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Debate: How will your administration ensure that Digital Government services are secure?

 

Prepare a three to five paragraph introduction (briefing statement) for a general election debate question:

How will your administration ensure that Digital Government services are secure?

This question will be asked of all candidates participating in the debate (you should not address any single candidate or party).

Your introduction must provide enough information that the candidates understand key terms as defined by you for the debate question:

  • What is meant by “Digital Government services?” (previously called “e-Government” services)
  • Where have past administrations fallen short in protecting Digital Government / e-Government services?
  • What is meant by “Threats” (i.e. individual hackers, politically motivated hacktivists, criminal enterprises, and unfriendly “nation state” actors)

If you need help getting started, read this article: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2848779/list-of-hacked-government-agencies-grows-state-department-white-house-noaa-and-usps.html

Provide in-text citations and references for 3 or more authoritative sources. Put the reference list at the end of your posting.

Briefing Statement or Paper
Timeliness of Postings
Quality of Discussion Postings

Paper #2: Mobile App Security Assessment & Strategy

Scenario:

A federal agency has asked your cybersecurity consulting firm to provide it with a white paper that discusses best practices for security architectures and designs for mobile apps. The white paper should also present the agency with a strategy for developing an award winning digital government mobile app for its submission to next years’ Mobi-Gov awards. The agency had several mobile apps in the “honorable mention” category this past year but, each of the apps failed to make passing scores in the mobile app security category.  The contest rules do not allow revision and resubmission of entries from prior years. For this reason, your starting point should be recommendations for a security architecture for a completely new mobile app. 

The scoring for the awards is organized around the three strategies from the federal government’s digital government strategy (see https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/egov/digital-government/digital-government.html ).

1.Enable the American people and an increasingly mobile workforce to access high-quality digital government information and services anywhere, anytime, on any device.

2.Ensure that as the government adjusts to this new digital world, we seize the opportunity to procure and manage devices, applications, and data in smart, secure and affordable ways.

3.Unlock the power of government data to spur innovation across our Nation and improve the quality of services for the American people.

Research:

1.Research the “best” of federal mobile apps to see examples of the type of apps the agency will be competing against next year.

a.19 of the Coolest Government Mobile Apps https://www.govloop.com/community/blog/cool-gov-mobile-apps/ 

b.10 Most Entertaining Government Mobile Apps https://www.govloop.com/community/blog/10-most-entertaining-government-mobile-apps/

c.3 Innovative Ways Agencies are Leveraging Mobile Apps http://fedscoop.com/great-government-mobile-apps 

2.Research the federal government’s perspective on mobile app security architectures and design recommendations. Here are three sources to help you get started:

a.Mobile App Developers: Start with Security 

https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/mobile-app-developers-start-security

b.Mobile Security Reference Architecture 

https://cio.gov/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/05/Mobile-Security-Reference-Architecture.pdf 

c.Architecture and Design Considerations for Secure Software (Mobile Applications)

https://buildsecurityin.us-cert.gov/sites/default/files/ArchitectureAndDesign_PocketGuide_v2%200_05182012_PostOnline.pdf 

3.Research industry recommendations for mobile app security. Begin with the following sources:

a. OWASP Mobile Security Project https://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Mobile_Security_Project 

b.Top 10 Mobile Risks (click on tab) https://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Mobile_Security_Project

c.Mobile app security: Always keep the back door locked http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/02/mobile-app-security-always-keep-the-back-door-locked/  

4.Find five or more best practice recommendations for ensuring the security of mobile apps. These recommendations must include security for the platform (mobile device), the data on the device, and the transmission path between the device and the mobile application server.

Write:

Write a five (5) to eight (8) page white paper in which you summarize your research and present your “best practices” based strategy for developing an award winning, secure mobile app. You should focus upon clarity and conciseness more than length when determining what content to include in your paper. At a minimum, your white paper must include the following:

1.An introduction or overview of mobile apps for digital government. Your overview should include examples of mobile apps which are recognized as being innovative and “best of category” for delivering government information and services to mobile devices. This introduction should be suitable for an executive audience.

2.A separate section in which you discuss the federal government’s requirements and recommendations for mobile app security architectures and the associated design recommendations. This section should be written for non-technical managers; you will need to translate from tech-speak to manager-speak. Diagrams and pictures may be useful but, remember to include the appropriate in-text citations for the source (append to the figure caption).

3.A separate section in which you discuss industry’s recommendations for security architectures and risk reduction for mobile app security.

4.A section in which you present 5 or more best practice recommendations for building security into the new mobile app which will become next year’s entry into the Mobi-Gov awards contest. These recommendations should be presented as your “strategy” for “winning” the security evaluation category for mobile apps.

Submit For Grading 

1.Submit your white paper in MS Word format (.docx or .doc file) using the OPEN Data Assignment in your assignment folder. (Attach the file.)

2.You must also submit your white paper to TurnItIn before the due date for this assignment.

Additional Information

1.Your white paper should use standard terms and definitions for cybersecurity concepts. The following sources are recommended:

•ISACA Glossary http://www.isaca.org/pages/glossary.aspx 

•Guidelines on Security and Privacy in Public Cloud Computing http://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/Legacy/SP/nistspecialpublication800-144.pdf  

2.You are expected to credit your sources using in-text citations and reference list entries. Both your citations and your reference list entries must comply with APA 6th edition Style requirements. Failure to credit your sources will result in penalties as provided for under the university’s Academic Integrity policy. 

3.Use APA 6th edition style (formatting) for the organization and appearance of the MS Word document that you submit to your assignment folder. This includes margins, section headings, and consistent use of fonts (Times New Roman 12 in black), paragraph styles (first line indent by ½ inch), and line spacing (double). Formatting requirements and examples are found under Course Resources > APA Resources. Your file should contain both a title page and a separate References page. Use page breaks to ensure that the title page and references page are separate from the body of the paper. 

4.You are expected to write grammatically correct English in every assignment that you submit for grading. Do not turn in any work without (a) using spell check, (b) using grammar check, (c) verifying that your punctuation is correct and (d) reviewing your work for correct word usage and correctly structured sentences and paragraphs. These items are graded under Professionalism and constitute 15% of the assignment grade. 

Criteria

Provided an excellent overview of mobile apps for digital government. Discussion included 5 or more examples of mobile apps which have been recognized as being innovative or “best of category” for delivering government information and services to mobile devices. The overview appropriately used information from 3 or more authoritative sources.

Provided an outstanding overview of mobile apps for digital government. Discussion included 3 or more examples of mobile apps which have been recognized as being innovative or “best of category” for delivering government information and services to mobile devices. The overview appropriately used information from 2 or more authoritative sources.

Provided an overview of mobile apps for digital government. Discussed the purpose of mobile apps from the federal government.  Included at least one example of a mobile app that is available from the federal government’s app store. The overview appropriately used information from 1 or more authoritative sources.

Provided an overview but the section lacked important details about federal government mobile apps. Information from authoritative sources was cited and used in the overview.

Attempted to provide an introduction to the paper but this section lacked detail and/or was not well supported by information drawn from authoritative sources. 

The introduction and/or overview sections of the paper were off topic. 

Provided an excellent overview of the federal government’s requirements and recommendations for mobile app security architectures and the associated design recommendations. Explanations were written for non-technical managers and included at least three useful diagrams or pictures with appropriate in-text citations for the source (appended to the figure caption). Appropriately used information from 3 or more authoritative sources.

Provided an outstanding overview of the federal government’s requirements and recommendations for mobile app security architectures and the associated design recommendations. Explanations were written for non-technical managers and included at least two useful diagrams or pictures with appropriate in-text citations for the source (appended to the figure caption). Appropriately used information from 2 or more authoritative sources.

Provided an overview of the federal government’s requirements and recommendations for mobile app security architectures and the associated design recommendations. Included at one or more useful diagrams or pictures with appropriate in-text citations for the source (appended to the figure caption). Appropriately used information from 1 or more authoritative sources.

Provided a discussion of the federal government’s requirements or recommendations for mobil app security.Appropriately used information from authoritative sources.

Provided a discussion of mobile app security in the context of the federal government. The discussion lacked detail and/or was not well supported by information drawn from authoritative sources.

This section was missing, off topic, or failed to provide information aboutmobile app security in the context of the federal government. 

Provided an excellent overview of industry recommendations for mobile app security architectures and the associated design recommendations. Explanations were written for non-technical managers and included at least three useful diagrams or pictures with appropriate in-text citations for the source (appended to the figure caption). Appropriately used information from 3 or more authoritative sources.

Provided an outstanding overview of industry recommendations for mobile app security architectures and the associated design recommendations. Explanations were written for non-technical managers and included at least two useful diagrams or pictures with appropriate in-text citations for the source (appended to the figure caption). Appropriately used information from 2 or more authoritative sources.

Provided an overview of industry recommendations for mobile app security architectures and the associated design recommendations. Included at one or more useful diagrams or pictures with appropriate in-text citations for the source (appended to the figure caption). Appropriately used information from 1 or more authoritative sources.

Provided a discussion of industry recommendations for mobil app security.Appropriately used information from authoritative sources.

Provided a discussion of mobile app security from industry’s perspective. The discussion lacked detail and/or was not well supported by information drawn from authoritative sources.

This section was missing, off topic, or failed to provide information aboutmobile app security from the industry perspective.

Provided an excellent discussion of best practice recommendations for ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, availability, authenticity, and non-repudiation for Mobile Applications. Included 5 or more specific recommendations. Appropriately used information from 3 or more authoritative sources.

Provided an outstanding discussion of best practice recommendations for ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, availability, authenticity, and non-repudiation for Mobile Applications. Included 4 or more specific recommendations. Appropriately used information from 2 or more authoritative sources.

Provided a discussion of best practice recommendations for ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, availability, authenticity, and non-repudiation for Mobile Applications. Included 3 or more specific recommendations. Appropriately used information from 1 or more authoritative sources.

Discussion provided some information about best practices for ensuring security for Mobile Applications. Mentioned information obtained from authoritative sources.

Discussion provided some information about best practices for ensuring security for Mobile Applications, but the lacked detail and/or was not supported by information from authoritative sources.

Did not address best practices for security for Mobile Applications.

Demonstrated excellence in the integration of standard cybersecurity terminology into the case study.

Provided an outstanding integration of standard cybersecurity terminology into the case study.

Integrated standard cybersecurity terminology into the into the case study

Used standard cybersecurity terminology but this usage was not well integrated with the discussion.

Misused standard cybersecurity terminology.

Did not integrate standard cybersecurity terminology into the discussion.

Work contains a reference list containing entries for all cited resources. Reference list entries and in-text citations are correctly formatted using the appropriate APA style for each type of resource.

Work contains a reference list containing entries for all cited resources. One or two minor errors in APA format for in-text citations and/or reference list entries.

Work contains a reference list containing entries for all cited resources. No more than 3 minor errors in APA format for in-text citations and/or reference list entries.

Work has no more than three paragraphs with omissions of citations crediting sources for facts and information. Work contains a reference list containing entries for cited resources. Work contains no more than 5 minor errors in APA format for in-text citations and/or reference list entries.

Work attempts to credit sources but demonstrates a fundamental failure to understand and apply the APA formatting standard as defined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).

Reference list is missing. Work demonstrates an overall failure to incorporate and/or credit authoritative sources for information used in the paper.

Submitted work shows outstanding organization and the use of color, fonts, titles, headings and sub-headings, etc. is appropriate to the assignment type.

Submitted work has minor style or formatting flaws but still presents a professional appearance. Submitted work is well organized and appropriately uses color, fonts, and section headings (per the assignment’s directions).

Organization and/or appearance of submitted work could be improved through better use of fonts, color, titles, headings, etc. OR Submitted work has multiple style or formatting errors. Professional appearance could be improved.

Submitted work has multiple style or formatting errors. Organization and professional appearance need substantial improvement.

Submitted work meets minimum requirements but has major style and formatting errors. Work is disorganized and needs to be rewritten for readability and professional appearance.

Submitted work is poorly organized and formatted. Writing and presentation are lacking in professional style and appearance. Work does not reflect college level writing skills.

No formatting, grammar, spelling, or punctuation errors.

Work contains minor errors in formatting, grammar, spelling or punctuation which do not significantly impact professional appearance.

Errors in formatting, spelling, grammar, or punctuation which detract from professional appearance of the submitted work.

Submitted work has numerous errors in formatting, spelling, grammar, or punctuation. Work is unprofessional in appearance.

Submitted work is difficult to read / understand and has significant errors in formatting, spelling, grammar, punctuation, or word usage.

Submitted work is poorly executed OR does not reflect college level work.

Overall Score

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