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This an for students to apply their understanding of practical security concepts, network design and security implementation skills gained from lectures, studying the online curriculum, discussion as well as self-study and online research.
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You are required to design, setup and implement a secure network infrastructure for a TAFE NSW. You need to do your research in order to provide a through and workable design. You should also show your research results in your written report.
To complete this Project properly with all required documentations is not a trivial task. It is important that you read and understand each requirement and complete all tasks as study progress.
Due date for the project is 12pm, Friday, 1st Nov 2019 (week 12). You need to submit a written report (Microsoft word .docx format) and a working Packet Tracer file (.pkt format). Use the link in Moodle for submission.
General Requirements and suggestions
This Report is to be completed as group work. Form a group of 2-3 members.
You should plan and complete the Report on a weekly basis so that all tasks can be completed properly. Leaving the Report to the very last day(s) will result in an unprofessional research report.
The configuration must be working and is based on your Topology design.
Use Packet Tracer version 7.1 for your configuration.
Some part of your design may not work in Packet Tracer. You can include a Limitation section in your report to show that you plan to and can do the parts that are not supported in Packet Tracer.
All information sources must be appropriately acknowledged and a full bibliography is required. Failure to do so could result in severe penalties.
Research using internet would be helpful. Make sure you state the source of the materials. Refer to the referencing format in Moodle.
Plagiarism: It is expected that this will be completely your own work. Therefore using the “cut and paste” approach will not be accepted. TurnItIn would be helpful in checking the percentage of your own work. Check Moodle for how to submit using TurnItIn.
Green Powered Electricity Supplier (GPES) is a relatively small but fast growing electricity retail supplier in NSW. GPES is keen on reducing cost; improve efficiency, increase market share and profitability. They have hired John Winterbottom as new CEO who is a tech savvy and very enthusiastic about technologies such as 5G and penetration of IoT in every walks of our lives. In order to achieve the goals set forward by the company as far growth and profitability is concerned; he comes with a new business initiative where GPES is to opt for automatic electricity utility bill generation system. The system is to be highly available and secure and work with internet connected electricity meters powered by latest IoT using 5G technology installed on customer’s premises. This, he argues will reduce the cost, increase efficiency and ultimately improves the bottom line when comes to profitability.
Starting in first quarter of 2020, the company is planning to install the new meters to all their customer premises, business as well as their domestic customers. In the first phase, meters will be installed to the premises of the business customers only, which numbers around 150 customers site. Electricity usage data from the meters are to be automatically uploaded on weekly basis. GPES also requires that electricity usage data be read remotely from the company if required. Depending on what customers choose, the system should generate electricity utility bill every month or quarterly. Bills will be automatically emailed to the customers and or a printed version is generated and posted to the customers if required. The system should also be able to generate automatic reminder notification for the bills not paid on time. Notifications should be in the form of email or hard copy send to the customer.
GPES has opened two regional branches in Melbourne and in Brisbane to cover Victoria and Queensland market place as part of GPES drive toward nationwide coverage. GPES also supports staff to work at home. GPES business structure includes the following departments:
1-      Management
2-      Engineering
3-      Sales
4-      Marketing
5-      IT support
6-      HR
7-      Accounts
8-      Customer Support
Your task is 2-folds:
Task 1: Written Report
Need analysis and implementation plan for GPES HQ: 
GPES HQ is to be designed based on the latest integrated LAN enterprise architecture with security, high availability, redundancy and load balancing at its core. Your analysis should include but not limited to:
–     Authentication,
–     Authorization,
–      Accounting/logging.
Security of IoT enabled meters:
Your written report must thoroughly discuss, but not limited to:
–      legislative compliance issue relating to IoT enabled meters
–      suitability of protocols and technologies to read meters remotely
–      protecting GPES enterprise networks from IoT enabled meters exploits.
Task 2: Network design and configuration
As proof of concept, you are to prototype the proposed design of your GPES enterprise network using Cisco Packet Tracer version 7.1 for the configuration. Your small-scale network should include a site for the HQ LAN network and one of the branch offices of your choice.
Industrial best practice and recommendations should be adopted. For GPES HQ LAN, you may consider a three-zone security model: internal, external and DMZ.
For the HQ network, you should also consider, but not limited to:
–    VLANs (choose no less than 3 vlans)
–    DHCP service,
–    Server-based AAA service, with TACACS+ and/or RADIUS servers,
–    NTP, Web Server, FTP Server, TFTP server, etc.
–    LAN security,
–    Syslog Server,
–    ASA firewalls,
–    Authenticate devices connected to the network through switch ports.
Communication between the HQ and the branch office should be secure.
–    Site-to-site VPN should be use
–    HQ uses a Cisco ASA firewall.
–    For the firewall in the branch office, you may use Cisco ASA firewall or Cisco router with IOS zone based firewall support. Whichever security appliance you choose, you are required to have a brief discussion about each in your report with reasoning and justification for your choice.
You should also include some home office users’ connections.
To ensure that you can apply most of the knowledge, make sure you are using the latest IOS you can get for all the devices. You should also make sure that your ASA Firewall is running the latest IOS, and upgrade from base licence to Security Plus licence. To use Security Plus licence on ASA Firewall, configure the activation-key using the follow command:
ASA# activation-key 0x1321CF73 0xFCB68F7E 0x801111DC 0xB554E4A4 0x0F3E008D
The version of Packet Tracer (v7.1) can only support most of the configuration you may need in this project. However, there may still be some commands/configurations, according to your design, that may not be supported. If this is the case, you can include these design and configurations in your recommendation. Marks will be deducted if you put configuration/commands that are supported by Packet Tracer in the recommendation.
You are required to deliver a professional piece of work and a working Packet Tracer file. The report is expected to be concise, systematic and well-organised in a logical manner. A descriptive report is not recommended. The length of the body of the report should be between 2000 – 3000 words (excluding IP address scheme, page title, abstract, references and appendix, etc.). The report must have a cover page. Supporting materials and references should be part of the Appendix.
Your report should include, but not limited to, the following sections:
–   An abstract summarizing your report
–   A table of contents
–  The objectives of the report
–   Network Topology
–   Research and discussion about your choice of design
–   Conclusions and/or Recommendations
–   Reference/bibliography
–   appendices
Your Packet Tracer file should have:
–   the test network topology you designed
–   fully working configurations which match the contents of your report.
*        You must use Packet Tracer v7.1
If you use a different way to configure your design other than Packet Tracer, you have to convert your final configurations into Packet Tracer:
–          commands that do not supported by Packet Tracer should be included in the written report.
Your report will be assessed based on:
–   Neatness and professional presentation
–   Show your understanding of IT security requirement, in the context of modern corporate environment
–   Scope and areas covered.
–   Rationales for your design, suggestions and recommendations
–   How practical are your recommendations
–   A general, basic or even shallow discussion will ended up with bad result
–   Extensive and in-depth discussion will get you good mark.
Report submission (Turnitin)
You need to submit your work using the link in Moodle. If you are not familiar with Turnitin, refer to the Turnitin Guide for Students in Useful Resources in Moodle. Make sure only ONEmember of your group submits the report and the working Packet Tracer file. Name you report and Packet Tracer file as follow:
Incorrect filename and format will not be marked.
Late submission: for every day delay, 5 marks will be deduced from your final score.
Plagiarism is considered academic dishonesty. To avoid a charge of plagiarism, all idea/work which is not your own original idea/work must be cited appropriately. Consequences of plagiarism will result in zero mark. To the extreme, you may end up being suspended or expelled.
You can use Turnitin to check for originality of your report.
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