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SEC 435 WEEK 10 TERM PAPER
Term Paper: Penetration Testing
Due Week 10 and worth 120 points
As a penetration tester, you are hired as a consultant by a small- to mid-sized business that is interested in calculating its overall security risk today, January 1, 2012. The business specializes in providing private loans to college students. This business uses both an e-Commerce site and point-of-sales devices (credit card swipes) to collect payment. Also, there exist a number of file transfer operations where sensitive and confidential data is transferred to and from several external partnering companies. The typical volume of payment transactions totals is approximately $100 million. You decide that the risk assessments are to take into account the entire network of workstations, VoIP phone sets, servers, routers, switches and other networking gear. During your interview with one of the business’s IT staff members, you are told that many external vendors want to sell security networking products and software solutions. The staff member also claimed that their network was too “flat.” During the initial onsite visit, you captured the following pertinent data to use in creation of the Penetration Test Plan.
• Non-stateful packet firewall separates the business’s internal network from its DMZ.
• All departments–including Finance, Marketing, Development, and IT–connect into the same enterprise switch and are therefore on the same LAN. Senior management (CEO, CIO, President, etc.) and the Help Desk are not on that LAN; they are connected via a common Ethernet hub and then to the switched LAN.
• All of the workstations used by employees are either Windows 98 or Windows XP. None of the workstations have service packs or updates beyond service pack one.
• Two (2) Web servers containing customer portals for logging in and...