Assignment 3: Evaluating Access Control Methods

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Imagine that you are the Information Systems Security Specialist for a  medium-sized federal government contractor. The Chief Security Officer  (CSO) is worried that the organization’s current methods of access  control are no longer sufficient. In order to evaluate the different  methods of access control, the CSO requested that you research:  mandatory access control (MAC), discretionary access control (DAC), and  role-based access control (RBAC). Then, prepare a report addressing  positive and negative aspects of each access control method. This  information will be presented to the Board of Directors at their next  meeting. Further, the CSO would like your help in determining the best  access control method for the organization.
Write a three to five page paper in which you:

Explain in your own words the elements of the following methods of access control:

Mandatory access control (MAC)
Discretionary access control (DAC)
Role-based access control (RBAC)

Compare and contrast the positive and negative aspects of employing a MAC, DAC, and RBAC.
Suggest methods to mitigate the negative aspects for MAC, DAC, and RBAC.
Evaluate the use of MAC, DAC, and RBAC methods in the organization  and recommend the best method for the organization. Provide a rationale  for your response.
Speculate on the foreseen challenge(s) when the organization applies  the method you chose. Suggest a strategy to address such challenge(s).
Use at least three quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with  one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA  or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional  instructions.
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the  student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date.  The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required  assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

Analyze information security systems compliance requirements within the User Domain.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in security strategy and policy formation.
Write clearly and concisely about topics related to information  technology audit and control using proper writing mechanics and  technical style conventions.