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School of Computer and Information Science. Secure and High Integrity System (INFT 3002). Workshop 3 Tutor: William Yeoh [email protected] Task: Your group is a small newly formed IT Security Consultancy and recently have been employed on your first case.

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workshop 3 tutor william yeoh gingsun yeoh@unisa edu au
School of Computer and Information Science

Secure and High Integrity System (INFT 3002)

Workshop 3

Tutor: William Yeoh

[email protected]

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Task: Your group is a small newly formed IT Security Consultancy and recently have been employed on your first case
  • Abraham is a health administrator (MD) but he has no modern technical understanding of IT security issues.
  • Abraham has had no problems with IT Security until very recently when the Hospital’s network was subject to a series of attacks. In the period of 3 days, the Hospital’s website was defaced, a serious virus infected the Hospital’s e-mail and large quantities of data were corrupted
  • Abraham wonders why this is happening and he questions whether there is a link to his company’s partnership with a large Health Insurance Company. He is also concerned to find out who might be attacking his network and why.
  • He is very anxious to grow his business and knows that he needs quickly to implement some security measures so as to pass an external audit (he has had nothing more than some proprietary and outdated anti-virus software until now).
today s task
Today’s task

5. How can he protect his network? Currently it is a simple LAN, some databases, a mail server and a web server but he wants to add some E-Commerce functionality very soon. What will happen when his staff use wireless enabled PDA’s for the collection of patient data?

6. Why might hackers be attacking his network; why would they be interested in his company?

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Three Tier Architectures

LAN

Backend Layer

Web Server Layer

Mid-tier Layer

Applications

server

Load-balancing

DNS

Mainframe

Mail server

Router

Web

server

ERP

System

DB server

Internet

Database

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Three-Tier Client/Server
  • A three-tier architecture builds on the traditional two-tier approach.
  • Three-tier architecture usually represents either of :-
  • (1) first tier is the client, the second tier is the Web server, and the third tier consists of applications and their databases.
    • (2) first tier is the web server layer, second tier is a mid-tier layer with servers, third tier is a backend layer with backend systems (see diagram)
  • Important aspect is that there is another layer between the front-end (request source) and a service layer (eg with applications or databases)
technologies suggestion and justification for e commerce functionality
Technologies Suggestion and Justification for e-commerce functionality
  • Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

- partitioning the internal network from the Internet.

- prevents outside users from getting direct access to sensitive data such as database and legacy information

  • Router

- as traffic cop adjudicating and managing inbound and outbound traffic flow

  • Hardware based Firewall

- more hacker proof

technologies suggestion and justification for e commerce functionality1
Technologies Suggestion and Justification for e-commerce functionality
  • Intrusion Detection System (IDS)

-IDS evaluates a suspected intrusion and signals an alarm

  • Load Balancer

- load balancing switches can distribute the load equally among the servers.

-the failure of any one machine does not cause a problem

-easy to add capacity in an incremental way

  • Web server

- how well it works with the operating system and other servers,

-its ability to handle server-side programming, security characteristics

technologies suggestion and justification for e commerce functionality2
Technologies Suggestion and Justification for e-commerce functionality
  • Application server

- J2EE AS, J2EE platform that enables full leverage Java Servlets, JSPs, EJBs and JMS

  • Anti-virus software

- periodical update of virus definition to protect network and prevent Trojan infections

  • Mainframe

- very large processing capacity, used to serve distributed users and Web application servers in network

  • Legacy systems

- the temporary databases from the operations

what will happen when his staff use wireless enabled pda s for the collection of patient data
What will happen when his staff use wireless enabled PDA’s for the collection of patient data?

Nichols and Lekkas (2002) defined four types:

  • Wireless system with a fixed supporting infrastructure
  • Wireless system communicating directly through satellites only
  • Fully mobile wireless data networks
  • Wireless system with no supporting infrastructure
threats
Threats

Looking more specifically at Wireless PDAs, the threats are:

  • Jamming
  • Interception
  • Physical vulnerabilities (such as handsets requiring low-power security measures)
wired equivalent privacy wep
Wired equivalent privacy (WEP)
  • In order for WLAN transmissions to be as secure as LAN transmission, WEP is part of the 802.11 wireless standard and may be enabled for a WLAN.
  • It is RSA data encryption travelling in a network as radio waves instead of via cable. It is implemented in the MAC (medium access control) layer of 802.11 which is common to all nodes in a WLAN.
  • The principal shortcoming of WEP is that the keys are static and must somehow be manually shared between the various nodes of the WLAN.
virtual private network vpn tunnelling
Virtual private network (VPN) tunnelling
  • VPN tunnelling is a security measure which may overlay all of this to provide a higher level of security.
  • It works by creating a secure virtual “tunnel” on top of from the one party right through to their access point.
q6 why might hackers be attacking his network why would they be interested in his company
Q6. Why might hackers be attacking his network; why would they be interested in his company?

Reasons (& who) for hacking:

  • To make profit- prof hackers, selling sensitive data to third parties
  • For satisfaction – neutral hackers, to prove their capability
  • For policy& price setting - Insurance companies, for decision support &profits
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dissaticfaction – disgruntled employee, for revenge
  • Business competition – competitor, may employ hackers/spy, for decision making
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Q &A

Group

Discussions

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