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BSS 482 Discussion Questions (5 DQs) Recent

BSS 482 Discussion Questions (5 DQs) Recent

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1. What do the terms protection, mitigation, and recovery refer to? What types of actions constitute as protection, mitigation, and recovery? What are some examples of current events in which the local, state, or federal governments have implemented such actions? (Minimum of 125 words)
2. Select two types of infrastructure assets, such as a large dam and a major rail station. How do the asset protection techniques differ, and how are they similar? Remember to consider physical, cyber, and human risk considerations.(Minimum of 125 words)
3. Cloud computing is becoming more popular. What is cloud computing? Why might malicious actors be interested in attacking clouds? What security measures can be implemented to protect private information? Do you feel that cloud computing is secure in its current state? Explain your response. (Minimum of 125 words)
4. Please go to this site and watch the video. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/in-the-dark-over-power-grid-security/
What can be done to prevent this scenario? What can be done to mitigate and recover from this type of attack? What effects would we feel as a result of this type of attack? (Minimum of 100 words)
5. Watch the video and read the story.http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/03/24/power-grid-physical-and-cyber-attacks-concern-security-experts/24892471/ What type of attacks on our power grid does the video describe? Why are these dangerous? Why are the consequences decreasing in severity? (Minimum of 100 words)

BSS 482 Discussion Questions Recent

BSS 482 Discussion Questions Recent

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How can access to cyber systems create an economic gain if not detected? How does this situation differ from disrupting a critical infrastructure system? What are some other motives malicious actors may have for accessing or disrupting a critical infrastructure system? (Minimum of 250 words)

Why are humans considered a critical infrastructure asset? What security practices must be done to protect them from being exploited? (Minimum of 250 words)

What are three potential motives terrorists or other malicious actors have for exploiting humans and property assets? What are some security measures in place to protect these assets? How do the motives of individual malicious actors differ from those of malicious groups? Explain your response. (Minimum of 250 words)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/strengthening-the-nations-defense-against-hackers/ (Please watch the video and tell us what you think the status of our cyber security? (Minimum of 150 words)

http://www.overtaction.org/2015/11/which-damaged-national-security-more-the-opm-data-breach-or-edward-snowden/ (Read the article and answer the question,(Which was worse – the OPM hack or Edward Snowden?) with your analysis. (Minimum of 150 words)

BSS 482 DQ threats to infrastructure assets Recent

BSS 482 DQ threats to infrastructure assets Recent

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What types of threats do humans pose to infrastructure assets? How have threats from malicious actors evolved with technology advancements? What physical techniques and cybertechniques do terrorists and malicious actors use? Provide examples. (Minimum of 200 words)

BSS 482 Literature Review and Mitigating Risks Annotated Bibliography Recent

BSS 482 Literature Review and Mitigating Risks Annotated Bibliography Recent

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Conduct a literature review on security practices related to human and property assets. Review two articles from the reputable source and create separately (Minimum of 85 words each)
Also create a table to accompany the annotated bibliography that describes the pros and cons of each security practice.

BSS 482 Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Recent

BSS 482 Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Recent

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What is Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)? What are the potential risks to SCADA by malicious actors? How might organizations protect their control systems from a compromise or an attack that affects critical infrastructure?

BSS 482 U.S. border entry points Recent

BSS 482 U.S. border entry points Recent

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The following U.S. border entry points:

·         New York via commercial airplane

·         Detroit via commercial transport truck highway

·         Vancouver to Seattle via intercity passenger train

Compare the security practices used for the three modes of transportation.

Create a table that includes the following information:

·         Explain existing border threats and the challenges that border security personnel have when securing these borders.

Format your assignment consistent with APA guidelines by including a reference page with three to five sources.

(Minimum 200 words)

BSS 482 Week 2 Infrastructure Asset Protection Recent

BSS 482 Week 2 Infrastructure Asset Protection Recent

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Infrastructure Asset Protection

·         Explain Briefly describe how computers and humans can pose risks to infrastructure assets.

·         Identify two physical techniques and two cybertechniques used to attack communications infrastructure.

·         Explain the implications of the risks and techniques on critical infrastructure sectors.

·         Describe how humans and computers can protect against the risks and techniques.

(Minimum of 550 words)

With proper citation and reference.

BSS 482 Week 3 Attacks and Counterstrategy Recent

BSS 482 Week 3 Attacks and Counterstrategy Recent

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Part I: Role of the Malicious Actor

Your supervisor asks you to write a report in which you imagine that you are a malicious actor interested in exploiting or harming U.S. critical infrastructure.

Identify two critical infrastructure sectors you will attack, your motives for attacking and exploiting the sectors, the sectors’ potential vulnerabilities, and the approaches you will take to exploit the vulnerabilities in the following table.

Part 2: Counterstrategy

Now that you have proactively analyzed potential attacks to the critical infrastructure, your supervisor asks you to consider counterstrategies to fight the attacks you planned as a malicious actor.

Write a 350- to 700-word briefing about the counterstrategies to protect the property and human assets from the attacks you planned as a malicious actor.

BSS 482 Week 4 Critical Infrastructure and National Planning Recent

BSS 482 Week 4 Critical Infrastructure and National Planning Recent

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Select a recent annual plenary meeting report of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC). http://www.dhs.gov/critical-infrastructure-partnership-advisory-council
Write a 700- to 1050-word paper based on the selected CIPAC annual plenary meeting report. 

Include the following in your paper:
• Describe one of the national planning approaches covered in the annual report. Explain how prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery were integrated into the approach.
• Describe the presence of the public or private sector in the annual public meeting.
• Select three sectors and compare the successes and asset protection techniques reported in the meeting.
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

BSS 482 Week 5 Border and Transportation Security Recent

BSS 482 Week 5 Border and Transportation Security Recent

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Write a 1,450- to 2,100-word research paper on border and transportation security systems. 

Include the following in your paper:

An analysis of the strengths and weaknesses in border and transportation security. Include both physical systems and cybersystems in your analysis.

An explanation of the best practices for improving border and transportation security systems. Include practices for both physical systems and cybersystems.

Provide examples and references to support your research.

Format your research paper consistent with APA guidelines