Introduction to Information Security Course

I completed and published another course with Pluralsight. This time I was asked to create an introductory course for information security. It had to be high level. It had to be accessible to beginners that have little to no background in information security.

It is the lead course in the Survey of Information Security learning path. This path also contains my second penetration testing course, Penetration Testing: The Big Picture.

The objective of this course is to assist learners in understanding the foundational principles and the key concepts in security. I describe most of the program and management approaches from an organizational perspective. I used this method specifically so that learners can apply this knowledge to their current job and their organization.

Course Description

There are many components to an organization’s information security program. If you are new to cybersecurity or interested in getting started, it can be difficult to identify and understand all of the facets of protecting an organization’s information assets. In this course, you will learn about the information security programs used by organizations. First, you’ll learn about the foundational principles of security, such as confidentiality, integrity, governance, risk management, and compliance. Next, you will learn about organizational assets and how they are protected through the use of security controls. Then, you will learn about how auditing, monitoring, and testing is used to review and evaluate the effectiveness of those security controls. Finally, you will explore how organizations manage and prepare for security incidents, disruptions, and disasters and how they manage the day-to-day operations of a program. When you finish this course, you will have the knowledge and understanding of the bigger picture of information security.

Table of Contents

  • Course Overview
  • Security Principles, Governance, Risk, and Compliance
  • Protecting and Defending Assets
  • Auditing and Monitoring
  • Managing Incidents and Operations

What is the Learning Path?

This learning path is a specific set of Pluralsight courses on information security. These are Big Picture courses since they provide a wide survey (i.e. “big picture”) of relevant content in security. They are not in-depth courses but introductory ones.


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