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CCNA Security Chapter 9 Case Study


Describe the principles of secure network design.

Describe operations security.

Describe network security testing tools and techniques.

Describe business continuity and disaster recovery.

Describe the system development life cycle concept and its application to a secure network life

Describe the purpose and function of a network security policy.

Superior Health Care System will be implementing many changes over the next two years. Your team will
have a major impact on the success of these changes. The CEO of the company has personally
requested that your team participant in the following initiatives:

Create a new information assurance policy and training program

Test our existing equipment to identify the need for upgrades and replacements.

Develop an RFP for a comprehensive penetration test of our systems and network.

Identify the critical aspects of the systems and perform a network security test.

Report all findings and make all necessary recommendations needed to secure our systems in
the future.

Tasks 9.1
Your team will be responsible for developing the first draft for the following Information Assurance
1. Acceptable use policy
2. VPN implementation policy
3. Virus and malicious code mitigation policy
4. IDS/IPS implementation policy
5. Authentication/Authorization policy
6. Incident response policy
Tasks 9.2
As part of the reorganization, Superior Health Care System Corporations Chief Information Officer has
created an action list for your team. She has requested that your team test the following features in our
test lab facilities and report back on the results.
1. Secure network devices with AAA, SSH, role-based CLI, syslog, SNMP, and NTP.
2. Secure services using AutoSecure and one-step lockdown.
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3. Protect network endpoints, such as workstations and servers, against viruses, Trojan Horses, and
worms with Cisco NAC, Cisco IronPort, and Cisco Security Agent.
4. Use Cisco IOS Firewall and accompanying ACLs to secure resources internally while protecting
those resources from outside attacks.
5. Supplement Cisco IOS Firewall with Cisco IPS technology to evaluate traffic using an attack
signature database.
6. Protect the LAN by following Layer 2 and VLAN recommended practices and by using a variety of
technologies, including BPDU guard, root guard, PortFast, and SPAN.
Tasks 9.3
We would like you to draft a two page document detailing the framework and components of a corporate
wide information assurance education, training and awareness program. Please provide examples and
resources that support your proposal.
Tasks 9.4
Our senior management team wants to make sure we have thoroughly tested and strengthened our
systems and network. In an effort to respond to this priority, the Chief Information Assurance Officer has
directed your team to compose an RFP to identify a company contracted to perform a penetration test on
our systems and assist our staff in mitigating potential risk and vulnerabilities. Please have your team
draft the document and make sure they include the following activities as part of the request:
Internal/Intranet Testing

Clients, Servers





Remote Management Hardware/Software


Patch Management



Web Sites

Database Mining

Mail Servers

Advanced E-Mail Tracking and Tracing

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DNS Servers

FTP Servers

VPN Servers

Wireless Networks


Physical Security

Server Room

Back-up Media

Accessibility To Security Controls

Cabling, Physical Access

Key Loggers


Lock Picking

Hot Jacks

Phone Systems

Covert Wireless

Component/Stages of the Test

1. Establish the scope of the test
2. Planning the test with sign offs
3. Target acquisition
4. Network mapping
5. Fingerprinting
6. Enumeration
7. Vulnerability assessment
8. Vulnerability exploitation
9. Breakin
10. Privilege escalate
11. Hiding/Stealing data
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12. Planting backdoors

13. Covering Tracks
14. Test Result Analysis
15. Reporting
16. Post-Test consultation

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