Information Flow and Its Use in Business Organizations Essay
John J. Miller II
CIS 207/Information Systems Fundamentals
University of Phoenix
Information Flow and Business Use
Historically information flowed into organizations via many different methods, and often still is, and was very difficult to access, verify, and otherwise use the information simply because many of the systems in place did not communicate with each other. The purpose of this paper will be to briefly describe how information moves into, around, and out of an organization and why that information is important to the organization. I will also discuss how this information is safe guarded from unauthorized use.
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Normally I would discuss information flow in an organization that I am familiar with. However, my past three jobs were either in the military or as a defense contractor and as such required a security clearance. When I left those jobs I had to sign a non-disclosure agreement stating that I would not talk about specifics on what I did. With that said, all of our information when I was stationed on board a ship was received via email, message traffic, which is like email, but military specific and only accessible over a military communications circuit whereas with email you can send mail to a military address and vice versa, except in the case of classified email. Email of course was sent directly to the person whom the address belonged to. Message traffic on the other hand was delivered to a communications terminal, where it was manually disseminated to the intended recipients. Message traffic served a more official function; deployment orders and other items of a military specific nature. That was how information flowed into the ship. Information flow off the ship followed the reverse order. Email was sent from a computer workstation, classified or unclassified, routed through the Ship Exchange Server to the