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COIT20263 Information Security Management (Term 2, 2016)
Assessment Item 2—Practical and Written Assessment
Due date: 11:30pm AEST, Friday, Week 11 ASSESSMENT

Weighting: 40%

Length: 3000 words (±500 words)


This assessment task can be undertaken in a group of up to 4 members or individually. Each
student/group will analyse the given scenario of an organisation, and write a report. The
reportshoulddiscuss theguidelines for managingthe information security risksof the organisation.

Assessment criteria
Students are assessed against their ability to analyse the given scenario and discuss the guidelines for
managing the information security risks of the organisation.
The marking criteria for Assessment Item 2 are provided on page 3.Students need to familiarise
themselves with the marking criteria to ensure that they have addressed them when preparing this
assessment item.

Assessment Task
You are required to analyse the scenario given on page 2 and produce a report that discusses the
guidelines for managing the information security risks of the organisation. Your report should havethe
Executive Summary, Table of Contents, Introduction, Discussion (the guidelines), Assumptions and
References sections.
Note:Each student(not just one student in a group) needsto upload the report to Moodle. You must
follow the Harvard citation and referencing guidelines.

Check the course website at least once a week for further information relating to this assessment task.
Please ensure that you write your answers in your own words to avoid possible plagiarism and
copyright violation. You can understand the Plagiarism Procedures by following the corresponding
link in the CQUniversity Policies section of the Course Profile. Late assessments will be penalised as
per the university policies and guidelines.

Your report should be submitted online through the COIT20263 Moodle course website assessment
block on or before the due date.

The Scenario for Information Security Management Assessment Tasks

Farmers for Farmers (3F) is a cooperative society of crop farmers in Queensland founded one year
ago. Established to increase the yield of its member farmers and reduce the wastage due to rotting of
crops, the society sells the crops to the customers at a lower price than that of the few giant
supermarket chains in the state. 3F competes with these supermarket chains by directly supplying the
produce from the farmers to the consumers without an intermediary. To this end, 3F has its own
trucks, five distribution centres in the state and six distribution vehicles at each distribution centre.

3F operates from a small office in Rockhampton and the customers can place their orders using the
web interface of 3F or over the phone. The orders are processed using a proprietary software
algorithm of 3F. By using this software, 3F not only collect the optimum quantities of crops from the
farmers and deliver them on time to the distribution centres, but also deliver the order to the
customers in a minimum time. This whole process is automated with the help of on-board computers
on the trucks as well as on the distribution vehicles connected to the office of 3F and the farmers.

This software algorithm is also used by the farmers to order and add fertilizer to their farmlands, to
water the plants, spray pesticides and collect the yield in an optimum fashion while saving energy
costs, resources and money. For this purpose, the algorithm collects real-time information from the
farms, such as air and soil temperature, humidity, soil moisture content, information about pests, rain
fall figures and the intensity of sunlight, without human intervention. The farmers also connect to the
Internet via the network of 3F and post questions to the online forums. 3F also includes an online
banking society that provides most of the banking facilities of other banks to its member farmers. 3F
needs the guarantee that their proprietary algorithm, and various data and information in their
information system are secured.

After the success in Queensland, 3F expanded its services this year to the New South Wales farmers
and customers as well.

As the society was established last year, the information security policies have not yet been
developed. The society is now in the process of developing a comprehensive set of information
security policies for its information system.
Note: This scenario was created by Dr Rohan de Silva on 7th June 2016 and without written permission from CQUniversity, Australia no
part of this scenario should be reproduced by any individual or an organisation.

Marking Criteria

Section Max Mark Mark
5 4.5 4.25 4 3.75 3.5 3.25 3 2.5 2.4 1.2 0
Not clear but
Contained all sections but Had too brief or Not clear and most sections
Executive summary Covered all the sections of the report contained most 5
not enough detail. missing sections. missing.
Used decimal notation. Included all
Included only the
Table of contents headings and page numbers. Used One feature was missing. A few features missing. ToC missing. 5
main headings.
ToC auto-generation.
Not clear but
Set the scene for the report and Contained all parts but Had too brief or Not clear and most parts
Introduction contained most 5
described the purpose clearly. not enough detail. missing parts. missing.
15 14 13 12 11 10.5 9.5 9 7.5 7 3.5 0
Discussed the guidelinesfor
Not clear but
managing information security risks Contained all information Had too brief or Not clear and most
Discussion contained most 15
based on the standard, including any but not enough detail. missing information. information missing.
5 4.5 4.25 4 3.75 3.5 3.25 3 2.5 2.4 1.2 0
A few assumptions Several assumptions Many assumptions
Assumptions Correct list of assumptions. Not clear or not relevant.. 5
missing missing. missing.
Not all references are
All references are listed according to Many references No or incorrect reference
References A few referencing errors. listed but correctly 5
Harvard reference style. missing list.
Plagiarism penalty
Late submission penalty
Total 40


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