IAS-551 Foundations of Information Assurance
Information assurance (IA) is concerned with protecting the reliability of information and managing risks related to the use, processing, storage, and transmission of information or data. It includes securing the systems and processes that house and manipulate the data as well. IA includes protection of the integrity, availability, authenticity, nonrepudiation, and confidentiality of organizational data. IA practitioners use physical, technical, and administrative controls to accomplish these tasks. These protections apply to data in transit, both physical and electronic forms as well as data at rest in various types of physical and electronic storage facilities. Information assurance as a field has grown from the practice of information security. As opposed to information security and cybersecurity, IA relates more to the business value and strategic risk management of information and related organizational systems, rather than focusing on the creation and application of security controls. In this course students will learn to defend against malicious attacks while considering corporate governance issues such as privacy, regulatory and standards compliance, auditing, business continuity, and disaster recovery as they relate to an organization's information assets.
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