CIT 321 Executive Proposal Project
The purpose of this project is to evaluate the student’s ability to research and evaluate security testing software and present a proposal for review by executive team members. By completing the document the student will also gain practical knowledge of the security evaluation documentation and proposal writing process. The project will enable the student to identify and understand the required standards in practice, as well as the details that should be covered within a proposal.
- Using the Case Study presented in this document, to complete an executive proposal.
- Provide a three to five page proposal summarizing purpose and benefit of chosen security software to the executive management team.
- The student will evaluate and test security testing software for purposes of testing corporate network security. The purpose of the software is to measure the security posture of the organization by identifying vulnerabilities and help prevent future attacks and deter any real-time unknown threats.
- The proposal should effectively describe the software in a manner that will allow the executive team members to understand the purpose and benefits of the software to approve purchase.
- Evaluate and select a security tool for recommendation that you learned about in the i Labs modules or the EC-Council text books.
- The proposal document must be 3 to 5 pages long, conforming to SPA standards. See “Writing Guideline” in Web Tycho where you’ll find help on writing for research projects.
- At least three authoritative, outside references are required (anonymous authors or web pages are not acceptable). These should be listed on the last page titled “References.”
- Appropriate citations are required. See the syllabus regarding plagiarism policies.
- This will be graded on quality of research topic, quality of paper information, use of citations, grammar and sentence structure, and creativity.
- The paper is due during Week 7 of this course.
The purpose of project is to write an executive proposal for a fictitious company called Information Assurance Research. The goal of the proposal is to persuade the executive management team to approve purchase of security testing software that can benefit the company’s corporate network security by testing and identifying vulnerabilities before they are exploited by hackers. The proposal must include a detailed description of the software, its purpose and benefits.
- Research a security testing software tool that you practiced using in the EC-Council i Labs or from the textbook.
- Determine whether the tool would be beneficial in testing the security of a corporate network.
- Use the vendor’s website to collect necessary information about the tool to be able to explain its purpose and benefit.
- Include 3rd party endorsements and case studies about the tool.
- Integrate the information from your own experience with the tool into your proposal. This may include results from the i Lab exercises or your own test lab.
Information Assurance Corporation
Information Assurance is a startup medical research and development company. After five years of extraordinary success in the development of innovative medical and pharmaceutical products, Information Assurance is on its way to becoming a major player in the medical research and development industry. However, due to its success, Information Assurance has also become a major target of cyber criminals. Information Assurance has been the victim of cyber criminal attempts to steal intellectual property and sell it to Information Assurance’s competitors. It is suspected that the corporate network has been infiltrated from unauthorized sources more than once. In 2011, Information Assurance was falsely accused of unethical research and development practices. The false allegations resulted in the defacement of Information Assurance’s public website and several Denial of Service attacks at different times over a 9 month period that brought the corporate network to its knees. These attacks had a major impact on Information Assurance’s ability to conduct business and resulted in undesirable publicity for the company.
Regardless of its security problems, Information Assurance has continued to grow as a company. Its research and development departments have grown over the years, due to the expansion of the company, in proportion to the increase in its business making up over 40% of the human resources. Information Assurance’s innovative research and development information is paramount to its continued success as a company. Although, no known attacks have occurred in last 18 months, the security of its network and intellectual property is still a major concern for the company. Because Information Assurance is a still fairly young company, management has been hesitant to budget for expensive security projects. However, this point of view is beginning to change. Particularly, because one of Information Assurance’s competitors, a major player in the medical research and development industry for over 40 years, experienced a loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in research data that was stolen from its corporate network by cyber thieves.
Background and your role
You are the IT Manager hired in 2012 to manage the physical and operational security of Information Assurance’s corporate information system.You understand information security issues better than anyone else in the company. You also know that the network is vulnerable to outside threats because it has experienced attacks in the past and because you haven’t had the resources to properly test the corporate information system to identify the vulnerabilities that might exist and take action prevent possible attacks. You have a responsibility to bring these concerns to the attention of the executive team and ask for approval to purchase the necessary testing software.
Your education and training have introduced you to variety of security tools for testing computer and network security. The majority of these tools you either only read about or have practiced using in lab environment. You have decided to research some of these tools and test them out in your own lab environment and choose one for recommendation to executive team.
You will need to present information that proves the chosen tool will be beneficial to the security of corporate information system. To accomplish this you will need to research the product, if possible, test the product in a virtual lab environment. If the tool is part of your i Lab exercise, it is recommended that you practice using and testing the tool beyond the scope of the lab exercise. Based on your research and analysis, you will include this information in your proposal in way that the executive staff can understand and allowing them to make an informed decision to approve purchase of the product.
The executive management team of Information Assurance:
The proposal should include:
- Detailed description of the software and benefits.
- Include reviews, case studies and customer recommendations
- Include your own hands-on experience with the tool and test results
- Cost of product. Include additional costs such as training or hardware software that might be needed in order to properly deploy manage and maintain the software.
- How will the software impact the production environment? For example, the software may test for Denial of Service attacks. You need to explain any interruptions the test may have on business operations. You need to justify the need for such a test. Also explain how to you plan to minimize or prevent possible production outages.
The software should test for one or more of the following types of attacks:
- Denial of Service (Dos)
- Cross Site Scripting (XIS)
- Authentication Bypass
- Directory Traversal
- Session Management
- SQL injection
- Database Attacks
- Password Attacks
- Firewall/Router Attacks
- Operating System Attacks
Corporate Office Network Topology
The Information Assurance main research and development facility is located in Heston Virginia. You have concerns about the sensitive information that is stored at this location as well as data that transmitted over the WAN to Information Assurance’s New York City headquarters location, business partners and clients. The Heston facility is also where the Information Assurance data center is located. The data center is where Information Assurance’s public website, email, databases and corporate intranet are hosted. The environment contains a mix of Microsoft and *NIX technologies.
- 45 Windows 2008 Servers
- 13 Windows 2003 Servers
- 15 UNIX Servers
- 2200 Windows X and 7 Desktops
- Web Servers: Apache and II
- Services: FTP, SMUT, DENS, CPD, VAN
- Database: SQL, Oracle and MySQL
- Network: Cisco Routers and Firewall