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C1. RESEARCH STRATEGIES:Part of my research included reading online journals and articles focused on data security, server redundancy, system integration, and cyber counter-attack strategies for small businesses. I also investigated cloud services such as Infrastructure as a Service and Software as a Service. The AEnergy IT staff have extensive experience and I collaborated with them on their experience with data security and cloud services. In our collaborations we discussed solutions for expanding the network and expanding to another two locations.I also had a meeting with the CTO who laid out the security threats AEnergy is facing consideringits current infrastructure.C1A. CURRENT TECHNOLOGY EXAMPLES:One current technology that would address the cyber-attack threat is immediately upgrading the Wi-Fi encryption from WPA to WPA2. A second current technology that AEnergy might consider adding is an intrusion detection system, which would notify the network admins in real-time when there is an active breach of the network. 9
Task 1These two current technologies would ensure that the network is protected from cyber-attacks anddata breaches such as spoofing, phishing attempts, or packet sniffing software.C2. STAYING INFORMED:Technology advances at a rapid pace and is constantly evolving. To stay ahead I plan to subscribe to technology related blogs and forums. These consist of articles, blogs, and user forums that discuss the latest software, practices, and security threats. I would also subscribe the United States Homeland Security cyber-security report and threats email. This subscription is free from Homeland Security and gives a daily description of current and emerging cyber-security threats and how to prevent them.C2A. EMERGING TECHNOLOGY EXAMPLES:Staying competitive in the marketplace requires AEnergy to implement emerging technology’s. It is increasingly important to stay updated to keep your network and company infrastructure safe. One example of an emerging technology that gives AEnergy a competitive advantage is IaaS. IaaS would allow AEnergy to expand to the two locations without investing heavily in infrastructure. Additional to the cost savings, IaaS is constantly updated and thus is very secure, which means less downtime and less risk to data breaches. Having an infrastructure in the cloud improves interconnectedness and bandwidth for both administrative functions and customer interactions.A second example of an emerging technology that would give AEnergy a competitive advantage is investing in artificial intelligence. AI uses machine learning software that could be used to improve product marketing, analyze customer buying habits, and could eventually replace low-level work currently performed by humans. AI promises more efficient use of resources and more laser-focused customer interactions. AI software can result in financial efficiency, resulting in cost savings that could bereinvested elsewhere such as in research and development or cost savings passed on to the customers for current or future products.