CMIT 321 Executive Proposal Project Assignment 1 Applications of the Scientific Method The purpose of this project is to evaluate the studentâ€™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. Project Deliverable Â· Using the Case Study presented in this document, to complete an executive proposal. Â· Provide a three to five page proposal summarizing purpose and benefit of chosen security software to the executive management team. Â· 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. Â· 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. Guidelines Â· Evaluate and select a security tool for recommendation that you learned about in the iLabs modules or the EC-Council text books. Â· The proposal document must be 3 to 5 pages long, conforming to APA standards. See “Writing Guideline” in WebTycho where you’ll find help on writing for research projects. Â· 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.” Â· Appropriate citations are required. See the syllabus regarding plagiarism policies. Â· This will be graded on quality of research topic, quality of paper information, use of citations, grammar and sentence structure, and creativity. Â· The paper is due during Week 7 of this course. Project Description The purpose of project is to write an executive proposal for a fictitious company called Advanced Research. The goal of the proposal is to persuade the executive management team to approve purchase of security testing software that can benefit the companyâ€™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. Suggested Approach Research a security testing software tool that you practiced using in the EC-Council iLabs or from the textbook. Determine whether the tool would be beneficial in testing the security of a corporate network. Use the vendorâ€™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 iLab exercises or your own test lab. Company Description Advanced Research Corporation Advanced Research is a startup medical research and development company. After five years of extraordinary success in the development of innovative medical and pharmaceutical products, Advanced Research is on its way to becoming a major player in the medical research and development industry. However, due to its success, Advanced Research has also become a major target of cybercriminals. Advanced Research has been the victim of cybercriminal attempts to steal intellectual property and sell it to Advanced Researchâ€™s competitors. It is suspected that the corporate network has been infiltrated from unauthorized sources more than once. In 2011, Advanced Research was falsely accused of unethical research and development practices. The false allegations resulte
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