Project #58412 - Security Analysis Sample Cybersecurity Profile For the IRS

The organization  selected for this project is the Internal Revenue Service



Every organization must create a cybersecurity profile (system security plan (SSP)) for all of its major and minor information systems. The cybersecurity profile documents the current and planned controls for the system and addresses security concerns that may affect the system's operating environment. The cybersecurity profile includes security categorizations and security controls, and is included in the certification and accreditation package. For this project, you will create a sample cybersecurity profile describing the security posture of your selected organization.


Learning Objectives 

After completing this project, students will be able to


  1. Select and incorporate appropriate management, technical, and operational security controls into a system security plan.
  2. Integrate and evaluate management, technical, and operational controls in the context of an information security program.
  3. Develop a sample System Security Plan for an information system.


Your sample cybersecurity profile should be at least five full pages, double spaced, 1-inch margins, in New Times Roman 12-pitch font, with a cover page (name, course number, date, title of paper) and a reference page. The cover page and reference page are not included in the five-page minimum. Papers not meeting the five full-page minimum will lose points. You must have at least three sources, correctly formatted per APA guidelines. Submit your research paper to the appropriate TurnItIn assignment area by the due date.


Detailed Description of Learning Activity

  1. Read NIST Special Publication 800-53 Rev 4 Guide for Assessing the Security Controls in Federal Information Systems and Organizations, Building Effective Security Assessment Plans.
  2. Review the sample System Security Plan template in the Project Description area of the classroom
  3. Select one management, one technical, and one operational control from the eighteen family controls that apply to your selected organization (i.e., AU - Audit and Accountability).
  4. Describe each family control. Include why these controls are required.
  5. For each family control, select two associated family identifiers (i.e., AU-3 Content of Audit Records).
  6. Describe each associated family identifier, describe the implementation status as it relates to your selected organization's security program, and describe how your selected organization implements the family identifer.
  7. Write your sample cybersecurity profile. At a minimum, the profile should include
    1. an Introduction that includes the purpose of your paper and introduces security profiles as they relate to your selected organization
    2. an Analysis section that includes Items 3–6 above
    3. a Conclusion that summarizes what you wrote
    4. You are encouraged to use the sample SSP template as an example for how to document your research.
  8. Use spell and grammar check before submitting. It is also a good idea to have someone else read your paper. You should also review the grading rubric below to ensure that you have all the graded components.
  9. Submit the project to TurnItIn by the due date.

Subject Computer
Due By (Pacific Time) 02/21/2015 12:00 pm
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