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MISA 542 : Advanced Information Assurance Topics for Distributed Organizations and Systems

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College of Business (WBUAD)
Advanced Information Assurance Topics for Distributed Organizations and Systems
This course challenges the student to integrate many aspects of their core MSISA studies into a variety of alternative global contexts. On the one hand, many organizations are small, flexible, and rapidly evolving in both the nature of their activities and their use of information systems; by contrast, many others generate their competitive advantage through large-scale information infrastructures that require much greater degrees of governance, management and control. Yet regardless of where on that spectrum a particular organization may find itself, going more global causes that organization many new challenges -- and provides many opportunities to reexamine, reengineer, or revalidate its previously-considered information assurance policies, programs and procedures. Using a combination of case studies and scenario-based analysis, students will examine a variety of global information assurance challenges pertaining to distributed organizations and systems. Students may elect to perform in-depth research, provide a detailed analysis of selected case studies, or conduct a real-world project. For instance, students may develop and evaluate a detailed business continuity management plan, or conduct an in-depth information risk assessment for an organization, develop a detailed risk management and treatment plan, or conduct a thorough analysis and evaluation of an existing information risk management plan. Quantitative and qualitative analytical methods should be considered essential to providing a rigorous, thoughtful, and well-supported final product. Prerequisites: MISA 501 and MISA 502, or approval of the Program Chair

Almost without exception, the modern organization is a mobile and distributed one – it has people and business processes in many separate locations, interacting with each other to help the organization meet its objectives. In effect, such organizations succeed or fail in large part because their social networks strengthen the organization and help it learn, or get in the way of its core business functions. This course examines the managerial and leadership challenges of these distributed and mobile work places, and how they can and must be coordinated effectively to generate organizational knowledge and awareness to achieve organizational decision making. It then considers how mission needs and organizational objectives, as well as management style and organizational culture, may dictate how tightly, centrally-controlled these decision systems are (or, by contrast, how loosely-coupled, semi-autonomous and cooperative they are).

Upon course completion, the student will be able to: Identify the key challenges to building, managing and leading a mobile and distributed work force, and why these should be addressed before considering the information systems and technologies they should use. Explain what is meant by the psycho-techno phenomenon known as “bring your own technology,” or “bring your own devices” (BYOT or BYOD) is, why this is becoming commonplace, and its intrinsic advantages and disadvantages. Assess the proposition that all organizations, regardless of physical location or nature of their work, are in many respects mobile and distributed organizations that must contend with BYOT issues. Compare and contrast the opportunities and hazards of cloud computing and BYOT for distributed and mobile organizations. Compare and contrast the loosely-coupled (decentralized) and tightly-coupled (centralized) information governance strategies in terms of information assurance, knowledge management/assurance, and mission assurance needs Discuss risk identification and management when dealing with mobile, distributed work places whether they are using BYOT approaches or not. Discuss the key information and IT systems governance issues that must be dealt with in a mobile and distributed work place organization Explain how information and knowledge governance and assurance policies relate to other organizational needs and policies that address them in a distributed and mobile organization.

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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
Mike Wills - 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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