1. Using the web, search for “software firewalls”. Examine the various alternatives available and compare their functionality, cost, features, and type of protection. Create a weighted ranking according to your own evaluation of the features and specifications of each software package.
- Bitdefender Total Security is a paid software with many features including anti-phishing and anti-fraud. They also include an antivirus software. The cost is 34.99 a year.
- Nortan Antivirus has a firewall with their paid subscription. They include many features like Secure VPNs and cloud backup. The cost is 39.99 a year.
- Windows Defender is a free firewall software. They offer antivirus and some features like Anti-phishing.
Taking all of this into account I think investing in one of the paid softwares would be more beneficial. You have more features and its more reliable. Going cheap on security isn’t a good idea.
4. Using the internet, determine what applications are commercially available to enable secure remote access to a PC.
Applications that allow remote access to PC have been around for a long time. Teamviewer is one of the older remote access applications. Windows also has a remote access application with many features. There are also many other applications around for commercial use.
1) What questions do you think Kelvin should have included on his slide to start the discussion?
- How do we want to improve security?
- What types of security systems would be best for us?
- How much can we spend on security?
- Can we secure our system at a low cost?
These questions would give SLS a good idea on what needs to be talked about. By asking these questions, Kelvin will know where to start.
2) If the questions were broken down into two categories, they would be cost versus maintaining high security while keeping flexibility. Which is more important for SLS?
Maintaining high security would be more important for SLS. They have been broken into before and need to work on securing their systems. If they work towards maintaining better security, they wouldn’t have to spend as much to clean up the messes that were caused from not having good security in place.
Ethical Decision Making
1) Is it unethical to produce a consulting report that steers a client toward a specific outcome?
It would be unethical to produce a report that is meant to lead the client down a pre-determined outcome. The report is made to help the client come to a decision. If the report is trying to lead the client to a specific outcome, then they aren’t allowing them to make their own choice. The client is there for guidance and is not there to be manipulated.
2) Would she be ethically sound to urge reconsideration of such a decision?
Yes it would be an ethical move to ask them to reconsider. The company should put security at the top of the budget, not try to get the cheapest prices.