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The parent of an aquired contracting company, providing services
to the oil and gas industry required immiediate access to the
data resources of their new aquisition. But prior to the implementation
of any IT infrastructure integration between the two companies,
the parent sought our services as it required an independent assessment
of the IT security state of the Infrastructue of the newly aquired
The policies and standards of the new acquisition needed to be
assessed and mapped against those of the parent. The scope of
the technical infrastructure ranged from LAN based desktop machines
to Internet infrastructure and hosts on the Internet. Interconnections
to branch offices, client and suppliers of the new acquisition
were required to be enumerated and included in the scope of the
Due to the nature of project, infrastructure and time constraints
meant that it was decided to split the project into two parts to
be performed on-site and off-site in parallel. The on-site actions
were to include staff interview, documentation review, build standard
audit and policies and standards audits. Off-site actions were to
perform a vulnerability assessment of Internet connected hosts.
Off-site actions involved enumerating the Internet hosts and the
Internet platform. Off-site Internet hosts were located in 3rd party
hosting and included mail and web servers.
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