Omputer Security Information Risk Assessment & Security Management

2 pages for each assignment:

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1. One hundred years ago, Louis Brandeis and Samuel Warren warned us that,  Numerous mechanical devices threaten to make good the prediction that  what is whispered in the closet shall be proclaimed from the housetops.  Cryptography is an enabling technology for self-help privacy. Conversely, cryptography can be used to conceal criminal conspiracies and activities, including espionage.
-How have computers changed the ways in which we have to keep certain information private?
-What new threats do computer systems and networks pose to personal privacy?
-Conversely, what threats are enabled or enhanced by computer systems and networks?
-How does cryptography help or hinder protection of privacy and public safety?
-What policies are needed and appropriate in a networked world regarding the use of cryptography?


2. While sitting in the break room at work one day, Stan is talking with his friend Joe, who is excitedly describing an idea for a new intrusion detection system (IDS). Joe describes an elegant new algorithm that will flawlessly detect intrusion attacks and respond almost instantly. Stan, who is more of an entrepreneur than inventor, quickly grasps the essence of Joe s idea, and decides to incorporate the idea into a commercial product, without the knowledge or participation of Joe. In his scheme to commercialize Joe s idea, Stan plans to hire a programmer to implement Joe s algorithm, and use the software to control a novel new hardware component. Stan would like to protect the intellectual property of the algorithm, software, and hardware component, but is experiencing some guilt pangs. Discuss the legal and ethical issues of this whole situation.