Attack Methodology and Countermeasures

Oct 27th, 2015
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Price: $30 USD

Question description

Assignment 1: Attack Methodology and CountermeasuresDue Week 4 and worth 80 points

Imagine that a local company has hired you as a penetration tester to perform necessary testing. The company has asked you to report back to the Board of Directors on your findings. You have free reign to use whatever tools that are at your disposal. Note: You are not performing an actual penetration test or creating a penetration test report for this assignment.

Write a two to four (2-4) page paper in which you:

  1. Analyze both the scanning methodology that you could use and the countermeasures that a company or organization could use in order to thwart such scanning attempts.
  2. Analyze the key tools available for scanning a network. Recommend one (1) scanning tool for a hacker and one (1) scanning tool for a security administrator that you believe provide the greatest protection for a network. Indicate which of the chosen tools is most beneficial to you as the penetration tester. Provide a rationale for your response.
  3. Assess the overall importance of the five (5) major phases of an attack. Select the phase(s) that you believe to be the most important for a security administrator to protect against. Provide a rationale for your selection.
  4. Suggest the key countermeasures that a security administrator could take in order to protect a company’s assets from Trojans, viruses, and worms, and impede further damage of an attack. Provide a rationale for your response.
  5. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources. 

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, your name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Discuss the concepts of ethical hacking, different types of hacking, and penetration testing techniques.
  • Describe footprinting and passive information and competitive intelligence gathering. 
  • Explain the different types of scanning and scanning methodology. 
  • Describe enumeration and different techniques used for enumeration. 
  • Examine the functions and impact of malicious programs and their countermeasures.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in ethical hacking.
  • Write clearly and concisely about topics related to Perimeter Defense Techniques using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.

Criteria

Unacceptable

Below 60% F

Meets Minimum Expectations

60-69% D

Fair

70-79% C

Proficient

80-89% B

Exemplary

90-100% A

1. Analyze both the scanning methodology that you could use and the countermeasures that a company or organization could use in order to thwart such scanning attempts.

Weight: 25%

Did not submit or incompletely analyzed both the scanning methodology that you could use and the countermeasures that a company or organization could use in order to thwart such scanning attempts.

Insufficiently analyzed both the scanning methodology that you could use and the countermeasures that a company or organization could use in order to thwart such scanning attempts.

Partially analyzed both the scanning methodology that you could use and the countermeasures that a company or organization could use in order to thwart such scanning attempts.

Satisfactorily analyzed both the scanning methodology that you could use and the countermeasures that a company or organization could use in order to thwart such scanning attempts.

Thoroughly analyzed both the scanning methodology that you could use and the countermeasures that a company or organization could use in order to thwart such scanning attempts.

2. Analyze the key tools available for scanning a network. Recommend one (1) scanning tool for a hacker and one (1) scanning tool for a security administrator that you believe provide the greatest protection for a network. Indicate which of the chosen tools is most beneficial to you as the penetration tester. Provide a rationale for your response.
Weight: 20%

Did not submit or incompletely analyzed the key tools available for scanning a network. Did not submit or incompletely recommended one (1) scanning tool for a hacker and one (1) scanning tool for a security administrator that you believe provide the greatest protection for a network. Did not submit or incompletely indicated which of the chosen tools is most beneficial to you as the penetration tester. Did not submit or incompletely provided a rationale for your response.

Insufficiently analyzed the key tools available for scanning a network. Insufficiently recommended one (1) scanning tool for a hacker and one (1) scanning tool for a security administrator that you believe provide the greatest protection for a network. Insufficiently indicated which of the chosen tools is most beneficial to you as the penetration tester. Insufficiently provided a rationale for your response.

Partially analyzed the key tools available for scanning a network. Partially recommended one (1) scanning tool for a hacker and one (1) scanning tool for a security administrator that you believe provide the greatest protection for a network. Partially indicated which of the chosen tools is most beneficial to you as the penetration tester. Partially provided a rationale for your response.

Satisfactorily analyzed the key tools available for scanning a network. Satisfactorily recommended one (1) scanning tool for a hacker and one (1) scanning tool for a security administrator that you believe provide the greatest protection for a network. Satisfactorily indicated which of the chosen tools is most beneficial to you as the penetration tester. Satisfactorily provided a rationale for your response.

Thoroughly analyzed the key tools available for scanning a network. Thoroughly recommended one (1) scanning tool for a hacker and one (1) scanning tool for a security administrator that you believe provide the greatest protection for a network. Thoroughly indicated which of the chosen tools is most beneficial to you as the penetration tester. Thoroughly provided a rationale for your response.

3. Assess the overall importance of the five (5) major phases of an attack. Select the phase(s) that you believe to be the most important for a security administrator to protect against. Provide a rationale for your selection.

Weight: 20%

Did not submit or incompletely assessed the overall importance of the five (5) major phases of an attack. Did not submit or incompletely selected the phase(s) that you believe to be the most important for a security administrator to protect against. Did not submit or incompletely provided a rationale for your selection.

Insufficiently assessed the overall importance of the five (5) major phases of an attack. Insufficiently selected the phase(s) that you believe to be the most important for a security administrator to protect against. Insufficiently provided a rationale for your selection.

Partially assessed the overall importance of the five (5) major phases of an attack. Partially selected the phase(s) that you believe to be the most important for a security administrator to protect against. Partially provided a rationale for your selection.

Satisfactorily assessed the overall importance of the five (5) major phases of an attack. Satisfactorily selected the phase(s) that you believe to be the most important for a security administrator to protect against. Satisfactorily provided a rationale for your selection.

Thoroughly assessed the overall importance of the five (5) major phases of an attack. Thoroughly selected the phase(s) that you believe to be the most important for a security administrator to protect against. Thoroughly provided a rationale for your selection.

4. Suggest the key countermeasures that a security administrator could take in order to protect a company’s assets from Trojans, viruses, and worms, and impede further damage of an attack. Provide a rationale for your response.

Weight: 20%

Did not submit or incompletely suggested the key countermeasures that a security administrator could take in order to protect a company’s assets from Trojans, viruses, and worms, and impede further damage of an attack. Did not submit or incompletely provided a rationale for your response.

Insufficiently suggested the key countermeasures that a security administrator could take in order to protect a company’s assets from Trojans, viruses, and worms, and impede further damage of an attack. Insufficiently provided a rationale for your response.

Partially suggested the key countermeasures that a security administrator could take in order to protect a company’s assets from Trojans, viruses, and worms, and impede further damage of an attack. Partially provided a rationale for your response.

Satisfactorily suggested the key countermeasures that a security administrator could take in order to protect a company’s assets from Trojans, viruses, and worms, and impede further damage of an attack. Satisfactorily provided a rationale for your response.

Thoroughly suggested the key countermeasures that a security administrator could take in order to protect a company’s assets from Trojans, viruses, and worms, and impede further damage of an attack. Thoroughly provided a rationale for your response.

5. 3 references

Weight: 5%

No references provided

Does not meet the required number of references; all references poor quality choices.

Does not meet the required number of references; some references poor quality choices.

Meets number of required references; all references high quality choices.

Exceeds number of required references; all references high quality choices.

6. Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements

Weight: 10%

More than 8 errors present

7-8 errors present

5-6 errors present

3-4 errors present

0-2 errors present


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