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Case Study 2:
Public Key Infrastructur

Suppose you are
the Information Security Director at a small software company. The organization
currently utilizes a Microsoft Server 2012 Active Directory domain administered
by your information security team. Mostly software developers and a relatively
small number of administrative personnel comprise the remainder of the
organization. You have convinced business unit leaders that it would be in the
best interest of the company to use a public key infrastructure (PKI) in order
to provide a framework that fosters confidentiality, integrity, authentication,
and nonrepudiation. Email clients, virtual private network (VPN) products, Web
server components, and domain controllers would utilize digital certificates issued
by the certificate authority (CA). Additionally, the company would use digital
certificates to sign software developed by the company in order to demonstrate
software authenticity to the customer.

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

  1. Analyze the fundamentals of PKI, and
    determine the primary ways in which its features and functions could
    benefit your organization and its information security department.
  2. Propose one (1) way in which the PKI could
    assist in the process of signing the company’s software, and explain the
    main reason why a customer could then believe that software to be
  3. Compare and contrast public and in-house
    CAs. Include the positive and negative characteristics of each type of
    certificate authority, and provide a sound recommendation of and a
    justification for which you would consider implementing within your
    organization. Explain your rationale.
  4. Use at least three (3) quality resources in
    this assignment (no more than 2-3 years old) from material outside the textbook.
    Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources.

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 instructions.
  • 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 length.

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