ASSESSMENT 2 BRIEF
Subject Code and Title MIS603 – Microservices Architecture
Assessment Privacy and Security Report
Length 1500 words (+/- 10%)
Learning Outcomes The Subject Learning Outcomes demonstrated by successful completion of the task below include:
d) Analyse and evaluate moral and ethical considerations in specific security and privacy issues while transitioning to new technologies.
Submission Due by 11:55pm AEST Sunday end of Module 6.1 (Week 11)
Intensive class: Due by 11:55pm AEST Sunday end of Module 6.1 (Week 6)
Total Marks 100 marks
You are required to research and write a report focused on the specific challenges and issues that arise owing to the use of microservices architecture as a software development philosophy. The report length is 1500 words (+/- 10%). You are also required to identify and include risk mitigation strategies that can be applied to minimise privacy and security risk in microservices-architected environments.
Microservices architecture signals a shift from monolithic software applications architecture to different microservices architected to address different functions. Not only is there a shift in how distribution of services impacts on managing security but hosting of services on cloud platforms not owned by the organisation, and the use of communication channels between services adds complexity to managing security.
Equally, additional complexity is provided through the rapid and incremental software development principles associated with Agile and DevOps methods. The organisation as an enterprise has several moral, ethical, and legal obligations regarding privacy and the security of information.
The purpose of this report is to engage you in building knowledge about privacy and security issues with a specific focus on how these manifest in a microservices-architected environment. You are also required to identify and discuss mitigations available to better manage privacy and security risk for the organisation in relation to microservices architecture. Irrespective of your future role, many organisations make it clear that privacy and security is every employee’s concern.
1. Write a 1500-word report focused on the specific challenges and issues that arise owing to the use of microservices architecture as a software development philosophy. Identify and include risk mitigation strategies that can be applied to minimise privacy and security risk in microservices-architected environments.
2. Whilst this is not a continuation of the case covered in Assignment 1 Part B, you might have developed insights when completing the Assessment 1 Part B Case Study that can enrich this assessment. Please review your notes to ensure that you have identified any context-based insights from Assessment 1 Part B Case Study that can inform this assessment. Re-read any relevant readings and conduct additional research in the area of investigation and select five additional sources that will add value to your report in the relevant area of investigation.
3. Plan how you will structure your ideas for your report and write a report plan before you start writing.
4. The report should consist of the following structure:
A title page with the subject code and name, assignment title, student’s name, student number, and lecturer’s name.
The introduction (200–250 words) that will also serve as your statement of purpose for the report—this means that you will tell the reader what you are going to cover in your report.
You will need to inform the reader of:
a. Your area of research and its context
b. The key concepts you will be addressing
c. What the reader can expect to find in the body of the report
The body of the report (1000–1100 words) will need to respond to the following:
a. The specific issues and challenges that arise owing to the use of microservices architecture for software development as opposed to those that arise in serviceoriented architecture or monolithic application architecture
b. Potential privacy issues that may arise owing to these security issues/challenges
c. The reason for these issues/challenges and potential mitigations to manage the risk for both privacy and security
The conclusion (200–250 words) will summarise any findings or recommendations that the report puts forward regarding the concepts covered in the report.
5. Format of the report
The report should use font Arial or Calibri 11 point, be line spaced at 1.5 for ease of reading, and have page numbers on the bottom of each page. If diagrams or tables are used, due attention should be given to pagination to avoid loss of meaning and continuity by unnecessarily splitting information over two pages. Diagrams must carry the appropriate captioning.
There are requirements for referencing this report using APA referencing style and it is expected that you reference any lecture notes used and five additional sources in the relevant subject area based on readings and further research.
It is essential that you use the appropriate APA style for citing and referencing research.
Please see more information on referencing here:
7. You are strongly advised to read the rubric, which is an evaluation guide with criteria for grading your assignment—this will give you a clear picture of what a successful report looks like.
Submit Assessment 2 via the Assessment link in the main navigation menu in MIS603 Microservices Architecture. The Learning Facilitator will provide feedback via the Grade Centre in the LMS portal. Feedback can be viewed in My Grades.
Academic Integrity Declaration
I declare that, except where I have referenced, the work I am submitting for this assessment task is my own work. I have read and am aware of the Torrens University Australia Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure viewable online at http://www.torrens.edu.au/policies-and-forms
I am aware that I need to keep a copy of all submitted material and their drafts, and I will do so accordingly.
Assessment Attributes Fail
(Yet to achieve minimum standard) 0–49% Pass
(Functional) 50–64% Credit
75–84% High Distinction
Visual appeal and
presentation of content
Title page included. Adheres to the font, spacing, format, and
word count requirement.
Appropriate use of paragraphs, sentence construction, spelling, and grammar.
No title page. Incorrect font and size with poor line spacing and large gaps in pagination, tables, or diagrams.
Report is written as a block of text with no breaks in between ideas. Separate ideas cannot be clearly discerned.
Many errors in spelling or grammar. Does not adhere to the word count requirement. Title page is included. Missing most information. Incorrect font and size is used or poor line spacing and large gaps in pagination.
Paragraphs are used but large blocks of text with long sentences make it difficult to understand the ideas being conveyed.
Spelling or grammar has errors but meaning remains clear. Does not adhere to the word count requirement. Title page is included but is missing key information. Some errors in font use and line spacing. Some pagination problems.
One idea or concept per paragraph. Some paragraphs could be more succinctly written.
Minor spelling or grammar errors. Adheres to the word count requirement. Title page is included with most required information. Minor errors in font, spacing, and format.
One idea or concept per paragraph with 3–4 wellconstructed sentences per paragraph.
No errors in spelling or grammar. Adheres to the word count requirement. Title page is included with all required information. Font, spacing, and format are in accordance with the requirements of the assignment brief.
Expert use of paragraphs with 3–4 well-constructed sentences per paragraph that follow logically from each other.
No errors in spelling or grammar. Adheres to the word count requirement.
Knowledge and understanding
Understanding of the key concepts of computer-based business information systems including elements of systems and processes, and how systems aid competitive advantage. Lack of understanding of the required concepts and knowledge. Key components of the assignment are not addressed.
Lack of application, and analysis of information to provide clear recommendations.
Limited understanding of required concepts and knowledge. Some of the key components of the assignment are not addressed.
Limited application and analysis to provide clear recommendations.
Adequate knowledge or understanding of the required concepts. A reasonable capacity to explain and apply relevant key concepts.
Supports opinion and information substantiated by evidence from research to provide recommendations. Thorough understanding of the key concepts.
Discriminates between assertion of opinion and information substantiated by robust evidence from the research/course materials and extended reading.
Highly developed understanding of the field or discipline/s.
Systematically and critically discriminates between assertion of opinion and information substantiated by robust evidence from the research/course
Application of information to provide clear demonstration of understanding of concepts to the circumstances outlined in the case study.
Well-demonstrated capacity to apply and analyse relevant information to provide clear recommendations.
materials and extended reading.
clearly justified based on the application and analysis of information.
Use of academic and
Formal tone. No use of first party perspective.
Meets the assignment brief regarding introduction, body, and conclusion.
Appropriate use of credible resources.
Correct citation of key resources using APA style of referencing.
Does not adhere to the assignment brief of the requirements for a short business report. Poorly written with informal tone, using first person pronouns (I, my, we, me, us).
No introduction attempted. Conclusion not attempted.
Demonstrates inconsistent and inadequate use of goodquality, credible, and relevant resources to support and develop ideas.
No use of in-text references, or no reference list at the close of the report. There are Written according to academic genre as per the assignment brief. Minor errors in the use of firstperson pronouns (I, my, we, me, us).
Introduction attempted but very generic, and does not clearly state the purpose of the report and what the reader should expect to find in the body of the report.
Conclusion attempted but does not include summation of key concepts discussed in the report and/or key conclusions or recommendations.
Demonstrates consistent use of credible and relevant research sources to support and develop ideas, but these Written according to academic genre as per the assignment brief.
Sound use of the introduction but does not clearly state either the purpose of the report or what the reader should expect to find in the body of the report.
Sound use of the conclusion and succeeds in either the summation of key concepts
discussed, or key conclusions or recommendations, but not both.
Demonstrates consistent use of credible and relevant research sources to support and develop ideas.
Well-written and adheres to the academic genre as per the assignment brief.
Good use of the introduction, which clearly states the purpose of the report and what the reader should expect to find in the body of the report.
Good use of the conclusion and succeeds in summation of key concepts discussed and key conclusions or recommendations.
Consistently demonstrates expert use of good quality, credible and relevant research sources to support and develop appropriate arguments and statements. Shows evidence of reading beyond the key reading. Expertly written and adheres to the academic genre as per the assignment brief.
Excellent use of the introduction, which secures the attention of the reader, clearly states the purpose of the report and what the reader should expect to find in the body of the report.
Excellent use of the conclusion, which succeeds in confident summation of key concepts and conclusions and gives the reader a clear sense of next steps required.
Demonstrates expert use of high-quality credible and relevant research sources
many mistakes in using the APA style. are not always explicit or well developed.
Little use of in-text referencing, or inadequate references consulted and added to references at the close of the report. There are some mistakes in using APA style. Good use of in-text referencing and appropriate number of references used and listed in the reference list. There are only minor errors in using the APA style.
Very good use of in-text referencing. All in-text references match with references listed in the reference list. There are no mistakes in using the APA style.
to support and develop arguments and position statements. Shows extensive evidence of reading beyond the key reading.
Excellent and meticulous use of in-text referencing with all in-text references matching with references listed in the reference list. There are no mistakes in using the APA style.