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MIS607 Cybersecurity Assessment 2 Threat model report


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Subject Code and TitleMIS607 Cybersecurity
AssessmentThreat Model Report
Length1500 words (+/-10%)
Learning OutcomesThe Subject Learning Outcomes demonstrated by successful completion of the task below include: Explore and articulate cyber trends, threats and staying safe in cyberspace, plus protecting personal and company data.Analyse issues associated with organisational data networks and security to recommend practical solutions towards their resolution.Evaluate and communicate relevant technical and ethical considerations related to the design, deployment and/or the uses of secure technologies within various organisational contexts.
SubmissionFor regular class (12 Weeks Duration): By 11:55 pm AEST/AEDT Sunday of Module 4.1 (week 7) For intensive class (6 Weeks Duration): By 11:55 pm AEST/AEDT Sunday of Module 4.2 (week 4)
Total Marks100 Marks

Assessment Task and Context

The goal of this assessment is to identify the threats or vulnerabilities in the case scenario described in the associated file, Assessment Initial Case Scenario.docx. NOT all threats or vulnerabilities you “discover” are in the initial case scenario. The scenario discusses some elements of the business thatare needing mitigation, but you will need to also “discover” other threats or vulnerabilities.

You should use this assessment brief document to guide what to include in this assessment and usethe provided case study to help demonstrate understanding of the topic.


To successfully complete this assessment, your MIS607 Assessment 2 MUST include:

  • Data Flow Diagram (DFD) – The DFD must relate to the business described in the initial case scenario. You must remember that the DFD is the FIRST step in the “Risk Analysis” process, but it is not the main output of this assessment. The main output of MIS607 Assessment 2 is the categorized threats (see below).

For the DFD section of your report, you will need to present at least a “Context Diagram” anda “Level-0 Diagram”. You can include further levels of DFD (e.g. Level-1, Level-2) if you feel they are needed to show a threat boundary, but it’s not necessary.

The level-0 diagram (and further level diagrams, if needed) must not break the rule for properDFD formation/development. And the DFDs (excluding the Context Diagram) MUST have labelled threat boundaries.

You MUST use the below symbol conventions shown and used in classes when developing anddrawing the DFDs:

  • Threats Discovery – The main output of MIS607 Assessment 2 should be a table with a set of minimum 10 threats or vulnerabilities that need mitigation in the case scenario organisation.Out of these 10 threats or vulnerabilities, choose 3 and explain them in more depth below thetable. You will discover these threats or vulnerabilities with the help of the DFDs and the threatboundaries.

Imagine yourself as a consultant called into work inside the business to discover threats. For this assessment, business acumen and business logic in approaching threats is what is required.

The main threat for this assessment resembles a real-world attack. You need to develop a brief, factual overview of the real-world attack (web links can count as references here since the attack might not yet be covered academically). You are required to reference suggested mitigations, or costs in the real-world attack as this will help enormously with both MIS607 Assessment 2 and Assessment 3 and will be taken into consideration when marking. IMPORTANT NOTE: Any explanation of the real-world case is based on real information/data,NOT speculation or simulated “discovery”.

It is important to understand that you need to “discover” additional threats or vulnerabilities on the associated initial case scenario. The case scenario is only an initial assessment of the organisation. The “discovery” can be simulated based on your simulated investigation. Obviously, you must cover the main threats already identified in the case scenario, but other threats or vulnerabilities should be “discovered” by you. In this regards, inform the reader about what discovery techniques were used. In bullet points inform the audience …. “who you talked to”, “questions you asked” – but keep this very brief (maximum 8-10 bullet points).

  • STRIDE Methodology – will be used in this assessment. Note carefully that the DFDs are NOT the main output of this assessment. The main result of this assessment is a “set of threats or vulnerabilities”. Important points to consider are:
  • Try to map these threats or vulnerabilities as best you can against threat boundaries;
  • And categorize the identified threats or vulnerabilities as best you can, against STRIDEcategories.

The STRIDE categories are NOT the threats. Do not be concerned if the threats you discover do not fit all STRIDE categories. In a full real-world assessment with hundreds of threats, this would be the case, but with around 10 threats this will probably not be possible. You can makeassumptions, but the report is written from the point of view of a consultant who has made “discoveries” from their investigations. In the simulation you may gather needed information from stakeholders. Assessment markers are aware that the technical information “discovered” by you might not be 100% accurate in all details. However, your discoveries

should be somewhat realistic.

The report should have the following heading structure.

Title page

The title page should include subject code and name, assessment number, report title, assessment due date, word count (actual), student name and surname, student ID, Torrens’s email address, learning facilitator name and surname.

Executive Summary

Mainly this section is where you “Summarize” your report. The best time to write the Executive Summary is when you have finished working on your assessment. By then you will be able to “Summarise” your work. It should be written in a simple and easy to read language. IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure to ONLY provide the summarised version of the report.

1.  Introduction

In this section introduce your assessment/report to the reader. Think of the purpose and objectives ofyour assessment and ask this question from yourself that why this assessment is valuable and important? You will need to provide a short description of the case scenario. Overall, the introduction section is about “What the assessment is going to be about?”.

2.  Main Discussion

IMPORTANT NOTE: The required discussions for sub-sections 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 are discussed earlier inthis assessment brief document (see above).

  • Data Flow Diagrams (DFDs)
    • Threats Discovery
    • Threats List and STRIDE Categorisation

3.  Conclusion

In this section, you will wrap up your discussion in a clear and simple way. Overall, the conclusion section reminds the reader what the report/assessment has been about. Indicate and discuss the majorfindings and/or recommendation of your report.

4.  References

A minimum of three (3) references are required in this assessment. At least one (1) reference needs tobe a “peer-reviewed” journal article or a conference paper.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You are welcome to usemore than three (3) references in your MIS607 Assessment 2 based on your decision and preference; however, the minimum number of references to be used in this assessment is three (3) references. Make sure to list the references alphabetically and where possible, make sure to use the most recent references.

5.  Appendices (Appendix 1, Appendix 2, etc.)

Overall, there is no need to have an Appendix in this assessment; however, if there is any EXTRA information which you might think of being necessary in your assessment, you can use this section to highlight it. IMPORTANT NOTE: ALL important and necessary information (e.g. DFDs, Threats, STRIDE, etc.) for your report MUST be inserted and discussed within the report and NOT in Appendices (Appendix 1, Appendix 2, etc.) section.


  • This assessment must be submitted as a WORD document (*.docx OR *.doc).
  • The report should use Arial or Calibri fonts, 11 point. It should be line spaced at 1.5 and must have page numbers on the bottom of each page.
  • The word count for this assessment is 1500 words (+/- 10%), NOT counting Tables, Figures, Executive Summary, Cover Sheet, References, and Appendices (if any).
  • It is highly advised that you read the “case scenario” several times. Then, read through this assessment brief document and take notes for your assessment writing task. Furthermore, make sure to check the Marking Rubric for more information on how marking is completed.
  • You must be careful NOT to use up the word count discussing any type of general informationsuch as cybersecurity basics and etc. This is NOT an exercise in summarising class notes and etc. Discussing general information and material will not count towards marks.
  • Make sure to use a reasonable number of Tables and Figures in your assessment.
  • ALL inserted/used Tables and Figures within the report MUST be captioned/labelled and numbered (e.g. Table 1, Table 2, etc.).
  • ALL inserted/used Tables and Figures within the report require being initially introduced andthen discussed in a clear, focused and simple way.
  • Within the assessment document, when referring to Tables and Figures, you require to refer to them by their captions. NOTE: Tables and Figures without a caption may be treated as if they are not in the report.
  • Discovery techniques for your assessment can include interviews, questionnaires, observations, and documentation. You might use other techniques as well. Overall, to “discover threats or vulnerabilities” you can use one of these techniques.
  • Leading into MIS607 Assessment 3, try to concentrate on threats with “corresponding controls”. IMPORTANT NOTE: The “controls” are NOT part of MIS607 Assessment 2 but be prepared to find the “controls” for your MIS607 Assessment 3. For instance:
    • Weak Passwords: Password policy and/or 2 factor
    • Fire: Fire alarms and extinguishers and/or fire insurance,
    • Theft: CCTV system
  • Please be advised that if you do not perform so well with MIS607 Assessment 2 (Your Assessment 2 mark is less than 60%), you will need to fix the issues noted in your assessment 2 once the feedback is provided and then you must include your MIS607 Assessment 2 in your MIS607 Assessment 3 “Appendix 1” section. IMPORTANT NOTE: There will be NO MARKS for the remediation of MIS607 Assessment 2.


It is essential that students use appropriate APA style for citing and referencing research. Please see more information on referencing here in the Academic Writing Guide found via the Academic Skills website.

Submission Instructions

Please submit ONE Microsoft Word document (.doc or.docx) via the Assessment link in the main navigation menu in Blackboard. The Learning Facilitator will provide feedback via the Grade Centre in the LMS portal. Feedback can be viewed in My Grades.

Academic Integrity

All students are responsible for ensuring that all work submitted is their own and is appropriately referenced and academically written according to the Academic Writing Guide. Students also need to have read and be aware of Torrens University Australia Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure and subsequent penalties for academic misconduct. These are viewable online.

Students also must keep a copy of all submitted material and any assessment drafts.

Special Consideration

To apply for special consideration for a modification to an assessment or exam due to unexpected or extenuating circumstances, please consult the Assessment Policy for Higher Education Coursework and ELICOS and, if applicable to your circumstance, submit a completed Application for Assessment Special Consideration Form to your Learning Facilitator

Assessment Rubric

Assessment AttributesRatingsPts
Citation Practice and Engagement with Relevant Literature Cited material and citations related to report.APA citation styleAt least 1 peer-reviewed articleThree or more referencesCorrect citation and referencingPeer-reviewed citation(s) used more than once.20   Pts High Distinction Exceeds expectation15-19 Pts Distinction High quality13-14 Pts Credit Meets basic expectation11-12 Pts Pass Pass level work0-10 Pts NN Fails to meet basic expectation      20 Pts
Pts for this criterion = 20 Pts
DFD and Threat Boundaries20 Pts15-19 Pts13-14 Pts11-12 Pts0-10 Pts 
Diagrams related to case scenarioHighDistinctionCreditPassNN 
All data flows start or end in a processDistinctionHigh qualityMeets basicPass levelFails to meet 
At least context diagram and level-0 diagramExceeds expectationworkbasic 
Properly recognised entities, data stores, data flows and processesAll elements appropriately named, including data flowsexpectation   expectation20 Pts
Verbs used in processes (Not in Context Diagram)      
Threat boundaries namedThreat boundaries make sense      
Pts for this criterion = 20 Pts      
Threat Discovery35 Pts26-34 Pts22-25 Pts19-21 Pts0-18 Pts 
At least ten threats clearly identifiedHighDistinctionCreditPassNN 
Real-world attach in the case scenario timeline and brief explanationDistinctionHigh qualityMeets basicPass levelFails to meet 
Real-world attack covered in the threat listExceeds expectationworkbasic 
Threats mapped against STRIDE categoriesexpectation   expectation 
Threats cover vulnerabilities in management, operational, and technical      
processes Overall threat “discovery” techniques explained well, with a few     35 Pts
discussed in more detail Threats make sense in the case scenario (e.g. appropriate for the size of      
the organisation) List of threat      
Pts for this criterion = 35 Pts      

Communication and Presentation Writing is persuasive, logical and communicates meaning clearlyUses appropriate vocabulary consistentlySpelling and punctuation completely accurate.Consistently integrates research and ideas from relevant and appropriatesourcesConsistently uses accurate references, appropriately positionedExecutive Summary is appropriate for a business report and is in past tense, summarises what has been done and is not a mere covering ofbasic theory from classesDemonstration of topics and principles acquired from course materialUse of relevant theories, concepts and frameworks to support analysis;own input, insight and interpretation Pts for this criterion = 15 Pts15 Pts High Distinction Exceeds expectation12-14 Pts Distinction High quality10-11 Pts Credit Meets basic expectation8-9 Pts Pass Pass level work0-7 Pts NN Fails to meet basic expectation            15 Pts
Basic Formatting and Submission Requirements Captioning of all figures, etc. and referred to only by captionCorrect file submission and Word formatCorrect student and facilitator informationAcademic Integrity DeclarationPage numbers Pts for this criterion = 10 Pts10 Pts High Distinction Exceeds expectation8-9 Pts Distinction High quality6-7 Pts Credit Meets basic expectation4-5 Pts Pass Pass level work0-3 Pts NN Fails to meet basic expectation      10 Pts
The following Subject Learning Outcomes are addressed in this assessment
SLO b)Explore and articulate cyber trends, threats and staying safe in cyberspace, plusprotecting personal and company data.
SLO c)Analyse issues associated with organisational data networks and security to recommend practical solutions towards their resolution.
SLO d)Evaluate and communicate relevant technical and ethical considerations related to the design, deployment and/or the uses of secure technologies within variousorganisational contexts.

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