Assignment 2 Security consultation report and guideline.
Learning 25th of September 2020 ,11:00 Pm
Graduate 3 – 6
Attributes 3, 4 & 5
Weight 30% of overall unit assessment
Suggestion This assignment is developmental and cumulative. You are strongly advised to start doing this assignment from the date it become available. Leaving your starting date to the week before the due date is a very poor strategy for success in the unit.
Marks A marking scheme will be posted on MySCU to help you direct your efforts successfully.
You are hired by Southern Cross University as a cybersecurity consultant to work on a security program to address the contemporary and emerging risks from the cyber threats the university is facing. Your tasks are the following:
• Task 1: your team has identified webserver, student Information database, AI lab as the most critical assets for the university. You need to provide a risk assessment table (a template given) for these assets.
• Task 2: After the assessing the risk you suggest the university to replace the current password-based authentication scheme with a Certificate-Based Authentication. To justify your suggestion, explain the working principle of the Certificate-Based Authentication mechanism and discuss why the university should use the mechanism in this case by comparing it with the password-based authentication mechanism. Use figure when necessary to support your answers.
• Task 3: You have identified Spamming is among the top cybersecurity threats facing by the university. Use the Spam Act 2003 and available online resources to develop a guideline for the university students and staff to combat with the threat. The guideline will include the following:
o Definition of spam and its distinctive characteristics.
o At least three (3) real examples of spams showing the spam characteristics. o Instruction to the users of how to recognise and safely handle a spam.
o Instructions to the IT administrator of how to minimize the spam threat.
Task 1: risk assessment
To complete this task, use the following guidelines: The most critical assets are Identified for you so you do not need to list more assets.
• Identify 3 potential vulnerabilities and associated threats for each asset. do a research and make sure the vulnerabilities and threats are specific and related to the asset.
• Assess the risk to the university’s information system using a semi-quantitative risk assessment approach and document the risk assessment table as shown in the example below
• Minimum of two controls are carefully chosen to mitigate each risk correctly • Top 3 risks should be highlighted
For this task the table should have following format for risk assessment table with the headings.
Asset Vulnerability & threat Impact Likelihood Risk Control(safeguard)
Student Info DB lack of proper access control could lead to unauthorised access by malicious
intruder/hacker 4 3 12(major) • proper privilege scheme like RBAC
• renaming/disabling the default admin user and password
• creating and implementing least privilege policy for
You can use the suggested risk matrix as below.
Figure 1: sample risk matrix, obtained from https://www.project-risk-manager.com/blog/qualitative-and-quantitativerisk-analysis/
Task 2: Certificate-based Authentication
To complete this task, use the following guidelines:
• Perform necessary research to understand the working principle, pros and cons of the Certificate-based Authentication mechanism. Document all reference sources.(no more than 500 words)
• Explain the working principle of the Certificate-based Authentication mechanism. Compare the certificate-based authentication against the password-based authentication and highlight the features you think are useful for combating some of the threats from previous task. (no more than 500 words)
• Note that you are not allowed to cut and paste from online resources. Use your own words and figures. Acknowledge all reference sources.
Task 3: Anti-spam guideline
To complete this task, use the following guidelines:
• Read and understand Spam Act 2003. The Spam Act 2003 document is available at: https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2016C00614. The Act will help you to define what type of electronic messages should be treated as spams, what are the distinctive characteristics of a spam and what act is considered as spamming?(no more than 200 words)
• Search for 3 representative examples of spams or use your own spams as examples. (no more than 200 words)
• Use samples from reputable online resources to help you with the development of spam handling instructions. The instructions should be clear, concise and precise.
(no more than 200 words)
The report must have a cover page, table of content, introduction and must follow proper formatting and referencing method. It Is important that you choose right choice of vocabulary and grammar.
Assignment-2 Marking Guide
Following table helps you to itemise exactly what tutors will be looking at in relation to marking your assignment. It contains a detailed breakdown of the marking criteria for this assignment. I strongly suggest you peruse this spreadsheet.
Criteria Marks Mark break
minimum 3 vulnerabilities& associated threats per asset identified 4.5
The risk is calculated correctly and top three risks are highlighted 4.5
two controls(safeguards) per risk are elaborated 4.5
Task 2 8.5
Clearly explains the working principle of the certificate-based authentication. Using a diagram 2.5
list pros and cons of Certificate based authentication (at least 3 Pros and 3 Cons) 2.5
Compare and contrast the certificate-based authentication and password-based authentication. 2.5
Quality of references 1
Task 3 6
Correctly identify the characteristics of a Spam and Spamming act. 2
Provide three representative examples of Spams 2
Spam handling policy 2
The work should follow proper formatting, it must have a cover page, TOC and introduction. 2 2
Submission Format and Instructions:
When you have completed the assignment, you are required to submit your assignment in the PDF/DOC format. The file will be named using the following convention:
filename = FirstInitialYourLastName_CMP71001_A2.pdf (i.e. FJones_CMP71001_A2.pdf)
The final work must be submitted to two links under assignment two folder on MySCU. One link Is for grading and one link Is for checking your work for similarity rate. the similarity rate must be below 20%.
Note to IBS students: Please check with your local lecturer/tutor the submission requirements for your assignments. Typically, they will be different from on-shore students of Southern Cross University.
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School Extension Policy
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