Case Study 2: Public Key Infrastructure

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Question Description

You are the Information Security Officer at a small software company. The
organization currently utilizes a Microsoft Server 2008 Active Directory domain
administered by a limited number of over-tasked network administrators. The
remainder of the organization comprises mostly software developers and a
relatively small number of administrative personnel. The organization has
decided that it would be in its best interest to use a public key infrastructure
(PKI) to provide a framework that fosters confidentiality, integrity,
authentication, and nonrepudiation. Email clients, virtual private network
products, Web server components, and domain controllers would utilize digital
certificates issued by the certificate authority (CA). Additionally, digital
certificates would be used to sign software developed by the company to
demonstrate software authenticity to the customer. 

Write a two to three
(2-3) page paper in which you:

  1. Identify and analyze the fundamentals of PKI.

  2. Analyze positive and negative characteristics of a Public and In-house

  3. Provide a sound recommendation for either a Public CA or an In-house

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

  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s
    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

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this
assignment are:

  • Explain how businesses apply cryptography in maintaining information

  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in information
    systems security.

  • Write clearly and concisely about network security topics using proper
    writing mechanics and technical style conventions. 

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