Executive Proposal Project

Executive Proposal Project

The purpose of this project is to evaluate the student’s
ability to research and evaluate security testing software and
present a proposal for review by executive team members. By completing the
document the student will also gain practical knowledge of the
security evaluation documentation and proposal writing
process. The
project will enable the student to identify and understand the
required standards in practice, as well as the details that
should be covered within a proposal.

Project Deliverable

• Using the Case Study presented in this document, to
complete an executive proposal.

• Provide a three to five page proposal summarizing
purpose and benefit of chosen security software to the
executive management team.

• The student will evaluate and test security testing
software for purposes of testing corporate network
security. The
purpose of the software is to measure the security posture of
the organization by identifying vulnerabilities and help
prevent future attacks and deter any real-time unknown
threats.
• The proposal should effectively describe the software in a
manner that will allow the executive team members to understand
the purpose and benefits of the software to approve
purchase.

Guidelines

• Evaluate and select a security tool for recommendation
that you learned about in the iLabs modules or the EC-Council
text books.

• The proposal document must be 3 to 5 pages long,
conforming to APA standards. See “Writing Guideline”
in WebTycho where you’ll find help on writing for research
projects.

• At least three authoritative, outside references are
required (anonymous authors or web pages are not
acceptable).
These should be listed on the last page titled
“References.

• Appropriate citations are required. See the syllabus
regarding plagiarism policies.

• This will be graded on quality of research topic,
quality of paper information, use of citations, grammar and
sentence structure, and creativity.

• The paper is due during Week 7 of this course. Project Description The
purpose of project is to write an executive proposal for a
fictitious company called Advanced Research. The goal of the
proposal is to persuade the executive management team to
approve purchase of security testing software that can benefit
the company’s corporate network security by testing and
identifying vulnerabilities
before they are exploited by hackers. The proposal must
include a detailed description of the software, its purpose and
benefits.

Suggested Approach

1. Research
a security testing software tool that you practiced using in
the EC-Council iLabs or from the textbook.
2. Determine
whether the tool would be beneficial in testing the security of
a corporate network.

3. Use the
vendor’s website to collect necessary information about the
tool to be able to explain its purpose and benefit.

4. Include
3rd party endorsements and
case studies about the tool.

5.
Integrate the information from your own experience with the tool
into your proposal.
This may include results from the iLab exercises or your own test
lab. Company
Description Advanced Research Corporation Advanced Research is a
startup medical research and development company. After five years of
extraordinary success in the development of innovative medical
and pharmaceutical products, Advanced Research is on its way to
becoming a major player in the medical research and development
industry. However,
due to its success, Advanced Research has also become a major
target of cybercriminals. Advanced Research has
been the victim of cybercriminal attempts to steal intellectual
property and sell it to Advanced Research’s competitors. It is suspected that the
corporate network has been infiltrated from unauthorized sources
more than once. In
2011, Advanced Research was falsely accused of unethical research
and development practices. The false allegations
resulted in the defacement of Advanced
Research’s public website and several Denial of Service attacks
at different times over a 9 month period that brought the
corporate network to its knees. These attacks had a major
impact on Advanced Research’s ability to conduct business and
resulted in undesirable
publicity for the company.

Executive Proposal Project