Discuss the concepts of ethical hacking, different types of hacking, and penetration testing techniques.

my term
paper for SEC 420 Perimeter Defense Techniques. I have 2 weeks to complete it.

Term Paper: Current
Attack Vectors and Secure Network Design

Due Week 10 and worth
160 points

A friend has recently
started a business that has a large amount of intellectual property that he
wants to ensure is kept secure and confidential. He plans to hire 75-100
employees within the next 18 months and is preparing to build his systems
infrastructure across three (3) locations: one (1) primary headquarters and two
(2) small satellite offices. All three (3) locations will occupy one (1) entire
floor of a multitenant building. Your friend has asked your opinion regarding
major technology choices that he must make for his business, such as operating
systems, mobile devices, cloud services, and wireless networking.

Write a six to ten
(6-10) page paper in which you:

Analyze the security
features of Linux, Macintosh, and Windows operating systems, and decide which
you believe is the most susceptible to hackers based on hacking techniques and
attack vectors. Justify your response.Discuss the primary
security concerns surrounding USB and other portable devices, and prioritize
the major risks that your hypothetical friend must consider based on the level
of potential harm the identified security concern may cause. Take a position on
whether you believe a network with wireless access points and clients, or a
predominantly wired network, is more susceptible to a network attack. Suggest
the tools that you would use to penetrate a wireless network in comparison to a
network without wireless access points. Justify your response.Consider the use of
cloud providers to allow for access to data for employees and potential
clients. Examine the general security concerns for cloud-based solutions, and
validate whether or not you would consider the use of a cloud provider an
optimal solution for this scenario.Describe what you
believe to be the most effective attack against mobile computing devices, and
choose one (1) tool that a hacker could use to carry out this attack. Support
your response with related examples of the chosen tool in use.Recommend the minimum
physical and technical controls for protecting the company’s intellectual
property from both internal and external threats. Provide a rationale for your
response.Consider the tools
explored throughout the course, and suggest what you believe to be the three
(3) most useful tools for a hacker to utilize. Justify your response.Design a floor plan of
each of the three (3) offices. Include locations of data center(s),
telecommunication closet(s), end-user areas, conference rooms, networking
equipment, security controls, etc. Use the graphical tools in Microsoft Visio
or an open source alternative such as Dia. Note: The graphically depicted
solution is not included in the required page length. Use at least three (3)
quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do
not qualify as quality resources. 

Your assignment must
follow these formatting requirements:

typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch
margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or
school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional
a cover page containing the title of the assignment, your name, the professor’s
name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are
not included in the required assignment page length.Include
charts or diagrams created in Visio or an equivalent such as Dia. The completed
diagrams / charts must be imported into the Word document before the paper is

The specific course
learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

the concepts of ethical hacking, different types of hacking, and penetration
testing techniques.Explain
and apply various hacking technologies and features that administrators deploy
to protect their networks. Review
system (Linux and Mac OS X) and networking device hacking techniques and
wired and wireless networking devices and standards, including routers, cables,
firewalls and access points, as well as the methods of hacking.Explain
physical security and its associated challenges.Use
technology and information resources to research issues in ethical hacking.Write
clearly and concisely about topics related to Perimeter Defense Techniques
using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.

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