Identify the software options to consider along with the associated costs and risks of those options.

(1 page) Step 11: Weigh Software Options

You are finally ready to write your recommendation memo. Before you begin, look over your research one more time and evaluate your findings. Identify the software options to consider along with the associated costs and risks of those options. Your options should include procurement, development, and open source.

(2 pages, very important) Step 12: Software Recommendation Memo

Now that you have weighed the software options in Step 11, write your memo recommending an approach to software acquisition for the organization. Address it to procurement, with coordination through the chief information officer. This memo will educate leadership on the importance of making the right software decisions for the organization, so the memo will describe the software development life cycle (SDLC) and its applicability to the current needs of your organization. The two-page memorandum should accomplish the following:

  • Articulate the software needs of the organization.
  • Identify the software options that best meet the organization’s needs.
  • Make a recommendation for your organization supported by a rationale.
  • Describe the key attributes of the software development life cycle (SDLC).
  • Describe the weaknesses of commonly used software (word processing, spreadsheets, email platforms).
  • Identify any known risks of your recommendation and describe supply chain risk management your organization could implement.
  • Detail the costs involved in your recommendation.
  • Cite contract language that would be used to ensure that supply chain, system, network, and operational security were met.

Submit the memo to your instructor for review. 

Before you submit your assignment, review the competencies below, which your instructor will use to evaluate your work. A good practice would be to use each competency as a self-check to confirm you have incorporated all of them in your work.

  • 6.1: Analyze secure software development methodologies and describe the cybersecurity issues that each methodology addresses.
  • 6.4: Explain systems life cycle management concepts used to plan, develop, implement, operate, and maintain information systems.
  • 9.4: Demonstrate secure principles, methods, and tools used in the software development life cycle.
  • 9.5: Describe the cybersecurity implications related to procurement and supply chain risk management.
  • Step 13: Implement Software PurchaseAssuming that the CEO approves your recommendation, you will be tasked with implementing the software development. The new software will result in some changes for the accounting department, and you need to alert them to what they can expect, and what you as the CISO expect of them in order to keep the information and networks of your organization secure.
    • Identify the change management and patch management (software maintenance) required for the solutions you have recommended. Include behavioral changes as well as technical changes.
    • Develop an email communication from you to the workforce that alerts the workforce to the coming changes, explains the rationale for them, and tells them what they should expect as the new solutions are being implemented. Give them any information on potential work disruptions and also provide steps they should take to report issues or to get assistance during the transition.
  • (2 pages) Step 13: Implement Software PurchaseAssuming that the CEO approves your recommendation, you will be tasked with implementing the software development. The new software will result in some changes for the accounting department, and you need to alert them to what they can expect, and what you as the CISO expect of them in order to keep the information and networks of your organization secure.
    • Identify the change management and patch management (software maintenance) required for the solutions you have recommended. Include behavioral changes as well as technical changes.
    • Develop an email communication from you to the workforce that alerts the workforce to the coming changes, explains the rationale for them, and tells them what they should expect as the new solutions are being implemented. Give them any information on potential work disruptions and also provide steps they should take to report issues or to get assistance during the transition.
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