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CIS098-6 Cyber Defence

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Submission DeadlineMarks and Feedback
  Before 10am on: 16/05/202220 working days after deadline (L4, 5 and 7) 15 working days after deadline (L6) 10 working days after deadline (block delivery)   13/06/2022
Unit title & codeCIS098-6 Cyber Defence
Assignment number and title1 Threat Modelling
Assignment typeCoursework – Written Report + Threat model
Weighting of assignment100%
Size or length of assessment4500 words (maximum)
Unit learning outcomesDemonstrate the following knowledge and understanding Provide an in-depth and systematic understanding of knowledge and critical awareness of frameworks, methodologies, tools and techniques for cyber defence and network attack analysis in terms of their effectiveness and suitability in different organisational contexts and threat landscapes Demonstrate the following skills and abilities Flexibly and autonomously apply knowledge on real-time reputation intelligence in order to evaluate and respond to multi-faced attacks towards innovative and pragmatic solutions in network security

What am I required to do in this assignment?

This assessment will require you to use open source intelligence frameworks, sources of information (e.g. NIST vulnerabilities database) ir order to produce a threat model for a given scenario. On the basis of the scenario and the threat model you have produced you will be required to present a report that contains the following:

  1. An overview of the intelligence sources you chose to utilise and why they were chosen (450 words)
  2. A fully formed threat model using Microsoft Threat Modelling Tool. You can download a free copy of the Microsoft tool from: punjabassignmenthelp.com The tool is a Microsoft Windows tool and must be used on MS Windows 10 or 11. Make sure to ONLY use the SDL TM Knowledge Based (Core) (4.x.x.x) Template for your threat model. Any other template will attract a deduction of 10 marks. You can take screen shots of your developed threat model.
  3. On the basis of the threat model, the intelligence and vulnerability you should provide a summary (upto 1000 words) outlining the basis of the threat model you have used, and how the sources that you collected information from helped you to develop your threat model.
  4. You should outline the key threats to the systems in your chosen scenario, and present these in the form of a risk table, identifying the likelihood of the threat (high, medium, low) and the likely impact that the threat could have on the business in monetary terms (business failure, business interruption or business as usual). You should then suggest mitigation actions that should be put in place to reduce the impact of the threat (1500 words).
  5. A separate section should be dedicated for the developed threat model.
  6. References should be written in Harvard style and must be sourced from reputable and reliable sources (no wikis, logs, white papers, lecture slides, internal reports, non-related websites, etc.). 5 marks will be deducted for not following Harvard referencing.

You will submit a single word file covering the above point via the BREO submission link along with the Microsoft Threat Modelling tool file you created. Failure to include this file with your report will result in 10 marks deduction.

Scenario

MoneyTransfer4U is an organisation that has over twenty years of experience providing money transfer services on the UK High Street. The organisation has stores across the UK, including in Manchester, London, Southampton, Cambridge, Cardiff, Liverpool, Sheffield, Glasgow, and Edinburgh.Cyber Defence

The organisation has a set of 70 UK wide stores, and they are all connected to the Headquarters in Manchester. Daily transactions are sent using FTP to the Headquarters (HQ) in Manchester from each of the other stores across the UK on a daily basis. Each local store also maintains an Oracle database of daily transactions and customer details. HQ also uses Oracle database for its operations. To make things easier the IT division team created a single database for each region/city, and customer details database, financial transactions database, and staff accounts and their log-on credentials database, all stored at HQ.

In terms of transactions, customers can either visit a store in person, in which case a member of staff performs the transaction or create an online account/log-on to shop online. All they need to do is enter their personal details, bank account details and address to get started. As the organisation has a small staff base of 300 across the UK, there is no verification service in house, so the transactions are set to an-off site service via email for verification before a transaction can take place.

The organisation has set up Windows 10 accounts for all in-store and backoffice staff. As well as this, all data is stored on physical servers installed with Windows 2016 R2 Server. The IT division has 10 members of staff responsible for all store and HQ network and systems operations.

As some staff want to work remotely, a virtual image has been created and staff can log in using a standard browser.

The company has no official password policy in place regarding the correct formation of strong passwords. You have been employed as a consultant as over the past month they have suffered attacks on their website, a major personal data breach, and a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. Possible sources of open source intelligence frameworks for Cyber Threat Intelligence and known vulnerabilities Cyber Threat Intelligence reports National Cyber Security Centre (UK): https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/section/keep-up-to-date/threat- reports?q=&defaultTypes=report&sort=date%2Bdesc&start=0&rows=20   Threat Connect: https://threatconnect.com/solution/threat- intelligence/?ads_adid=108312688988&ads_cmpid=8843566946&ads_creative=429392777942&ads_matchtype=b&ads_network=g&ads_ta rgetid=kwd-368521182887&ttv=2   Microsoft Threat Intelligence: https://www.microsoft.com/en- gb/security/business/?ef_id=:G:s&OCID=AID2200939_SEM_:G:s&msclkid=ec98f561cefe1e1a5732975ec44cd773   Cyber Threat Intelligence Feeds: https://logz.io/blog/open-source-threat-intelligence-feeds/ Cisco Talos: https://talosintelligence.com/ Vulnerability information   National Vulnerability Database: https://nvd.nist.gov/ Common Vulnerabilities and Exposure: https://cve.mitre.org/ Snyk vulnerability database: https://snyk.io/product/vulnerability-database/
What do I need to do to pass? (Threshold Expectations from UIF)
  Implement, evaluate, and review one or more emergent paradigms that underpin modern CTI modelsInvestigate threat mitigations and improvements made through information consumption using a technical demonstration(s) while meeting organisational objectives
How do I produce high quality work that merits a good grade?
  In order to achieve a high grade you need to provide an in-depth assessment of the possible threats to MoneyTransfer4U, and to clearly explain not only the vulnerabilities, but also the ways in which positive actions can be put in place in order to better secure the systems. You should also outline an action plan that can be put in place in order successfully implement an Information Security Action Plan. In is important that you also document any assumptions you have made, and effectively evaluate the measures you consider for their suitability for a small organisation (cost, manpower required, timelines etc.)
How does this assignment relate to what we are doing in scheduled sessions?
This bring together the lecture topics relating to cyber threat intelligence, threat modelling, intrusion detection and presentation and the general concepts of cyber defense.
How will my assignment be marked?
  Your assignment will be marked according to the threshold expectations and the criteria on the following page. You can use them to evaluate your own work and consider your grade before you submit.
 Pass – 40-49%Pass – 50-59%Commendation – 60-69%Distinction– 70%+
        30%Clearly identifies a set of appropriate cyber threat intelligence sources of information that can be used to inform the specific scenario.Identifies a good range of cyber threat intelligence sources and clearly explains why they have been chosen, signposting how they address the needs of the scenarioGoes beyond the identification of cyber threat intelligence sources and clearly documents how these have been used in tandem with the vulnerability databases to identify the foundation of a risk management approachExcellent application of a wide variety of cyber threat intelligence feeds, cross-checked with vulnerabilities to identify a risk management approach and identify a set of mitigating measures to reduce the impact of the risks identified.
          30%Outlines a basic set of mitigating technical solutions that can help protect the systems in thee given scenarioOutlines a clear set of approaches (system and people-based) that can be used to protect systems and clearly explains how and why each is relevant to the chosen scenario.Detailed approach that is justified and well explained, clearly identifies the steps required for implementation and deployment and has clearly explained and justified each approach chosen with specific reference to the scenario.Professional level approach that documents each tool, uses criteria as a way of choosing the best approach, and back this up with a written outline of how and why the measures chosen will help to protect the organization
        30%Basic threat model created addressing a smaller set or none of issues identified. A large number of implementation errors found in the modelSatisfactory threat model created addressing a small set of issues identified. Some of implementation errors found in the modelVery good threat model created addressing most issues identified. A small set of implementation errors found in the modelExcellent comprehensive threat model created addressing all issues identified. No or few errors found in the model
    10%Basic set of references not all adhering to Harvard style and with poor quality references usedSatisfactory set of references not all adhering correctly to Harvard style and with some poor quality referencesVery good quality references mostly written to Harvard style and with few or no poor quality referencesExcellent set of references written to correct Harvard style and no poor quality references

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