CSEC 630 FINAL Exam. Cyber Security Action Plan

CSEC  630 FINAL  Exam

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Cyber Security Action Plan

100 points

This examination is worth 20 percent of your total grade. There are five semi open ended questions (worth 70 points) along with an accompanying cyber security action plan template (worth 30 points). You are to answer each of the five questions and to complete the Cyber Security Action Plan template based on best practices and your understanding of the case.

Please refer to the FAQ concerning the maximum length answer for each question You are not required to use APA formatting.  For the open ended questions you are to provide your answers immediately follow the question as follows:

  1. Describe…


  1. Discuss…


And so forth…

On the Cyber Security Action Plan template for each Action Plan item include your response. You can add additional space if needed.


Sections in the Plan Description
Security risks Enumerates the types of security hazards that affect your enterprise.
Security strategies Describes the general security strategies necessary to meet the risks.
Public key infrastructure policies Includes your plans for deploying certification authorities for internal and external security features.
Security group descriptions Includes descriptions of security groups and their relationship to one another. This section maps group policies to security groups.
Group Policy Includes how you configure security Group Policy settings, such as network password policies.
Network logon and authentication strategies Includes authentication strategies for logging on to the network and for using remote access and smart card to log on.
Information security strategies Includes how you implement information security solutions, such as secure e-mail and secure Web communications.
Administrative policies Includes policies for delegation of administrative tasks and monitoring of audit logs to detect suspicious activity.



Healthcare companies, like ABC Healthcare, that operate as for-profit entities, are facing a multitude of challenges. The regulatory environment is becoming more restrictive, viruses and worms are growing more pervasive and damaging, and ABC Healthcare’s stakeholders are demanding more flexible access to their systems.

The healthcare industry is experiencing significant regulatory pressures that

mandate prudent information security and systems management practices.

Furthermore, the continued pressure to reduce cost requires that management

focus on streamlining operations, reducing management overhead and

minimizing human intervention. The regulatory focus at ABC Healthcare is on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX). Both pieces of legislation highlight the need for good systems administration and controls, but focus on different aspects of the business. The main focus of HIPAA is to protect personally identifiable health information while SOX is concerned with data that impacts financial reporting. Violations may be met with both civil and criminal penalties. Therefore, the company must be ever watchful of new threats to their systems, data, and business operations.

The most prevalent security related threat to on-going business operations is the

continued development and propagation of viruses and worms. Virus and worm

prevention or containment is a vital component to the overall risk mitigation

strategy. Virus and worm outbreaks have multiple cost aspects for the company

including lost patient charges due to system unavailability, lost productivity

because of recovery efforts due to infection, and potential regulatory impacts

depending on the virus or worm payload. However, the company must balance

risk with opportunities in order to serve the stakeholders and grow the business.

ABC Healthcare’s stakeholders include multiple groups that depend on or need access to clinical and/or financial systems in order to help support and grow the company. The access requirements and associated risk model varies by user group. The main access groups are internal only users (i.e. nurses, hourly employee, etc.),

internal/remote users (i.e. salaried employees, doctors, etc.), and business

partners (i.e. collection agencies, banks, etc.). Risk mitigation solutions must be

developed for each user group to help ensure that the company recognizes the

benefit that each group brings and to minimize the risk to business operations.

The high-level management goals of the network design implementation are as


  • Support the business and balance security requirements without introducing significant overhead and complexity;
  • Maintain and enhance security without significantly increasing management overhead or complexity;
  • Implement systems that are industry supported (standards where appropriate), scalable, and fault-tolerant;
  • Ensure that the design is implemented to help ensure compliance with any and all applicable regulations;
  • Proper management of access control for legitimate users and malicious users is of the utmost importance for the security of the ABC Healthcare management system. The threat is not limited to outside malicious users but also legitimate users engaged in illegitimate activity.

Based on the above description you are to provide a recommendation of how you would address each of the following ABC Healthcare’s computer network security requirements. Note, whereas cost is typically an important factor, this is not a consideration for this case analysis. Therefore, you do not need to include cost estimates. Your solution should have the “right feel”, despite the lack of depth or details necessary to be accepted by upper management.  Be specific in your answers.  Write them as if you were writing a proposal to your boss.  Since you are developing a solution to a specific circumstance, material that is copied from an outside source will not likely fit so everything should be in your own words.

  1. Describe your technical recommendation for addressing the security requirements in the overall technical design of the ABC Healthcare network. This should include both internal and external (untrusted and trusted) aspects. Untrusted would include user connectivity to the Internet. The “trusted” network has the main purpose of supporting the business functions of known entities (i.e. partners, suppliers, etc.) which have a business relationship with the company. Note that you are toconcentrate on the physical and logical level, including the type of hardware  and software, however you are not expected to provide specific low level details in terms of equipment suppliers or model numbers, etc. for your recommended design.  (30 points)
  1. Discuss the way you will address requirements for system monitoring, logging, auditing, including complying with any legal regulations. (10 points)


  1. Describe how the system will identify and authenticate all the users who attempt to access ABC Healthcare information resources. (10 points)
  1. Discuss how the system shall recover from attacks, failures, and accidents. (10 points)
  1. Discuss how the system will address User Account Management and related security improvements. (10 points)


  1. Complete the Cyber Security Action Plan template (30 points)

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