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MISA 523 : Information Advantage -- Defensive: Countering Self-Deception and External Deceptions

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College of Business (WBUAD)
Information Advantage -- Defensive: Countering Self-Deception and External Deceptions
Defending the image and reputation of an organization, and assuring the value of the business intelligence it gathers and creates, is critical to protecting and enhancing that organization's competitive advantage within the marketplace. As such, leaders must effectively manage information and mitigate the risk of deception within internal and external environments. Managing the perception of an organization's image and reputation requires a proactive approach given advances in technology and globalization. Perception management topics will include a comprehensive review of threats, risk analysis, control techniques, and managerial/crisis issues. This course also offers defensive skills, tools and processes necessary to eliminate or counter the negative ramifications of erroneous information, corrupt practices and espionage. From a management perspective learners will explore strategic methods designed to protect intelligence and maintain an information advantage. Prerequisites: MISA 501 and MISA 502, or approval of the Program Chair

This course offers an understanding of the theory and practice of information and perception management in an effort to defend the organization’s intelligence, image and reputation. Students are prepared to understand, identify, and counter the common failures of business intelligence systems as they pertain to self-deception and external deception.

Upon course completion, the student will be able to: Understand how information management within today’s networked economy requires securing the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information assets. Explain what perception management is in the context of reputation management, branding, and other aspects of an organization’s marketing or outreach activities. Explain the various ways in which deception can impact the organization and its objectives, and how deception can be inadvertent or deliberate, internal or external. Identifymanagement requirements, policies, procedures, risks, audit, controls, and governanceto protect the organization’s reputation, branding and information from internal threats. Identify the varioustools and processesused to secure and defend the organization’s intelligence and reputation from external threats. Recognize and mitigate risks to an organization’s information, image and reputation within a global and technological marketplace. Understand the impact of ethical and legal implications on business practices with respect to information access/sharing and deceptive practices.

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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Rachel M. Vigness - 2/25/2015
Wendi Kappers - 2/25/2015
Aaron Glassman - 2/25/2015
Dr. Bobby McMasters - 2/25/2015
1-5 Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance Understand the interdisciplinary aspects (technical, business, management, and policy of information assurance and information systems and organizational security.
2. Assess and manage the identification of and response to the changing nature of the information risks and information security challenges that increasingly complex, distributed organizations face.
3. Establish governance policies and management mechanisms necessary to develop, acquire, and operate sustainable, cost-effective secure information infrastructures.
4. Integrate various ethical, legal, technological and professional perspectives, both local and global, along with data protection and information assurance perspectives, throughout the various MIS decision making and managerial and leadership processes.
5. Manage and direct the development and operational use of information security and assurance procedures, policies and technologies throughout the organization.
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