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CST 630 Project 4 Secure Videoconferencing Communications


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Project 4

Step 1: Develop Functional Requirements for Videoconferencing


The first step in your proposal for a secure videoconferencing system is to develop a set of functional requirements for videoconferencing that you believe the media company will nee based on its geographic dispersion and business needs.

In developing those requirements, research three videoconferencing solutions such as Skype, GotoMeeting, Polycom, and Cisco Webex and explain their capabilities, advantages, and disadvantages. Identify costs as well as implementation and support requirements.

The functional requirements and the three possible solutions will be a section of your Proposal for Secure Videoconferencing. In the next step, you will review the challenges of implementing those solutions.

Step 2: Discuss Implementation Challenges

In the previous step, you outlined the requirements for secure videoconferencing for the company and outlined three potential solutions. Part of your final proposal should also include the advantages and disadvantages of the implementation options for the three systems you selected. This section of the proposal also must include the changes the media company will need to make to implement the systems.

Additionally, explain how system administration or privileged identity management will operate with these systems. You will also need to examine how data exfiltration will occur with each of the new systems.

The changes to the systems and challenges for the implementation of these potential solutions will be an important section of your Proposal for Secure Videoconferencing. In the next step, you will take a closer look at the track records of each of the potential videoconferencing vendors.



Step 3: Identify Vendor Risks

You've finished outlining the pros and cons of three videoconferencing systems. Now, it'S time to take a close look at how they serve their clients. This will take some research. Look at the systems' known vulnerabilities and exploits. Examine and explain the past history of each vendor with normal notification timelines, release of patches, or work-arounds (solutions within the system without using a patch). Your goal is to know the timeliness of response with each company in helping customers stay secure.

This step will be a section of your Proposal for Secure Videoconferencing.

In the next step, you will outline best practices for secure videoconferencing that will be part of your overall proposal to management



Step 4: Develop Best Practices for Secure Videoconferencing

The last few steps have been devoted to analyzing potential videoconferencing solutions. But obtaining a trusted vendor is just part of the security efforts. Another important step is to ensure that users and system administrators conduct the company's videoconferencing in a secure manner. In this step, outline security best practices for videoconferencing that you would like users and systems  administrators to follow. Discuss how these best practices will improve security and minimize risks of  data exfiltration as well as snooping.

This "best practices" section will be part of the overall Proposal for Secure Videoconferencing.

In the next step, you will develop system integrity checks within a virtual lab environment.



Step 5: Develop System Integrity  Checks

As part of the overall proposal, the CISO has asked you to develop system integrity checks for files shared between users of the videoconferencing systems. These checks will ensure file  protection and prevent exfiltration of sensitive files.

The lab exercise will show how this is done. In this step, you will generate a lab report that will be part of your final assignment. The lab instructions will tell you what the report needs to contain.


You will use the tools in Workspace for this step. If you need help outside the classroom, you can register for the CLAB 699 Cyber Computing Lab Assistance (go to the Discussions List for registration information). Lab assistants are available to help.

Click here to access the instructions for Navigating the Workspace and the lab Setup.

Click here to access the Project Workspace Exercise Instructions.  Explore the tutorials and user  guides to learn more about the tools you will use. Then, enter Workspace (http://virtualdesktop.umuc.edu/).

This will be a section of your Proposal for Secure Videoconferencing.

Now, you are ready for the final step, which will be to put all of the components of the proposal together for management. Remember, your task is to recommend the best videoconferencing system for the company. Part of that proposal includes a set of high-level executive briefing slides.



Step 6: Submit Your Proposal for  Secure Videoconferencing and All Related Materials

It’s time to prepare your materials on secure videoconferencing for management. Your task is to recommend a system that best meets the business functionality and security requirements of the company. As part of that recommendation, you will also prepare a set of high-level executive briefing slides to give the CEO and CIO an overview of your study.

The assignments for this project are as follows:

  1. 1.      Executive briefing: This is a three- to five-slide visual presentation for business executives and board members.
  2. 2.      Executive summary: This is a one-page summary at the beginning of your Proposal for Secure Videoconferencing.
  3. 3.      Proposal for Secure Videoconferencing: Your report should be a minimum six-page double- spaced Word document with citations in APA format. The page count does not include figures, diagrams, tables or citations.
  4. 4.      Lab report: Generated from Workspace.

Submit all four components to the assignment folder.

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