Riordan Security Issues

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CMGT 440 - Introduction to Information Systems Security
University of Phoenix



Riordan manufacturing is a plastic injection molding company based in San Jose. The company also has various operations in 3 other Michigan cities as well as one overseas office in China. “Riordan has a 46 million annual earning” and their major customers are automotive parts manufacturers, aircraft manufacturers, the Department of Defense, beverage makers, bottlers, and appliance manufacturers”, (UOP Virtual Organization, 2006). This company was started by a chemistry professor in 1993 and has expanded over the last 7 years. In 2006 Riordan has projected to increase their
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The network is currently running on Windows NT servers (University of Phoenix, 2006). An upgrade to Windows Server 2003 is suggested because it has better security built in than Windows NT servers. Using Windows Server 2003 the Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) can be enabled. The ICF, when enabled is designed to monitor the destination and source of IP addresses that come and go through the Internet. The ICF also discourages port scanning through the internet connection (Palmer, 2003). A border gateway should be established to control the traffic that is allowed to cross the border from any direction. The border gateway will block communications from any IP addresses where problems have arose in the past. The gateway could also block any computer outside the network unless permission is given from inside the network. Packet filtering can also be enabled to block or allow packets from specified protocols (Palmer, 2003).

Pontiac, Michigan Plant The Pontiac, Michigan plant utilizes an internet protocol (IP) wide area network to transmit data to and receive it from the San Jose (headquarters) and to the manufacturing floor. In order to protect the data from eavesdropping, the first line of defense is to encrypt the data. There are a myriad of encryption tools to accomplish this. Next, Riordan must protect the network from intrusion. To accomplish this, the Pontiac plant
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