Description

This is a group assessment.

This assessment task relates to the Unit Learning Outcomes 3 and 4, and can be undertaken in a group of up to 4 members. You will produce a written report on the guidelines of information security risk management as well as information security certification and accreditation for the organisation in the given scenario of this assessment item. Further details of this assessment task will be provided on the Moodle unit website.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (11 Feb 2022) 11:45 pm AEST

Each of you in the group must upload the same written report to Moodle as a Microsoft Word file by the above due date.


Return Date to Students

On Certification Day.


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

You are assessed on your ability to apply the principles of information security risk management as well as information security certification and accreditation to the organisation in the given scenario. Please see the Moodle unit website for more specific marking criteria.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Each of you in the group must upload the same written report to Moodle as a Microsoft Word file by the above due date.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply information security risk standards to protect information assets in organisations
  • Justify information security certification and accreditation required in relation to personnel and information security of an organisation


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?