Data Security and Governance

    Unit code: BCO7005 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    City Campus
    VU Brisbane
    VU Sydney


    In the era of big data, security and governance become the priority for businesses. Businesses have an ethical and legal obligations to protect their customer data as well as managing their own data. This puts understanding and development of appropriate data security and data governance policies and procedures as top priority. The unit exposes students to the current practices and government regulations in data security, data governance frameworks and ethical issues relating to data creation, management and distribution. Students learn how to evaluate data security trade-offs, use relevant frameworks and latest research to develop data management plans and examine and provide recommendations for data security and data governance issues.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Devise and justify data security strategies using data management framework taking into consideration any ethical implications;
    2. Critically evaluate and deconstruct existing data security and data governance approaches by examining data architectures and processes;
    3. Evaluate different approaches of delivering data services based on understanding of the recent industry developments, organisation needs and ethical implications; and
    4. Investigate and evaluate data governance requirements to manage and mitigate risk.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 20%
    Test based on application of theory and practice
    Assessment type: Report
    Grade: 40%
    Research Report (Investigate and develop data security policy of an organisation)
    Assessment type: Project
    Grade: 40%
    Develop a data management road-map emphasising data governance and security (group)

    Required reading

    Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

    As part of a course

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