3.6 - Information System Structure

The General Reference
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Information system structures can be open systems or closed systems.

  • Open Systems: Information systems that can communicate with other systems
    • Can both receive data and supply it
    • They support the sharing of information between different databases
    • They are more at risk from cyber threats, e.g., hacking
    • Examples include: Internet, Search engines
  • Closed Systems: Information systems that cannot share information between systems
    • Are private and less functional
    • They are more secure than open systems
    • They cannot interact with other systems
    • Examples include: Classified documents, Home security system

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