• Unit 2: MIS Basics – Hardware, Software, Networking, and Security

    As mentioned in the course introduction, much of MIS is now centered on technology. Accordingly, MIS capabilities are mostly limited to the hardware and software capabilities of a given system. Ten years ago, the average Internet user could download an MP3 music file in a few minutes over a cable. This can now be done in seconds wirelessly from just about anywhere in the developed world thanks to improvements in hardware and software. While it is nearly impossible to remain in front of technology developments, it is possible to analyze trends in technology advancements and identify what hardware and software may give you a competitive advantage.

    This unit will first discuss the hardware component of technology, followed by software. The unit finishes with a discussion of networking as a component of technology. 

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 11 hours.

    • 2.1: Hardware

      • 2.1.1: Personal Computers

      • 2.1.2: Other Digital Devices

    • 2.2: Software

      • 2.2.1: Cloud Computing

      • 2.2.2: Open-Source Software

    • 2.3: Networks

    • 2.4: Security

      • 2.4.1: The Information Security Triad

      • 2.4.2: Tools for Information Security

      • 2.4.3: Personal Information Security

    • Unit 2 Assessment