Data breach at Equifax.

Description
This assignment requires students to analyze a case relevant to the vulnerabilities that were exploited, and recovery measures pursued, in the Equifax incident. 
Required Materials
Srinivasan, S., Pitcher, Q., & Goldberg, J. S. (2017). Data breach at Equifax. Harvard Business School Publishing.
Instructions

Review readings from unit 1.
Thoroughly read the case. It is recommended that you read 2-3 times.
Prepare a 5-page report (12-point font, double spaced not including the title page or reference page), that addresses the following questions:

Identify the key factors that created the weak security situation in a company.
Discuss vulnerabilities that were exploited in Equifax incident. Provide assessment of appropriate organizational and security controls that were put in place by the company before the breach.
Consider the measures the company has taken to recover from the incident.
Evaluate post-attack security measures. Discuss and prioritise the risks.
Could have this incident been prevented
Evaluate the company’s response to this incident and the measures proposed by US government. Which of these measures can be adopted by other companies?

Evaluation
Individual Case Report #4 will be marked in its entirety out of 100. The following rubric indicates the criteria students are to adhere to, and their relative weights to the assignment overall.

ACTIVITY/COMPETENCIES DEMONSTRATED 

% of Final Grade

1. Content (60%)

 

a. Described the background of the company (Note: This section should set the context for the analysis)

/15

b. Clearly stated the problem faced by DataClear and its leadership (Note: What specifically is the decision to be made within the context of the case? Ensure you specifically differentiate between the problem and its symptoms.)

/10

c. Demonstrated a thorough analysis supported by academic as well as other sources (Note: The analysis should be in response to the posed case questions and should incorporate assigned readings, the case and external sources.)

/25

d. Presented recommendations (action plan) (Note: Ensure your recommendations are supported by evidence from readings and research). 

/10

2. Communication (25%)

 

a. Effective use of the English language – spelling/grammar, sentence/paragraph structure, etc.

/15

b. Report structure (Note: You should follow structure presented in unit 1). 

/5

c. Strength of introduction and conclusion.

/5

3. Research and Information Literacy (15%)

 

a. APA Formatting (title, headings, and references)

/5

b. Quality of research sources

/10

Total

/100