1. A single Word document (.docx) – containing all parts.
An Australian advertising company, iCreative, has grown concerned by the global rise in
cybercrime and ransomware.
They have asked you to:
For all branches – Identify and analyse application and networking-based threats to their
For the Brisbane branch only – recommend preventative and mitigative technologies
and strategies for potential intrusion and attacks on the network.
About the company:
iCreative is a growing advertising company consisting of three branches: The Brisbane (main)
branch; the Launceston branch; and the Portland branch. Each branch has five departments and
there are approximately 25 employees per department. The Brisbane branch has 1 mail server,
2 web servers, and 2 database servers. The Launceston and Portland branches are smaller
branches and so they each have only 1 mail server and 1 database server.
All branches have high-speed networks; however, the traffic can be quite heavy on weekdays.
This is especially true for the Brisbane branch.
Part I. Potential Threats
You have been provided with a list of complaints from employees about the workstations at
Complaint 1 (Derek): My computer takes forever to start up and shut down. It is just
so slow all the time no matter what I am doing or what program is open.
Complaint 2 (Lexie): I feel like my hard drive is rather small. It only has about 30
document files on it but I keep receiving a notification telling me that my hard drive is
nearly full now. I brought this to the IT department and asked for a bigger hard drive
but they told me that my hard drive is already 2 TB in size and so I shouldn’t need a
bigger one. Instead, they told me to just uninstall any programs that I don’t use. The
only programs that are installed, though, are the ones the IT department installed on
there for me and one extra program that I installed and use every day.
Complaint 3 (Meredith): It takes forever to download a file from the database servers.
It doesn’t even matter what the size of the file is.
Complaint 4 (Alex): I keep receiving email notifications for “Undeliverable message”
but when I look at the messages they aren’t actually emails that I have sent. This is so
annoying and such a waste of time.
Complaint 5 (Richard): I don’t seem to be able to download updates for the antivirus
software or the operating system. It’s so frustrating.
Complaint 6 (Mark): I get very annoyed with the fan in my computer. It’s just so loud.
It seems to be spinning really fast and all the time. Even with no programs open the fan
is going crazy.
Complain 7 (All employees): Difficulty accessing the website, mail and database