Due: Friday, Feb. 1 at class time; bring a hard copy to class (send it electronically if you won't be in class).
Note you can work with one other student on this project. Be sure to identify both members of the team and include a sentence explaining the contributions of each.
The MegaWazoo Corporation is a large company that manufactures specialized electronic components used in power systems, industrial control systems, weapons systems, etc. MegaWazoo is one of only two companies supplying these vital components and does a good business with the private sector and the government, including the military. It is fair to say that MegaWazoo's products are vital components of the critical infrastructure of the nation and disruption in MegaWazoo's production could have serious consequences.
The CEO of the company recently has become alarmed by all of the media coverage regarding the potential for cyberattacks (and other attacks) on U.S. critical infrastructure, but isn't totally convinced that the threat is real. He wonders if the security establishment isn't exaggerating the situation to improve their market prospects. He's interested in hiring someone to investigate this question and, if needed, to write a comprehensive IA plan for the company to better protect their resources from potential threats.
As a private IA consultant, you'd love to get the job, but to do so you have to write a proposal asking for the business and convincing the company that you know your stuff. Your task in this assignment is to write a section of that proposal that:
The goal of this proposal section is to convince the CEO that you understand the breadth of IA threats the company might face as a key actor in the nation's critical infrastructure, not that you have in mind specific solutions. That is, don't spell out solutions to any challenges; just make the case either that the company has (or does not have) reason to be concerned about the possibility of significant cyberthreats. After all, your immediate goal is to get the job so that you can later suggest solutions.
Important note: Don't write this as a letter pitching your services or your qualifications. Think of it as a section in a position paper; this section assesses the reality of the threat, particularly as regards this corporation. Also remember that this is not an entire proposal; you can imagine that other sections in your proposal have introduced you and your qualifications. Focus on the risk assessment aspects of the problem.
Aim for around 2-3 pages. Organize things carefully. Think things through because you may be building on this assignment in subsequent work.