Critical thinking | cyber Security | University of Maryland University College

Early one morning at work, CEO Alice Johnson asks if you have a moment to chat. I nee  d your expertise and advice on a complicated situation for the company regarding an international hacking lawsuit. In her office, Alice explains that CyberTech is serving as t  he cyber forensics consultant for a law firm handling the suit from a 2015 hack of the Office of Personnel Management, OPM.  The OPM hack compromised background information on millions of workers. In a 

related case Anomalous, a non-US gray hat hacking group suspected in the OPM breach case,is claiming that US-based Equation Set attempted to hack its facilities. So we have a nonUS and a US set of test hacker groups involved. With Anomalous, the non-US group, being a client plantiff in one case against Equation Set, the US group, and as a suspect in the OPM breach.  But Alice then outlines why the case is problematic. Along with the OPM victims, CyberTech represents clients from some of the OPM breach suspect companies in unrelated cases, which could appear to be a conflict of interest. This could affect the way our company is perceived by others. We need to maintain our image as an unbiased cyber security consultant.  Should CyberTech remain on both the OPM breach investigation and the overseas case at the same time? Or should we drop one of the cases? Apply your critical thinking and analytical skills to figure out what happened what we know and don’t know, and how the company might remedy this situation. I’d like a paper by the end of the week with 

your recommendations. 

       There are six steps that will lead you through this project. Most  steps of this project should take no more than two hours to complete.  Begin by watching the video above, which introduces the project you will  be doing as it might occur in the workplace, and then continue with  Step 1: Prepare to Think Critically.     

When  you submit your project, your work will be evaluated using the  competencies listed below. You can use the list below to self-check your  work before submission.

    1.1: Organize document or  presentation clearly in a manner that promotes understanding and meets  the requirements of the assignment.

    1.2: Develop coherent  paragraphs or points so that each is internally unified and so that each  functions as part of the whole document or presentation.

    1.4: Tailor communications to the audience.

    1.5: Use sentence structure appropriate to the task, message and audience.

    1.6: Follow conventions of Standard Written English.

    2.1: Identify and clearly explain the issue, question, or problem under critical consideration.

    2.2: Locate and access sufficient information to investigate the issue or problem.

    2.4: Consider and analyze information in context to the issue or problem.

    2.5: Develop well-reasoned ideas, conclusions or decisions, checking them against relevant criteria and benchmarks. 


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