Volunteers have been recruited to help state
governments improve their cybersecurity practices. The coordinating committee
has decided that the first task these volunteers undertake will be a
comparative analysis which examines the strengths and weaknesses of existing IT
Security Policies for state governments (agencies and offices of the executive
branch under the leadership of the state governors). Since you volunteered
early, you have your pick of any two states’ 
IT Security Policies from the list published by the Multi-State
Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MSISAC). (See item #1 under Research.)

Select two state government IT Security
Policies. Use the list at
you encounter a broken link, you may search for that state’s policy or choose a
different state).
Download and review your selected state
governments’ IT Security Policy documents.
Develop five or more points which are common
across the two documents. (Similarities)
Identify and review at least three unique items
in each document. (Differences)
Research best practices for IT Security and/or
IT Security Policies for state governments. Here are two  sources which you may find helpful:


Using your research and your comparison of the
two policy documents, develop an answer to the question: Why should every state
government have an IT security policy for state agencies and offices under the
state’s executive branch?
Write a five (5) to eight
(8) page white paper in which you summarize your research and discuss the
similarities and differences between the two IT security policy documents. You
should focus upon clarity and conciseness more than length when determining
what content to include in your paper. At a minimum, your white paper must
include the following:
1.  An
introduction or overview of IT Security
Policies for the executive branch of state governments (covering state
agencies and offices in the executive branch including the governor’s office).
Explain the purpose of an IT security policy and how it is used. Answer the
question: why should every state in the nation have a comprehensive IT security
policy for state agencies and offices? (Make sure that you address the
importance of such strategies to small, resource-poor states as well as to large
or wealthy states.)
2.  A
separate section in which you discuss the common principles and policy sections
/ statements (similarities) found in both IT security policy documents.
3.  A
separate section in which you discuss the unique aspects of the first state’s
IT security policy document.
4.  A
separate section in which you discuss the unique aspects of the second state’s
IT security policy document.
A section in which you discuss your evaluation
of which state government has the better of the two IT security policy
documents. You should also present best practice based recommendations for
improvements to either or both IT security policy documents.
Submit For Grading
1.  Submit
your white paper in MS Word format (.docx or .doc file) using the OPEN Data
Assignment in your assignment folder. (Attach the file.)
2.  You
must also submit your white paper to TurnItIn before the due date for this
Additional Information
1.  Your
white paper should use standard terms and definitions for cybersecurity
concepts. The following sources are recommended:

b.  Guidelines on Security and Privacy in Public
Cloud Computing

2.  You
are expected to credit your sources using in-text citations and reference list
entries. Both your citations and your reference list entries must comply with
APA 6th edition Style requirements. Failure to credit your sources will result
in penalties as provided for under the university’s Academic Integrity policy.
3.  Use
APA 6th edition style (formatting) for the organization and
appearance of the MS Word document that you submit to your assignment folder. This
includes margins, section headings, and consistent use of fonts (Times New
Roman 12 in black), paragraph styles (first line indent by ½ inch), and line
spacing (double). Formatting requirements and examples are found under Course Resources
> APA Resources. Your file should contain both a title page and a separate
References page. Use page breaks to ensure that the title page and references
page are separate from the body of the paper.
4.  You
are expected to write grammatically correct English in every assignment that
you submit for grading. Do not turn in any work without (a) using spell check,
(b) using grammar check, (c) verifying that your punctuation is correct and (d)
reviewing your work for correct word usage and correctly structured sentences
and paragraphs. These items are graded under Professionalism and constitute 15%
of the assignment grade.

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