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ISM 644 Ashford University W2 Target Liability & Fraudulent Purchases Research

Questions of Liability: Critique of the Target® Hack

Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read Chapter 3 of the course text, the Inside Target Corp., Days After 2013 Breach article, and review any relevant information from this week’s lecture. Review the instructions below and research at least one additional scholarly source and a minimum of three credible professional sources to support your statements. (Access the MISM Credible Resource Guide for assistance with finding appropriate credible professional resources.)

In 2013, Target Corporation was hacked. Credit and debit card data of 40 million of Target’s customers were exposed. Hackers reportedly infiltrated Target via access from an outside vendor, Fazio Mechanical. Often, CIOs will deal with outside vendors who ask for access or need to access some of their company’s data. Shortly after Target was hacked, the organization has hired you, a risk management expert, to address their handling of Fazio Mechanical’s access to Target’s network and data. Based on this scenario, address the following in a five- to eight-page paper:

  • Analyze current company protocol(s) and draft new protocols you would use to reduce Target’s liability from non-permitted access to their network and data via outside vendors.
    • Explain how the protocol(s) would reduce the risk of liability to Target.
  • Explain whether or not Target can ethically impose a protocol(s) on the internal operations of an outside vendor so that their internal operations more easily conform to Target’s security protocols and internal operations, with the overall intention of reducing Target’s liability.
  • Explain whether Target or Fazio Mechanical is more at fault for exposing Target’s customers’ data, providing rationale(s) for your decision.

The Questions of Liability: Critique of the Target® Hack paper

  • Must be five to eight double-spaced pages (1500-2400 words) in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must use at least one scholarly source and three credible professional sources in addition to the course text.
    • The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Writing Center.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.


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