Network Solution for Credit Card Processing

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Problem Statement: After transitioning out of the military, you were contracted by a medium-sized start-up company that processes credit card transactions on a daily basis. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and other business staff have no knowledge of network security or the threats they face. They have an open position for a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), but have yet to fill it. Thus, they hire you for your expertise in network security, firewalls, and VPN solutions.



  • Prepare a 4 to 6-page Word document using outline below(not including the title page and the reference page).
  • All sections are represented (Sections 1.0 – 4.0). Include headers to define the outline requirements
  • Paper in APA format with proper citations and references. Times New Roman or Arial font, font size 12. You may use resources from the APUS Online Library, any library, government library, or any peer-reviewedreference (Wikipedia and any other publicly-reviewed source are not accepted)
  • Utilized correct grammar and spelling.
  • The paper will be subjected to checking against plagiarism. The paper must follow acceptable originality criteria (no more than 15% max total, and 2% per individual source match are allowed).
  • The key to this assignment is to demonstrate your understanding of the topics, not to re-word the text or reference material.

Outline Assignment:

This is a short term engagement that lasts 30 days. As the company’s subject matter expert/consultant, the CEO wants a 4-6 Page report at the end of your assignment.  The CEO tells you they will have remote users, so firewall and VPN technologies are needed. They provided you with the outline to use. Include headers to define the following outline requirements in your paper

  1. Introduction
  2. Overview of network security fundamentals, security threats, and issues (discuss from a companywide standpoint).
  3. Detailed network security recommendations
    • Fundamentals of firewalls and VPNs
    • Recommendations for firewall and VPN solutions for the new company
    • Recommendations for implementing your proposed solution
    • Practices that you will use to ensure security within the enterprise if they hire you long term
  4. Summary/Conclusion — should be short, a paragraph or two
    • Subsection 3.1
    • Subsection 3.2

References (in APA Style formatting).

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