Critical Infrastructure Security - Assignment 2: Developing an Industrial Network Plan

Instructor: Ryan Villard
If you have a College Accelerator membership and are seeking college credit for this course, you must submit an assignment and pass the proctored final exam. You must submit your assignment before registering for the final. Below you will find prompts and instructions for submitting your assignment.

About this Assignment

In this course, you have learned about critical infrastructure systems and the importance of securing these vital infrastructures. All systems are vulnerable, but industrial networks are considered critical infrastructure and threats against them can be far more devastating.

This assignment will help you think critically about how to design, implement, and monitor large industrial networks from the ground up.


For this assignment, you will take on the role of a network security employee for a brand-new power plant. It is your responsibility to develop a plan to safeguard against a breach of critical infrastructure and set up responses to likely breaches. This plan should include the initial network setup, proactive preventative security measures, and contingency plans for when something goes wrong, like part of the network going down or an attack on the system.

This new power plant has 50 employees, all of whom can work remotely at least one day per week so they must be able to VPN into the network remotely. Each employee needs quick connectivity and advanced systems to monitor the processes at the plant. Consider the above information when making your design decisions and establishing your security measures and contingency plans; you must justify your decisions based on what you've learned in the course and external sources, explaining why and how certain structures will safeguard the system and prevent attacks.

Your written plan should be between 2,000 and 2,500 words long, including a 300 word executive summary that addresses the main points of your plan. You must write your plan as if you were proposing it to the head of the security who is looking for network security options for the new plant.


While you should draw upon most of the lessons in this course, the following may be particularly helpful when completing this assignment:

Any sources you use for this assignment, whether external or, must be cited on a reference page that uses APA format. If you are not sure how to use APA to cite sources, see the following lessons:

Formatting & Using Sources

Please write your paper in the APA format. You may refer to the course material for supporting evidence, but you must also use at least 5 credible outside sources and cite them using APA format. Please include a mix of both primary and secondary sources, with at least one source from a scholarly peer-reviewed journal. If you use any lessons as sources, please also cite them in APA (including the lesson title and instructor's name).

  • Primary sources are first-hand accounts such as interviews, advertisements, speeches, company documents, statements, and press releases published by the company in question.
  • Secondary sources come from peer-reviewed scholarly journals, such as the International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection and International Journal of Smart Grid and Clean Energy. You may use sources like JSTOR, Google Scholar, and IEEE to find articles from these journals. Secondary sources may also come from reputable websites with .gov, .edu, or .org in the domain. (Wikipedia is not a reputable source, though the sources listed in Wikipedia articles may be acceptable.)

If you're unsure about how to use APA format to cite your sources, please see the following lessons:

Grading Rubric

Your assignment will be graded based on the following rubric:

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