Greenwood Financial Services, a pioneer in digital banking solutions, was established in Manchester on 10th September 2017.

               Assessment Brief

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Assessment Type: Coursework

Assessment Number: 1

Study Mode: FT

Weighting: 40%

Submission Date: 12/07/2024

Submission Time: 18:00






The purpose of this assignment is to deepen your understanding of information security principles and practices. Information security plays a critical role in safeguarding data from unauthorized access, ensuring its integrity, and maintaining its availability. In this assignment, you will explore various aspects of information security, including risk assessment, security policies, encryption, access control, and incident response. 

Assignment Tasks: 

Task 1: Discuss various aspects of information security (60% Marks)

  • Risk Assessment (20% Marks) 

Perform a risk assessment on the organisation in the case study. Identify potential threats, vulnerabilities, and impacts to the organisation`s information assets. Explain how risk assessment assists in determining the appropriate security measures to mitigate these risks.

  • Security Policies (15% Marks)

Develop a set of security policies for an organisation to address the following areas:

  • Password Management.
  • Acceptable Use of IT Resources.
  • Data Classification and Handling.

Explain the importance of each policy and discuss how they contribute to protecting the organisation`s information assets.

  • Encryption (10% Marks)

Discuss the role of encryption in information security. Explain the difference between symmetric and asymmetric encryption algorithms. Provide examples of encryption technologies commonly used in securing data transmission and storage.

  • Access Control (15% Marks)

Describe the concept of access control in information security. Differentiate between mandatory access control, discretionary access control, and role-based access control. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each access control model. Provide real- world examples of access control mechanisms in practice.

Task 2: penetration testing (40% Marks). 

Conduct systems penetration testing against a range of the technologies and systems identified within the organisation referred in the case study using Coventry University applications and to produce a penetration test report using an industry standard.

*NB. Under no circumstances should penetration testing be conducted against any real-world Organisation during your work. This activity is illegal and will lead to disciplinary action also potentially lead to prosecution. 

Case Description

Greenwood Financial Services, a pioneer in digital banking solutions, was established in Manchester on 10th September 2017. This institution mainly caters to businesses looking for online financial transaction solutions amidst the global push for digitisation. Located in the heart of Manchester, their headquarters manages over 1 million online transactions daily.

The IT framework of Greenwood is diverse and robust. They utilise a mix of Windows Server 2016 and 2019; Windows Workstations 10; and Linux-based computing solutions. A few critical financial software still operates on older Windows 7 platforms, making them indispensable for certain operations. 

Their digital platform allows businesses to access account details, make online payments, request loans, and manage various financial products. This online portal is crucial for Greenwood`s reputation and seamless business operations. Their client base includes both local small-scale businesses and multinational corporations. Each business client has unique login credentials to access Greenwood`s online services.

The core of their data storage and retrieval system is built on Linux-based Oracle database servers, Tomcat application servers, and a dedicated application server for Employees` in-house use. The authentication mechanism is built around the Java Enterprise Connector Architecture, encompassing components such as active directories, web servers, and SQL databases. These individual connections, referred to as realms, play a pivotal role in ensuring data integrity and security.

Maintaining the confidentiality of business transactions and the personal information of clients is paramount for Greenwood. They have to adhere strictly to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulations and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Greenwood`s intricate infrastructure is powered by a state-of-the-art local area network spanning their entire building. Partnering institutions such as loan providers and credit scoring agencies in the Manchester region, are also granted access to specific data sets. They connect via Greenwood`s secure online portal, ensuring a holistic financial service ecosystem for all users.

Completion of this assessment will address the following learning outcomes:


Describe the fundamental concepts associated with the digital security landscape including risks, threats, attacks, adversaries and security requirements, and in relation to the confidentiality-integrity-availability (CIA) triangle.


Discuss the different technologies that constitute the security mechanisms at various levels in a digitally networked environment.


Perform penetration tests to expose the vulnerabilities of a system

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There will be a penalty of a deduction of 10% of the mark (after internal moderation) for work exceeding the word limit by 10% or more. 

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