commissum Sponsorship of Open University Student Prize
Released on: June 23, 2011, 3:14 pm
Internet & Online
commissum is proud to again be the
sponsor of the prize for the Open University Post Graduate module for
Information Security Management; the M886 module. This is the second
year that commissum has sponsored this prize.
The winner of the prize this year is Canadian student Sara Maharaj, from Ontario.
Sara took the Information Security Management module as a standalone course for her
The Information Security Management module is very focused on taking a
practice-based approach; this encourages the student to base what they do upon an
organisation that they are familiar with.
The course provides the foundation knowledge, understanding, analysis and synthesis
needed to develop a practical information security management system (ISMS), to the
standard set by the ISO/IEC 27001:2005 and BS ISO/IEC 17799:2005. It also targets
helping the students acquire the personal development skills that they need to keep
abreast of important developments in the rapidly changing field of Information
Sara, having successfully undertaken the course as the top student, said:
“The course provides valuable insights into how to strategically manage information
security within the organization. The practical exercises force you to think
through a methodical implementation of the ISO 27001 standard, which facilitates
Managing Director at commissum, Martin Finch, is a keen
advocate of this practical approach to learning. He said:
“When students are given the opportunity to apply what they learn during the course
of the module, it not only reinforces the lesson and benefits them and their
respective organisations, but also instils a sense of great satisfaction”.
Last year’s joint winners were Ian Knight and Sally Anderson. Ian Knight who
graduated with a BA/BSc Open Degree took the Information Security Management course
as the last step in his degree journey. Ian works for a major Telecoms provider,
with responsibility for Information Assurance on large client contracts. He said:
“The course materials were some of the best that I have encountered in the OU and in
other study; I found the course to be of immediate practical use in my work almost
from the start of the first unit”.
Sally Anderson, who is Head of Web and IT in a leading University, also commented on
the practical nature of the course, saying “I have directly applied the new
knowledge and skills to my work already and have the confidence now to advise and
manage information security on behalf of my organisation”.
With 20 years of experience, commissum is adept at offering practical advice and
recommending cost-effective solutions, to deliver a joined-up, coherent approach to
protecting an organisation's information assets.
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