Can we ensure that Digital Government services are secure? Computer science homework help

Case Scenario:

You have been asked to participate in a panel discussion of security issues affecting digital government Websites. Each panel member has been asked to select a specific Website (from the list provided in Table 1) and then research (a) the information and services that it provides and (b) the security issues which could impact the delivery of digital government services. Your two to three page summary of your research will be provided to the panel audience in advance of the discussion.

Table 1. List of Approved Digital Government Websites

Base URLs

BENEFITS.GOV

CANCER.GOV

CONSUMERFINANCE.GOV

DATA.GOV

DIGITALGOV.GOV

DISASTERASSISTANCE.GOV

FOODSAFETY.GOV

GIRLSHEALTH.GOV

GRANTS.GOV

HEALTHCARE.GOV

MEDICARE.GOV

READY.GOV

RECREATION.GOV

REGULATIONS.GOV

RESEARCH.GOV

SAFERCAR.GOV

SERVE.GOV

STOPBULLYING.GOV

STOPFAKES.GOV

USA.GOV

USAJOBS.GOV

VOLUNTEER.GOV

WOMENSHEALTH.GOV

Research:

1.  Read / Review the Week 3 readings.

2.  Research three or more attacks which could compromise the security of a Digital Government Website which uses Web Applications, a Web Server, and a Database Server.Here are some sources to get you started:

a.  Web Applications Architectures and Security (in the Week 3 content module).

b.  Cyber Vandalism — https://www.digitalgov.gov/resources/readiness-recovery-response-social-media-cyber-vandalism-toolkit/

c.  Cybersecurity: Actions needed to address challenges facing federal systems (GAO 15-573T) http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/669810.pdf

d.  Cognitive Hacking and Digital Government: Digital Identity http://www.ists.dartmouth.edu/library/78.pdf

e.  US-Cert Publications (See Technical Reports section) https://www.us-cert.gov/security-publications#reports 

3.  Review the Website for a digital government service (select one of the Websites listed in Table 1). What types of information or services are available via your selected Website? What population does this Website serve (who is the intended audience)?

4.  As part of your Digital Government Website review, determine the types and sensitivity of information collected, displayed, processed, and stored by the Web applications which implement the Digital Government service.

a.  See http://www.digitalgov.gov/resources/checklist-of-requirements-for-federal-digital-services/ for general security and privacy requirements.

b.  See FIPS 199 for additional guidance on determining the sensitivity level of a Federal IT system. (See the section on public websites.)

5.  Using FIPS 200 and NIST SP 800-53, research the general types of security controls which are required for the IT systems hosting the Digital Government service that you reviewed.

6.  Find three or more additional sources which provide information about best practice recommendations for ensuring the security of the Web Applications used to deliver Digital Government information and services. These additional sources can include analyst reports and/or news stories about recent attacks / threats, data breaches, cybercrime, cyber terrorism, etc. which impacted the security of digital government services.

Write:

Write a two to three page summary of your research. At a minimum, your summary must include the following:

1.  An introduction or overview of digital government which provides definitions and addresses the laws, regulations, and policies which require that federal agencies provide information and services via the Web. This introduction should be suitable for an executive audience.

2.  An overview of the information and services provided by your selected digital government Website. Answer the following questions:

a.  What types of information or services are available via your selected Website?

b.  What population does this Website serve (who is the intended audience)?

c.  What sensitivity level which should be assigned to the Website (use FIPS 199 criteria).

d.  What security issues were observed during your review?

3.  A separate section which addresses the architectures and security issues inherent in the use of Web applications when used to deliver the services provided by your selected digital government Website.

4.  A separate section which includes recommendations for best practices for ensuring Web application security during the design, implementation, and operation of digital government websites. Include five or more best practice recommendations in your discussion.

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

·  NICCS Glossary http://niccs.us-cert.gov/glossary

·  Guidelines on Security and Privacy in Public Cloud Computing http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/nistpubs/800-144/SP800-144.pdf

Formatting Instructions

1.  Use standard APA formatting for the MS Word document that you submit to your assignment folder. Formatting requirements and examples are found under Course Resources > APA Resources.

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