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ISEC 655 Case Study – An Analysis of the Secom Case


Please review “Secom – Managing Security in a Risky World.” It details the decision environment related to cybersecurity and in many ways illustrates the struggle between security and operations that has been discussed in your texts.

This assignment is due Feb. 25, 2024 by 11:59 p.m. – No Exceptions; late submission will receive an automatic 20% deduction in the grade.

For this paper, I would like you to read the case completely and answer the following using the materials in the case study, the textbook, videos, PowerPoint files, and any other resources that I have provided in this class in order to justify your answers:

A. Discuss the organization.

a. What business is it in?

b. What are its strengths and weaknesses?

c. What are their opportunities?

d. Who are their customers and what do they have to do to satisfy them?

B. Discuss the issue and decision factors.

a. What is the decision to be made in the case?

b. What facts are relevant to a solution? How are the relevant to the problem?

c. What are the decision criteria?

C. Discuss the alternative solutions.

a. What are the alternative solutions?

b. What is your evaluation of each alternative given the decision criteria? What are the pros and cons of each? (Back this up with some metrics, analytics, justifications from case, etc.)

c. Which solution do you think is best, and why? (Again, make a case here using facts!)

D. Describe the implementation of your solution.

a. What would your plan of action be to implement the solution? (Answer this by outlining your plan into who, what, where, when, why, and how.)

b. What do you think the results will be and why? (One last time, you have to make a case for this using facts and research.)

Your paper should consist of six sections:

1. Executive Summary (A very brief summary of sections 2-5)

2. Introduction (Addresses A above)

3. Problem Description (Addresses B above)

4. Alternative Solutions (Addresses C above)

5. Solution Implementation (Addresses D above)

6. Conclusion (Summarizes sections 2-5 in more detail)


Some points of clarification.

· There is no minimum or maximum page count. The paper should be as long as it needs to be in order to fully address the sections above. However, I do expect that papers will not go over 12 to 15 pages. Of course, you can use less.

· Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, 1” margins, double-spaced.

· APA formatting for all references in text and for the reference section, as well as throughout the entire paper (see posted formatting requirements in Announcements in Canvas).

· Be smart with how you construct your paper with respect to headings. If you give me six level one headings, it will make it much more difficult for me to discern if you have addressed each area. Instead, use the six level one headings (for each of the six sections), and answer each question using a level two heading dedicated to the issue that you are addressing.

· There are case analysis and writing resources for you in the resources section. Please make use of them.