IT Strategic Solutions, MMT2, Task 22A. Communication PlanIntroduction of Technology Initiative and JustificationThe SWOT analysis conducted on Aenergy'scurrent IT infrastructure revealed many strengths and some significant weaknesses. The company will be well served to take advantage of its strengths and opportunities and deploy initiatives to address the weaknesses and threats. To properly address these initiatives and changes within the company, it is necessary to create a communication plan to ensure appropriate levels of stakeholders buy in. The most important initiative to instigate as soon as possible is the upgrade of the current wireless security network configuration from a WEP with MAC filtering to a WPA2 Enterprise system with Advanced Encryption Standards (AES) and Counter Cipher Mode (CCMP) with block-chaining message authentication code protocols. These network upgrades will greatly strengthen the security of Aenergy'swireless network. The current infrastructure is out of date, making it extremely vulnerable to hackers and cyber-attacks. This new configuration would address the existing weaknesses in the company's wireless network by providing more up to date encryption methodsand protocols. The dynamic encryption keys used in WPA2 wireless security would also help prevent intrusion into the network from infected external drives or from devices that employees have lost or had stolen. This would address the security threat Aenergy currently experiences from not having any external drive security protocols. The server software needed to configure WPA2 in Enterprise mode is free and Aenergy has IT staff with the skillset to use this open source option. This would reduce the costs associated with upgrading the wireless security system currently in place. This upgrade would increase the security of Aenergy'swireless network because it is the most up to date wireless protocol. With its dynamic encryption keys, WPA2 is
IT Strategic Solutions, MMT2, Task 23the most difficult to hack Wi-Fi configuration available on the market. The Enterprise mode of WPA2 has been recently upgraded to include Protected Management Frames, which work to further secure the network against sniffing and eavesdropping on network traffic. WPA2 in enterprise mode is a robust, intrusion proof, wireless network configuration providing Aenergy with all of the additional security it needs to not only continue to operate efficiently and congruently but is also easily scalable to support the proposed expansion of the company to two new locations. This initiative will involve several steps, the first of which will be to upgrade the existing operating systems (OS) in place on all of Aenergy's company computers. After ensuring that all computer operating systems are up to date and compatible with WPA2, the next step will be checking to see that all Wi-Fi hardware is also compatible.