This course project is intended to assess your ability to identify, design, and organize information technology (IT) security policies.
Learning Objectives and Outcomes
You will be able to develop draft IT security policies for an organization and apply learning constructs from the course.
Required Source Information and Tools
Web References: Links to Web references in this document and related materials are subject to change without prior notice. These links were last verified on June 16, 2014.
The following tools and resources will be needed to complete this project:
- Course textbook
- Internet access
- DoD instructions or directives
- Risk Management Framework (RF) for Department of Defense Information Technology (IT) http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/851001_2014.pdf and http://www.rmf.org/images/stories/rmf_documents/850001_2014.pdf
- Department of Defense Information Security Program
- Department of Defense Internet Services and Internet-Based Capabilities
- Department of Defense Proposes New Information Security Requirements for Contractors:
- School/public library (optional)
The course project has a checkpoint strategy. Checkpoint deliverables allow you to receive valuable feedback on your interim work. In this project, you have several ungraded checkpoint deliverables. (See the course Syllabus for the schedule.)
You may discuss project questions with the instructor, and you should receive feedback from the instructor on previously submitted work. Checkpoint deliverables ensure refinement of the final deliverables, if incorporated effectively. The final deliverable for this project is a professional report.
|1||Hold an initial team meeting, choose a team leader, and submit a team member list.|
|2||Submit a draft of your research of DOD-specific requirements for an organization’s IT infrastructure and U.S. compliance laws that may affect the firm.|
|3||Submit a draft of DoD-compliant policies, standards, and controls that affect the User, Workstation, LAN, and LAN-to-WAN Domains.|
|4||Submit a bulleted list of DoD-compliant policies, standards, and controls that affect the WAN, Remote Access, and System/Application Domains.|
|5||Submit a draft of your class project report if you want feedback before submitting your final deliverable.|
You work for a high-tech company with approximately 390 employees. Your firm recently won a large DoD contract, which will add 30% to the revenue of your organization. It is a high-priority, high-visibility project. You will be allowed to make your own budget, project timeline, and tollgate decisions.
This course project will require you to form a team of 2 to 3 coworkers (fellow students) and develop the proper DoD security policies required to meet DoD standards for delivery of technology services to the U.S. Air Force Cyber Security Center (AFCSC), a DoD agency. To do this, you must develop DoD-approved policies and standards for your IT infrastructure (see the “Tasks” section below). The policies you create must pass DoD-based requirements. Currently, your organization does not have any DoD contracts and thus has no DoD-compliant security policies or controls in place.
Your firm’s computing environment includes the following:
- 12 servers running Microsoft Server 2012 R2, providing the following:
- Active Directory (AD)
- Domain Name System (DNS)
- Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
- Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) application (Oracle)
- A Research and Development (R&D) Engineering network segment for testing, separate from the production environment
- Microsoft Exchange Server for e-mail
- Symantec e-mail filter
- Websense for Internet use
- Two Linux servers running Apache Server to host your Web site
- 390 PCs/laptops running Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8, Microsoft Office 2013, Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Project, and Adobe Reader
- Select a team leader for your project group.
- Hold weekly team meetings as a group and/or with your instructor to be sure your team is proceeding correctly.
- Create policies that are DoD compliant for the organization’s IT infrastructure.
- Develop a list of compliance laws required for DoD contracts.
- List controls placed on domains in the IT infrastructure.
- List required standards for all devices, categorized by IT domain.
- Develop a deployment plan for implementation of these polices, standards, and controls.
- List all applicable DoD frameworks in the final delivery document.
- Write a professional report that includes all of the above content-related items.
Although the final project report is due at the end of the course, it is recommended that you complete it at least a week early so you have more time to study for the final exam.
- Format: Microsoft Word
- Font: Arial, Size 12, Double-Space
- Citation Style: APA style
- Length: 4–6 pages
- I developed a list of compliance laws required for DoD contracts.
- I listed controls placed on domains in the IT infrastructure.
- I listed required standards for all devices, categorized by IT domain.
- I developed DoD policies and standards for our organization’s IT infrastructure.
I developed a deployment plan for implementation of these polices, standards, and controls.
- I listed all applicable DoD frameworks in the final report.
- I involved myself in each of the lessons and asked my instructor questions.
- I found additional references/resources than those provided.
- I created an academic paper describing the policies, standards, and controls that would make our organization DoD compliant.
- I submitted my work per the deliverable timeline to the instructor for monitoring and comment.