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option and this policy can be revisited once the current architecture of the network is improved. The safeguarding of mobile devices can also improve once the GFI network has been eradicated of all discrepancies and a plan to overcome these challenges will be addressed. The employees at GFI are connecting to the wireless network unsecure and this is something that needs to be mitigated sooner than later. The potential loss of and lack of PII protection is a concern because if there is a breach, GFI will be found negligent and this is something that can be avoided if we take action now. The only 3
CMIT425: Final Paper course of action is to implement a VPN structure instead of the wireless network currently being used. The current VPN that GFI access is not secure and all the traffic is sent in clear text across the network. A plan to install several management software suites is another step in the right direction for GFI. Our goal is to utilize Symantec endpoint encryption, host based intrusion detection, several different management tools such as performance monitoring so that the system administrators can better protect GFI’s assets and the assets of its customers. Hardening the physical topology of the network will also be done. Installation of more firewalls and the proper configuring of all routers and switches to increase the defense in depth approach of the IT infrastructure at GFI is a necessity. These new ideas will improve the overall confidence in GFI’s customers as efforts are made to secure data and improve the company’s reputation. There are pros and cons to cloud computing but due to the current state of GFI’s network, this will not be a good idea right now. However, cloud computing for future use by GFI will be discussed in detail. It is a viable option because of the many benefits including mobility, unlimited space, cost efficiency, and less labor intensive on the IT department. A hybrid cloud option will work out perfectly for GFI in the future because this will allow you to combine public cloud with private or dedicated hosting providing more flexibility and a highly cost effective solution. Third Party IT Company Hiring third party companies to manage the network here at GFI should not be an acceptable choice if the notion of creating a state of the art network with the intention for growth and offering IT services to customers is still a future goal. With GFI still recovering from the $1.7 million loss in revenue back in 2014, third party vendors will be a very expensive plan to get the company out of its current situation. First of all the overhead cost to employ third party companies will cost GFI more money in the long run than it will to fix problems from the inside. Secondly, the company will lose most of its resources since the equipment cannot be repurposed due to most devices initial installations and builds were specific to the GFI network. Lastly, the 4
CMIT425: Final Paper legalities of getting third party vendors involved needs to be discussed. “The problems associated with

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