Creating and Communicating a Security Strategy

Assignment 1: Creating and Communicating a Security Strategy
Draft Due Week 4, worth 40 points
Final Due Week 6, worth 60 points
As an IT professional, you’ll often be required to communicate policies, standards, and practices in the
workplace. For this assignment, you’ll practice this important task by taking on the role of an IT
professional charged with creating a memo to communicate your company’s new security strategy.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
• Analyze the importance of network architecture to security operations.
• Apply information security standards to real-world implementation.
• Communicate how problem-solving concepts are applied in a business environment.
• Use information resources to research issues in information systems security.
• Write clearly about network security topics using proper writing mechanics and business formats.

  1. Review the essential elements of a security strategy
    A successful IT administration strategy requires the continuous enforcement of policies, standards, and
    practices (procedures) within the organization. Review these elements to see how they compare:
    Policy The general statements that direct the organization’s internal and external
    communication and goals.
    Standards Describe the requirements of a given activity related to the policy. They are more
    detailed and specific than policies. In effect, standards are rules that evaluate the
    quality of the activity. For example, standards define the structure of the password
    and the numbers, letters, and special characters that must be used in order to
    create a password.
    Practices The written instructions that describe a series of steps to be followed during the
    performance of a given activity. Practices must support and enhance the work
    environment. Also referred to as procedures.
  2. Describe the business environment
    You are the IT professional in charge of security for a company that has recently opened within a
    shopping mall. Describe the current IT environment at this business. You can draw details from a
    company you work for now or for which you have worked in the past. You’ll need to get creative and
    identify the details about this business that will influence the policies you’ll create. For example, does the
    company allow cell phone email apps? Does the company allow web mail? If so, how will this affect the
    mobile computing policy? Describe all the details about this business environment that will be necessary
    to support your strategy.
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  3. Research sample policies
    Familiarize yourself with various templates and sample policies used in the IT field. Do not just copy
    another company’s security policy, but rather learn from the best practices of other companies and apply
    them to yours. Use these resources to help structure your policies:
    ● Information Security Policy Templates
    ● Sample Data Security Policies
    ● Additional Examples and Tips
    With the description of the business environment (the fictional company that has opened in a shopping
    mall) in mind and your policy review and research complete, create a new security strategy in the format
    of a company memo (no less than three to five pages) in which you do the following:
  4. Describe the business environment and identify the risk and reasoning
    Provide a brief description of all the important areas of the business environment that you’ve
    discovered in your research. Be sure to identify the reasons that prompted the need to create a
    security policy.
  5. Assemble a security policy
    Assemble a security policy or policies for this business. Using the memo outline as a guide,
    collect industry-specific and quality best practices. In your own words, formulate your fictional
    company’s security policy or policies. You may use online resources, the Strayer Library, or other
    industry-related resources such as the National Security Agency (NSA) and Network World. In a
    few brief sentences, provide specific information on how your policy will support the business’
  6. Develop standards
    Develop the standards that will describe the requirements of a given activity related to the policy.
    Standards are the in-depth details of the security policy or policies for a business.
  7. Develop practices
    Develop the practices that will be used to ensure the business enforces what is stated in the
    security policy or policies and standards.
    Format your assignment according to the following formatting requirements:
    • This course requires use of Strayer Writing Standards (SWS). The format is different than other
    Strayer University courses. Please take a moment to review the SWS documentation for details.
    Review this resource to learn more about the important features of business writing: The One
    Unbreakable Rule in Business Writing.
    ● You may use the provided memo outline as a guide for this assignment, or you may use your
    own. Get creative and be original! (You should not just copy a memo from another source.) Adapt
    the strategy you create to your “company” specifically. In the workplace, it will be important to use
    company standard documents for this type of communication.
    ● Do not cut and paste someone else’s strategy. Plagiarism detection software will be used to
    evaluate your submissions.