Chapter 6: Security Technology: Access Controls, Firewalls, and VPNs

Exercises

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.

Examining the different types of software firewalls that are available, I found the top four “Software firewalls” based upon the cost, features and protection.

            1st Place: FortiGate

            2nd Place: Sonic Wall

            3rd Place: Check Point Next Gen Firewall

            4th Place: Cisco

4.)     Using the Internet, determine what applications are commercially available to enable secure remote access to a PC.

According to PCMag.com, the best remote access applications are RemotePC, TeamViewer, LogMeIn, GoToMyPC, RealVCN, and Splashtop. (https://www.pcmag.com/picks/the-best-remote-access-software)

Case Exercises

1.)    What questions do you think Kelvin should have included on his slide to start the discussion?

A few questions I think would be good discussion questions are: Do we need more complex firewall for our business, or can we get away with a simpler solution? What kind of security can we afford for our business? What kind of security do we need and how long would it take to implement?

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?

I think that the high security while keeping flexibility is very important for SLS because of the problems their business has encountered in the past. They would need to sacrifice some cost for a higher security firewall.

Ethical Decision Making

1.)    Is it unethical to produce a consulting report that steers a client toward a specific outcome?

Yes, I think it is unethical to create a consulting report to steer a client towards a certain outcome. Faking a report to get the business to get a better security but also costs more could be problematic for the business because it could be to expensive or they might not need that strong of security.

2.)    Would she be ethically sound to urge reconsideration of such a decision?

I believe that reconsideration of a decision to pick a security level would ethically sound. Questioning a decision that someone made is always okay when it comes to checking what they really need and not pushing your own ideas on their business especially if they don’t need it.