Project #2: Securing Digital Government Services

Project #2: Securing Digital Synod Services

For this tractate, you conciliate discovery implicit and existing protection issues forcible digital synod websites. Synod websites strengthen customers to enroll in programs and labors, control the status of benefits, and admit notice encircling the federal synod’s activities. Your auditory for this discovery counsel is the Chief Notice Officer for a mean federal production who asked for protection in developing a surrender assessment and surrender obsoleteness strategy for the production’s digital synod websites.

Note: this discovery counsel is unconnected from the counsel you previously fitted encircling OPEN grounds and may not reuse notice from that counsel. This tractate must oration other types of synod labors. See Table 1 for the schedule of websites to use in your discovery.

For this counsel, you should commence by revisaling three or past unfair digital synod websites (from the schedule granted in Table 1) to enumerate:

(a) the types of notice granted by the websites

(b) the types of labors granted by the websites

(c) protection issues which could collision the bestowal of digital synod labors by the websites

After you accept revisaled these websites, revisal the Federal Cyberprotection Surrender Determination Counsel and Action Plan to realize concomitant sources of surrender that the production must be assured of and should oration in its planning. You should besides revisal Ruler Order 13800 Strengthening the Cyberprotection of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure 

Table 1. Schedule of Digital Synod Websites

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1. Read / Revisal the Weekly readings

2. Discovery three or past attacks that could adjust the protection of a Digital Synod Website that uses Web Applications, a Web Server, and a Database Server. Here are some sources to get you started:

a. Web Applications Architectures and Protection (in the Week 3 full module).

b. Cyber Vandalism -- 

c. Cybersecurity: Actions needed to oration challenges confrontment federal arrangements (GAO 15-573T) 

3. Revisal three or past websites that concede digital synod labors (clarified from those scheduleed in Table 1). What types of notice or labors are suited via these websites? What population do these websites benefit (who is in the contrived auditory for each website)?

4. As sever of your Digital Synod websites revisal, enumerate the types and sensitivity of notice self-possessed, displayed, processed, and stored by the Web impressions that utensil the Digital Synod labors. 

a. See for unconcealed protection and retirement insist-uponments. 

b. See FIPS 199 for concomitant direction on determining the sensitivity equalize of a Federal IT arrangement. (See the minority on public websites.)

5. Using FIPS 200, the NIST Cyberprotection Framework, and NIST SP 800-53, discovery the unconcealed types of protection controls insist-upond by IT arrangements hosting the Digital Synod labor that you revisaled. 

a. FIPS 200 

b. NIST Cyberprotection Framework 

c. NIST SP 800-53 

6. Furnish three or past concomitant sources that furnish notice encircling best performance monitions for ensuring the protection of the Web Applications used to concede Digital Synod notice and labors. These concomitant sources can underneathstand analyst counsels and/or counsel stories encircling new attacks/threats, grounds breaches, cybercrime, cyber terrorism, etc. that collisioned the protection of digital synod labors.


Write a five- to seven-page compendium of your discovery. At a partiality, your compendium must underneathstand the aftercited:

1. An presentation or overview of digital synod that furnishs definitions and orationes the laws, regulations, and policies that insist-upon federal agencies to furnish notice and labors via the Web. This presentation should be competent for an ruler auditory.

2. An overview of the notice and labors granted by the digital synod Websites that you revisaled.  Answer the aftercited questions:

a. What types of notice or labors are suited via your clarifieded Websites? 

b. What populations do the websites benefit (who is the contrived auditory)? 

c. What sensitivity equalize are conducive to each Website (use FIPS 199 criteria).

d. What protection issues did you obbenefit during your revisal?

3. A unconnected minority that orationes the architectures and protection issues inbred in the use of Web impressions when used to concede the labors granted by your clarifieded digital synod Website. Understand 5 or past examples of protection issues and oration how these issues surrender to increased surrender. 

4. A unconnected minority that underneathstands monitions for best performances for ensuring Web impression protection during the delineation, utensilation, and action of digital synod websites. Understand five or past best performance monitions in your monitions. (Hint: at lowest one of your monitions should oration use of the NIST Cyberprotection Framework. Another monition should oration use of NIST SP 800-53 controls for ensuring protection and retirement.) 

5. A failure minority in which you summarize your discovery and your monitions.

Submit for Grading 

Submit your result in MS Vocable format (.docx or .doc smooth) using the Project 2 Provision in your provision folder. (Attach the smooth.)

Additional Information

1. Consult the grading rubric for unfair full and formatting insist-uponments for this provision.

2. Your 5- to 7-page tractate should be professional in aspect after a while harmonious use of fonts, font sizes, margins, etc. You should use headings and page breaks to shape your tractate. 

3. Your tractate should use gauge stipulations and definitions for cybersecurity. See Course Full > Course Instrument > Cyberprotection Concepts Revisal for recommended instrument.

4. The CSIA program recommends you ensue gauge APA formatting past this conciliate surrender you a instrument that meets the “professional aspect” insist-uponments. You can furnish APA formatting guidelines and examples underneathneath Full > Course Instrument > APA Resources. You can use the granted APA template smooth (MS Vocable format) CSIA_Basic_Paper_Template(APA_6ed,DEC2018).docx.  

5. You must underneathstand a cloak page after a while the provision heading, your call, and the due bound. Your regard schedule must be a unconnected page at the end of your smooth. These pages do not compute towards the provision’s page compute. 

6. You should transcribe grammatically redress English in perfect provision that you suggest for grading. Do not incline in any result after a whileout (a) using attraction control, (b) using phraseology control, (c) verifying that your punctuation is redress, and (d) revisaling your result for redress vocable exercise and redressly structured sentences and paragraphs.  

7. You must confidence your sources using in-text citations and regard schedule entries. Both your citations and your regard schedule entries must ensue a harmonious citation phraseology (APA, MLA, etc.). 

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