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TASK
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Read the DR Alarms case study in the Resources section of Interact 2 before attempting this assignment.
You are an ICT Cloud consultant and you have been working with DR Alarms to advise them on how to improve their data centre and move into the Cloud. The Managing Director (MD) has finally agreed that that this is probably the best approach for his company. But he is quite concerned that the company will lose control of their resources as they move more of the company's data and services into the cloud. The company is in the process of gearing up for a major order for their new IoT devices and have realised that their ICT system is not up to the task of supporting this new product line, and the level of sales and interest that it is generating.
DR Alarms is considering the following strategic proposal:
• They plan to initially move all their Web Services into the Cloud in order to provide an increased level of HA (High Availability) as well as a better degree of flexibility in supplying data to their customers and employees.
o Their web services are running on the current Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers using Apache Tomcat
• They also plan to migrate their IoT design applications to the cloud in order to increase the application's flexibility and availability. The IoT design application suite will require:
o a number of IaaS instances running Windows Server 2019
o a number of PaaS instances for Microsoft SharePoint 2019 Enterprise
• The MD is particularly concerned about data sovereignty, especially for the IoT designs and the Intellectual Property (IP) that DR Alarms has in these designs. The MD wants to keep these data sets only in Australia and to ensure that they are securely protected.
DR Alarms is contemplating this strategy as a way to increase the company’s flexibility and responsiveness. DR Alarms expects to achieve significant savings by migrating to a Cloud based ICT infrastructure. They appreciate that this would entail retraining for:
• Their existing ICT staff so that they can manage the new Cloud based infrastructure,
• Their existing general and design staff so that they can start to work using a more secure environment.
Tasks:
Your task is to prepare a report for DR Alarms that discusses the following:
1. Describe the Cloud architectures you would employ to assist DR Alarms to move their existing web services to the Cloud?
a. Describe the architecture(s) that you would use to deploy their web services, along with your reasons for deploying this architecture. (10 marks)
b. Include a labeled diagram to show how your architecture would be deployed. (5 marks)
c. Describe the benefits, critical points and issues that would be the likely result of the deployment of this architecture(s). (10 marks)
2. Describe the major Information Security risks that you see associated with this new Cloud strategy. You should name and describe each risk that you identify, estimate its likelihood and impact and then describe a possible control for the risk. This should be presented in a tabular form. (25 marks)
3. Describe the general Information Security steps and controls that you would recommend to DR Alarms. You will need to explain your reasons for recommending these particular security steps.
a. What are the specific controls and steps you would recommend to protect the IoT design suite. (15 marks)
b. What are the specific controls and steps you would recommend to achieve data sovereignty for the IoT data and IP. (10 marks)
4. Discuss briefly what you would recommend should be included in DR Alarms' BCP as a result of their adoption of a Cloud approach. You will need to consider, as a minimum, the issues of application resilience, backup and disaster recovery in a Cloud environment. (25 marks)
You are to provide a written report with the following headings:
• Proposed Web Architecture for the Cloud
• Threat and Risk Assessment report for services and data in the Cloud
• Proposed Information Security controls for the Cloud
• Proposed BCP for Cloud services
Your report should have a word count of 5000 words ± 10%. Your report should provide references in APA 7th ed. format.
RATIONALE
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SUBJECT LEARNING OUTCOMES
This assessment task will assess the following learning outcome/s:
• be able to compare and evaluate the ability of different cloud computing architectures to meet a set of given business requirements.
• be able to evaluate a set of business requirements to determine suitability for a cloud computing delivery model.
• be able to identify and design an ICT Risk Management strategy for a cloud computing delivery plan to meet business requirements.
• be able to critically analyse business requirements to plan a migration to a cloud model.
• be able to compare and critique Service Level Agreements (SLA) that meet the business requirements for a cloud computing plan
GRADUATE LEARNING OUTCOMES
This task also contributes to the assessment of the following CSU Graduate Learning Outcome/s:
• Information and Research Literacies (Knowledge) - CSU Graduates demonstrate that disciplinary knowledge is developed through research and evidence.
• Information and Research Literacies (Skill) - CSU Graduates demonstrate the skills required to locate, access and critically evaluate existing information and data.
• Digital Literacies (Knowledge) - CSU Graduates understand professional, social and cultural implications of the global use of technology.
• Digital Literacies (Skill) - CSU Graduates use, create, communicate and share multimodal information in digital environments.
• Professional Practice (Knowledge) - CSU Graduates possess the knowledge and understanding of the discipline and the nature of professionalism required for the given profession or discipline in contemporary societies.
• Professional Practice (Skill) - CSU Graduates demonstrate discipline-specific technical capabilities and self-appraisal required for a beginning practitioner or professional.
PRESENTATION
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You are to provide a written report with the following headings:
• Proposed Web Architecture for the Cloud
• Threat and Risk Assessment report for services and data in the Cloud
• Proposed Information Security controls for the Cloud
• Proposed BCP for Cloud services
Your report should have a word count of 5000 words ± 10%. Your report should provide references in APA 7th ed. format.
Your report MUST be presented in either MS Word or PDF format. Your report should:
• Use Calibri, or a similar font, in 11 or 12 point type.
• All diagrams and images are to be embedded in the document. Diagrams and images that are supplied separately will not be marked.
• All text should be left-justified.
• Each page must have a header or footer with your name and student number. Page numbers must be shown in the footer of each page, except on the title page.
• Answers to the questions must be in your own words and should be precise but complete and informative. No marks will be awarded for any answer containing more than 10% direct quotes (referenced or unreferenced).
• APA reference style must be used throughout the document with the bibliography at the end of the document. In-text citations should also follow APA7 style. APA referencing guide can be accessed via the following link. This also forms a part of the marking rubric. http://student.csu.edu.au/study/referencing-at-csu
Reports that do not meet this presentation criteria will not be marked.