You have been recently hired as a network security analyst for a small accounting firm. The firm realizes
that it needs help to secure its network and customers' data. With your background and skills, the firm is
looking to you to provide guidance. In addition to helping the firm secure its network, the firm requires
that you obtain your CompTIA Security+ certification within 60 days of being hired.
In addition to the owner, who serves as the overall business manager, there are about 20 people on
➢ 10 accountants
➢ 3 administrative support specialists
➢ 1 vice president
➢ 1 financial manager
➢ 2 interns
There is also one IT support technician on staff, who has basic computer hardware and networking
knowledge. He has requested that the firm create a website, hosted internally, so that new customers
can get information about the firm. This will be important to remember as you complete your final
The firm has a simple network. There are 20 computers and two multipurpose printers. All computers
and printers are connected wirelessly to a NETGEAR MR814 device. This router is connected to a
Motorola SB3100 cable modem. Staff email accounts are set up through the company’s Internet
provider. Employees use a combination of Microsoft Outlook and standard web browsers to access their
e-mail. The owner uses his personal iPad during work hours to check and respond to email messages.
Prior to your hiring, the firm hired a network cabling contractor to run Cat 6 cables from the central
wiring closet to all offices and cubicles. The firm wants to move away from using wireless as the primary
network connection, but wants to keep wireless access for customers coming to the building. The
technician who did the wiring mentioned to your supervisor that he should look into setting up a
Windows Server domain to manage user access, instead of the current peer-to-peer network. He also
recommended that the firm invest in a managed switch and a firewall, and look into having some
backups. The internal IT support technician agreed with these recommendations but needs your help to
You’ve been asked to assess the current vulnerabilities and provide a recommendation to the firm’s
owner on how to better secure the network infrastructure. Now that you are aware of the firm’s history,
your assessment and recommendation should provide specifics about the network security settings that
must be implemented and the equipment that must be procured, installed, and configured. The firm’s
owner has a basic understanding of computing, so it is important that you explain the technical issues in
In this learning demonstration, you will use TestOut Security Pro to help you understand how to identify
and assess network infrastructure and pass the CompTIA Security+ certification. In order to identify your
strengths and weaknesses, you will first complete the practice exam that will prepare you for the
certification. The learning materials within LabSim will help you understand the types of vulnerabilities
within a network and how to address them. As you step through each set of activities, you will submit a
Vulnerabilities Assessment and Recommendation Document in three parts. Use the results of the
certification practice exam you took at the beginning of the class to help guide you on which areas
within LabSim you should pay closer attention. You must complete all online labs in LabSim; these are
the activities with the computer mouse icon. Some of the other areas in LabSim are optional. You can
complete any or all of those if you feel you need to learn more about the topics.
There are nine steps in this project that lead you through each deliverable. Begin with Step 1, obtaining
access to TestOut Security Pro and enrolling in LabSim, and then continue with Step 2, taking the
Vulnerabilities Assessment and Recommendation Document (Parts 1-3)
You will provide a detailed vulnerabilities assessment document, along with some specific
recommendations to implement to address the vulnerabilities you have described. This document
should be based on the scenario provided. Use LabSim as a guide in your analysis and recommendations.
Your proposal will be submitted in three major parts:
2.Network System Security Recommendations
3.Application/End-User Security Recommendations
It should be written using the IEEE citation style. To learn how you will be assessed on this assignment,
please take a moment to review the rubric.
Use this template as a guide while creating your Vulnerabilities Assessment and Recommendation
Document (Parts 1-3).
This section should include areas where network security could pose security problems. Explain why
these vulnerabilities could be exploited and what the implications are if they are not addressed. In this
section, you do not need to provide specific recommendations on how to mitigate these issues.
Network System Security Recommendations
This section should include specific recommendations based on the vulnerabilities identified in the
previous section. These would include procuring new equipment or systems, and you should explain
why these systems or equipment are needed. Cognizant that the firm only has a NETGEAR wireless
router, you should determine what else is needed. The firm has Cat 6 cable running from each work area
to the central wiring closet. But those cables are just hanging from the ceiling now. The technician has
recommended implementing a managed switch, a firewall, and a Windows domain, as well as setting up
some backups (note: this could mean many things). Research appropriate equipment and provide
guidance on the setup as appropriate for the business.
Include any configuration information for the equipment. For example, if you are getting a firewall, what
setting(s) from a firewall should be in place for this firm?
Application/End-User Security Recommendations
This should include end-user specific recommendations such as the need for a specific application on the
end-user’s computer or a specific training or best practice that the user must employ. Again, explain why
these are necessary and provide the specific configuration information as needed.
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