For this assignment you will post your answers to the scenario below prior to 11:55 p.m. ET on Wednesday. You are required to respond to at least two of your classmates post by 11:55 on Sunday.Please do not be late with this post because your classmates will be relying on you to post on time. Your follow-up posts can add additional insight to a classmate’s opinions or can challenge their opinions. Use examples from the readings, or from your own research, to support your views, as appropriate. For your follow-up posts this week, you may wish to visit a couple of the web sites contributed by your classmates and share your opinion of these sites with the class. Be sure to read the follow-up posts to your own posts and reply to any questions or requests for clarification. You are encouraged to conduct research and use other sources to support your answers. Be sure to list your references at the end of your post. References must be in APA citation format. All posts must be a minimum of 250-300 words. All follow-up posts to your classmates must be a minimum of 150 words for each required post. Peer responses will not be accepted after the due date.


After discussing the cyber threat and whether or not it is exaggerated, you head to work and have candid discussions with your leadership about security. Although no one agrees on the “level” of exaggeration in the media, the consensus is that the threat exists and your organization could do a much better job at securing its enterprise network.

Your Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) asks you to review the seven domains of the typical IT infrastructure, and describe how you will:

  1. Reduce the attack surface with what hardening steps and network security management best practices;
  2. Ensure secure authentication, authorization, and accounting;
  3. Prevent or respond to intrusions.

* Hardening is the process of securing a system by reducing its surface of vulnerability: System Hardening In 7 (General) Steps

* Seven Domains of a Typical IT Infrastructure – Chapter 5

Forum Grading Rubric (100 Points)

Synthesis of Concepts


Clear Citations using APA format


Writing Standards




Peer Reviews (minimum of 2)


This assignment is a formative assessment for Course Objective 3.

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