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Enterprise Key Management

As a security architect and cryptography specialist for Superior Health Care, you’re familiar with the information systems throughout the company and the ranges of sensitivity in the information that is used, stored, and transmitted.

You’re also expected to understand health care regulations and guidelines because you’re responsible for advising the chief information security officer, or CISO, on a range of patient services, including the confidentiality and integrity of billing, payments, and insurance claims processing, as well as the security of patient information covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA.

You also have a team of security engineers, SEs, that help implement new cryptographic plans and policies and collaborate with the IT deployment and operations department during migrations to new technology initiatives.

This week, the CISO calls you into his office to let you know about the company’s latest initiative.

“We’re implementing eFi, web-based electronic health care, and that means we need to modernize our enterprise key management system during the migration,” he says.

The CISO asks for an enterprise key management plan that identifies the top components, possible solutions, comparisons of each solution, risks and benefits, and proposed risk mitigations.

The plan will help create an enterprise key management system.

The SEs would be responsible for the implementation, operation, and maintenance of the plan and system.

The CISO also wants you to come up with an enterprise key management policy that provides processes, procedures, rules of behavior, and training.

The new web-based system needs to be running in a month. So, you’ll have a week to put together your enterprise key management plan and the accompanying policy.

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Project 1: Enterprise Key Management
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In the previous course, you learned how security professionals employ cryptography, a system of algorithms that hide data. You learned systems can be unlocked with a key provided to those who have a need to know that data. An important part of cryptography is how to manage these keys to the kingdom. This involves learning and understanding enterprise key management systems and concepts.

Cryptography is the application of algorithms to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data, while it is at rest, in motion, or in use. Cryptography systems can include local encryptions at the file or disk level or databases. Cryptography systems can also extend to an enterprise-wide public key infrastructure for whole agencies or corporations.

The following are the deliverables for this project:

Deliverables

  1. Enterprise Key Management Plan: An      eight- to 10-page double-spaced Word document with citations in APA      format. The page count does not include figures, diagrams, tables, or      citations.
  2. Enterprise Key Management Policy: A      two- to three-page double-spaced Word document.
  3. Lab Report: A      Word document sharing your lab experience along with screenshots.

There are seven steps to complete the project. Most steps of this project should take no more than two hours to complete. The entire project should take no more than one week to complete. Begin with the workplace scenario, and then continue to Step 1, “Identify Components of Key Management.”

Project 1: Enterprise Key Management
Step 1: Identify Components of Key Management

Key management will be an important aspect of the new electronic protected health information (e-PHI). Key management is often considered the most difficult part of designing a cryptosystem.

Choose a fictitious or an actual organization. The idea is to provide an overview of the current state of enterprise key management for Superior Health Care.

Review these authentication resources to learn about authentication and the characteristics of key management.

Provide a high-level, top-layer network view (diagram) of the systems in Superior Health Care. The diagram can be a bubble chart or Visio drawing of a simple network diagram with servers. Conduct independent research to identify a suitable network diagram.

Read these resources on data at rest, data in use, and data in motion.

Identify data at rest, data in use, and data in motion as it could apply to your organization. Start by focusing on where data are stored and how data are accessed.

Review these resources on insecure handling and identify areas where insecure handling may be a concern for your organization.

Incorporate this information in your key management plan.

In the next step, you will consider key management capabilities.

Step 2: Learn Key Management Capabilities

You have successfully examined the major components of an enterprise key management system for Superior Health Care. Enter Workspace and complete the “Enterprise Key Management” exercise. Conduct independent research on public key infrastructure as it applies to your organization.

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Lab Instructions

Getting Help

To obtain lab assistance, fill out the support request form.

Make sure you fill out the fields on the form as shown below:

  • Case Type: UMGC Virtual Labs Support
  • Customer Type: Student (Note: faculty should choose Staff/Faculty)
  • SubType: ELM-Cyber (CST/DFC/CBR/CYB)
  • SubType Detail: Pick the category that best fits the issue you are      experiencing
  • Email: The email that you currently use for classroom communications

In the form’s description box, provide information about the issue. Include details such as steps taken, system responses, and add screenshots or supporting documents.

In the next step, you will identify the key management gaps, risks, solutions, and challenges found in corporations.

Professionals in the Field

Being able to interact with a variety of stakeholders is a skill set on which you will want to evaluate yourself and improve where necessary so that you can present that skill on paper and in person. 

As an example, consider the range of stakeholders in a health care setting: medical techs, doctors, data entry clerks, office and hospital administrators. Now consider the three technical domains that are interlinked in this setting: cybersecurity needs, the practice of medicine, and the legal requirements of HIPAA. 

Hypothetically, which of these audiences might you need to talk to before, during, and after your team of SEs implements your p

Step 3: Identify Key Management Gaps, Risks, Solutions, and Challenges

In a previous step, you identified the key components of an enterprise key management system. In this step, you will conduct independent research on key management issues in existing organizations. You will use this research to help identify gaps in key management, in each of the key management areas within Superior Health Care.

Conduct independent research to identify typical gaps in key management within organizations. Incorporate and cite actual findings within your key management plan. If unable to find data on real organizations, use authoritative material discussing typical gaps.

Identify crypto attacks and other risks to the cryptographic systems posed by these gaps. Read these resources to brush up on your understanding of crypto attacks.

Propose solutions organizations may use to address these gaps and identify necessary components of these solutions.

Finally, identify challenges, including remedies, other organizations have faced in implementing a key management system.

Include this information in your enterprise key management plan.

Provide a summary table of the information within your key management plan.

Incorporate this information in your implementation plan.

In the next step, you will provide additional ideas for the chief information security officer (CISO) to consider.

Step 4: Provide Additional Considerations for the CISO

You have satisfactorily identified key management gaps. Incorporate these additional objectives of an enterprise key management system as you compile information for the CISO.

  1. Explain the      uses of encryption and the benefits of securing communications by hash      functions and other types of encryption. When discussing encryption, be      sure to evaluate and assess whether or not to incorporate file encryption,      full disc encryption, and partition encryption. Discuss the benefits of      using triple DES or other encryption technologies. To complete this task,      review the following resources:
    1. uses of encryption
    2. types of encryption
    3. hash functions
  2. Describe the      use and purpose of hashes and digital signatures in providing message      authentication and integrity. Review these resources on authentication to      further your understanding. Focus on resources pertaining to message      authentication.
  3. Review the      resources related to cryptanalysis. Explain the      use of cryptography and cryptanalysis in data confidentiality.      Cryptanalysts are a very technical and specialized workforce. Your      organization already has a workforce of security engineers (SEs).      Cryptanalysts could be added to support part of the operation and      maintenance functions of the enterprise key management system. Conduct      research on the need, cost, and benefits of adding cryptanalysts to the      organization’s workforce. Determine if it will be more effective to      develop the SEs to perform these tasks. Discuss alternative ways for      obtaining cryptanalysis if the organization chooses not to maintain this new      skilled community in-house.
  4. Research and      explain the concepts and practices commonly used for data confidentiality:      the private and public key protocol for authentication, public key      infrastructure (PKI), the X.509 cryptography standard, and PKI security.      Read about the following cryptography and identity management      concepts: public key infrastructure and      the X.509 cryptography standard.

Keep in mind that sometimes it takes considerable evidence and research for organizational leaders to buy in and provide resources.

Incorporate this information in your implementation plan.

In the next step, you will provide information on different cryptographic systems for the CISO.

Step 5: Analyze Cryptographic Systems

In the previous step, you covered aspects of cryptographic methods. In this step, you will recommend cryptographic systems that your organization should consider procuring.

Independently research commercially available enterprise key management system products, discuss at least two systems, and recommend a system for Superior Health Care.

Describe the cryptographic system, its effectiveness, and its efficiencies.

Provide an analysis of the trade-offs of different cryptographic systems.

Review and include information learned from conducting independent research on the following topics:

  • security index rating
  • level of complexity
  • availability or utilization of      system resources

Include information on the possible complexity and expense of implementing and operating various cryptographic ciphers. Check out these resources on ciphers to familiarize yourself with the topic.

Incorporate this information in your implementation plan.

In the next step, you will begin final work on the enterprise key management plan.

The following exercise, Introduction to Cryptographic Tools, is to introduce you to or help you better understand some basic cryptographic concepts and tools for both encryption and decryption processes.

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Lab Instructions

Getting Help

To obtain lab assistance, fill out the support request form.

Make sure you fill out the fields on the form as shown below:

  • Case Type: UMGC      Virtual Labs Support
  • Customer Type: Student      (Note: faculty should choose Staff/Faculty)
  • SubType: ELM-Cyber      (CST/DFC/CBR/CYB)
  • SubType Detail: Pick      the category that best fits the issue you are experiencing
  • Email: The      email that you currently use for classroom communications

In the form’s description box, provide information about the issue. Include details such as steps taken, system responses, and add screenshots or supporting documents.

Step 6: Develop the Enterprise Key Management Plan

In the previous steps, you gathered information about systems used elsewhere. Using the materials produced in those steps, develop your Enterprise Key Management Plan for implementation, operation, and maintenance of the new system. Address these as separate sections in the plan.

In this plan, you will identify the key components, the possible solutions, the risks, and benefits comparisons of each solution, and proposed mitigations to the risks. These, too, should be considered as a separate section or could be integrated within the implementation, operation, and maintenance sections.

A possible outline could be:

  • Introduction
  • Purpose
  • Key Components
  • Implementation
  • Operation
  • Maintenance
  • Benefits and Risks
  • Summary/Conclusion

The following are the deliverables for this segment of the project:

Deliverables

· Enterprise Key Management Plan: An eight- to 10-page double-spaced Word document with citations in APA format. The page count does not include figures, diagrams, tables, or citations.

· Lab Report: A Word document sharing your lab experience along with screenshots.

Submit your deliverables to the Assignments folder in the final step of the project.

Step 7: Develop the Enterprise Key Management Policy

The final step in this project requires you to use the information from the previous steps to develop the Enterprise Key Management Policy. The policy governs the processes, procedures, rules of behavior, and training for users and administrators of the enterprise key management system.

Research similar policy documents used by other organizations and adapt an appropriate example to create your policy.

Review and discuss the following within the policy:

Discuss different scenarios and hypothetical situations. For example, the policy could require that when employees leave the company, their digital certificates must be revoked within 24 hours. Another could require that employees must receive initial and annual security training.

Include at least three scenarios and provide policy standards, guidance, and procedures that would be invoked by the enterprise key management policy. Each statement should be short and should define what someone would have to do to comply with the policy.

The following is the deliverable for this segment of the project:

Deliverables

· Enterprise Key Management Policy: A two- to three-page double-spaced Word document.

Check Your Evaluation Criteria

Before you submit your assignment, review the competencies below, which your instructor will use to evaluate your work. A good practice would be to use each competency as a self-check to confirm you have incorporated all of them. To view the complete grading rubric, click My Tools, select Assignments from the drop-down menu, and then click the project title.

· 1.1: Organize document or presentation clearly in a manner that promotes understanding and meets the requirements of the assignment.

· 1.2: Develop coherent paragraphs or points so that each is internally unified and so that each functions as part of the whole document or presentation.

· 1.3: Provide sufficient, correctly cited support that substantiates the writer’s ideas.

· 1.4: Tailor communications to the audience.

· 2.1: Identify and clearly explain the issue, question, or problem under critical consideration.

· 2.2: Locate and access sufficient information to investigate the issue or problem.

· 2.3: Evaluate the information in a logical and organized manner to determine its value and relevance to the problem.

· 2.4: Consider and analyze information in context to the issue or problem.

· 2.5: Develop well-reasoned ideas, conclusions or decisions, checking them against relevant criteria and benchmarks.

· 5.1: Knowledge of procedures, tools, and applications used to keep data or information secure, including public key infrastructure, point-to-point encryption, and smart cards.

· 7.3: Knowledge of methods and tools used for risk management and mitigation of risk.

· 7.4: Knowledge of policies, processes, and technologies that are used to create a balanced approach to identifying and assessing risks to information assets, personnel, facilities, and equipment, and to manage mitigation strategies that achieve the security needed at an affordable cost

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