Information Security Management in a Nutshell

This free online course will show you how to set up an information security program for your organization. You’ll learn why Information Security Management is needed and what exactly needs to be protected. You’ll learn about processes to implement and run an Information Security Management System. The course is delivered by Prof. Dr. Sachar Paulus from Hochschule Mannheim.

This course was retired in October, 2023.

Self-paced since November 8, 2017
Language: English

Course information


This course was retired in October, 2023.

Course Summary

Information Security Management is the new discipline in organizational management. It has been mandated for critical infrastructures by several laws, and has become the de-facto standard for information protection in organizations of any type. It is the “quality assurance” of the digital era.

The objective of this course is to help business decision-makers understand the steps that need to be taken to secure information in their organization.

After taking this course, learners will recognize the processes that need to be considered when implementing and using an Information Security Management System, and understand the legal requirements of such a system and how these can be implemented appropriately within an organization. The course gives guidelines on how to protect information with technical and organizational security controls.

Course Characteristics

  • Starting from: October 10, 2017, 09:00 UTC. (What does this mean?)
  • Duration: The course is open for 4 weeks
  • Effort: 3-4 hours in total
  • Course assignment: You can take the course assignment at any time whilst the course is open.
  • Course closure: November 08, 2017, 9:00 UTC
  • Course language: English
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Course Content

Unit 1 - Information Security Goals
Unit 2 - Security Risk Management
Unit 3 - Security Control Types
Unit 4 - Security Management Processes: Prevention, Detection, Response
Unit 5 - Security Awareness
Unit 6 - Organizational Requirements
Unit 7 - Legal Conditions for Certifying Security Management Systems
Unit 8 - Key Takeaways

Target Audience

  • Business and IT decision makers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Business and IT students
  • Anyone interested in the issues around security in organizations

Course Requirements


Course contents

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  • Course:

    Unit 1 - Information Security Goals; Unit 2 - Security Risk Management; Unit 3 - Security Control Types; Unit 4 - Security Management Processes: Prevention, Detection, Response; Unit 5 - Security Awareness; Unit 6 - Organizational Requirements; Unit 7 - Legal Conditions for Certifying Security Management Systems; Unit 8 - Key Takeaways
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Course End
Nov 08, 2017
Course Start
Oct 10, 2017


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Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 50% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain a Confirmation of Participation by completing at least 50% of the course material.

Find out more in the certificate guidelines.

This course is offered by

Prof. Dr. Sachar Paulus

Dr. Sachar Paulus is professor of IT Security at the Hochschule Mannheim, following a professorship in Security Management at the Technische Hochschule Brandenburg. Prior to commencing his academic career, Sachar worked at SAP for 8 years, where he held several leading positions in the area of security, including Chief Security Officer and SVP Product Security. In addition to his educational commitments, he runs a small consulting firm and is engaged in nonprofit organizations involved in improving information security in society.