current security threats


It is your first day at the job in the information security department, and you are called for a meeting. In the meeting the need for strengthening the information security for the University is discussed, and everyone agrees that the first step in this direction is to identify the top five threats that are a potential risk to University.

The Universities administrative staff and faculty run the latest version of Microsoft Windows on their primary workstations, whereas students’ laptops may run Windows or macOS. The college’s web servers run on Linux; however, all other servers are Windows Server-based. Student, staff, and faculty mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones, run on iOS or Android; all mobile devices can connect to the campus network.


You have been given the responsibility to determine the top five threats that the University faces. You asked your supervisor for support in this task and he gave you the following resources that might be useful in your research and analysis:

Microsoft Security Advisories and Bulletins (

Common Vulnerabilities and Exposure (CVE) database search (

Security organizations, such as Secunia (

Your supervisor has also asked you to consider the following questions as you shortlist the threats:

What threats are new this year, and which have become more prevalent?

Why are these threats more common and why are they important?

What threats remain constant from year to year? Why?

What threats do you believe will become more critical in the next 12 months? Why

What is the likelihood of an exploit affecting Marymount University, and which operating system(s) does it target?

With these considerations in mind, write a summary report of the top five threats to University’s New President Dr. Matt Becerra. Briefly explain why you have selected them and what effect they might have on the institution or its students, employees, graduates, or other communities on campus.

Submission Requirements

Format: Microsoft Word (or compatible)

Font: Times New Roman, size 12, double-space

Citation Style: APA

Length: 2 to 4 pages


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