Aircraft Solutions (AS) is a recognized leader in the design and fabrication of component products and services for companies in the electronics, commercial, defense, and aerospace industry. The mission of AS is to provide customer success through machined products and related services, and to meet cost, quality, and schedule requirements. Company Overview
The main company strategy of Aircraft Solutions is to provide low cost design and computer-aided modeling packages to customers to reduce their development operating cost. One thing AS is especially proud of is that it will help the customer through all phases of new product deployment. It will help starting from the early prototypes through final large-volume production and assembly. Eventually the goal of Aircraft Solutions is to make long-term relationships with its customers and to keep on doing business with them in the long run. AS uses a few different business processes within the company. The first is Business Process Management (BPM). BPM is focused on aligning all aspects of an organization with the wants and needs of clients. It promotes business effectiveness and efficiency while striving for innovation, flexibility, and integration with technology (Chang, 2006). Then the Design Engineering department is responsible for reviewing the electronic models, interacting with the customer and making necessary modifications with customer approval, then placing them in an Engineering Release (ER) directory for programming. Lastly, all final programs must be thoroughly verified for accuracy before releasing to the Proof For Production (PFP) directory for manufacturing to make the production first article. Two Security Weaknesses
Upon assessing the weaknesses of Aircraft Solutions it looks they have a major weakness when it comes to their hardware. The headquarters of AS is located in San Diego, California. Their Commercial Division is 40 miles east in Chula Vista. Their Defense Division is location in Orange County, California. One thing that all of these locations have in common is that they are all in very close proximity of each other.
The problem with these locations being so close together is that all of the servers for Aircraft Solutions are located in the state of California, and California lies on the San Andreas Fault line. In California there is a high risk of earthquakes occurring as they have happened before so many times in the past. Along the Earth's plate boundaries, such as the San Andreas Fault, segments exist where no large earthquakes have occurred for long intervals of time. Scientists name these segments seismic gaps and, in general, have been successful in forecasting the time when some of the seismic gaps will produce large earthquakes. Studies show that California is at a high risk for another big earthquake. Geologic studies show that over the past 1,400 to 1,500 years large earthquakes have occurred at about 150-year intervals on the southern San Andreas Fault. As the last large earthquakes in California occurred in 1857, 1906, and 1952, it is considered highly likely that a large earthquake is due any time now (Shulz and Wallace, 2007).
If a large earthquake should occur in California again, the consequences to mission critical business processes would be extremely bad. Since all of the servers are located in the same state there is no backup server(s) in another state should they go down in the event of this natural disaster. This means that the company will basically be "useless" as they will not be able to process, manufacture, or ship out any products to their customers since their servers and network will be down, and everything relies on the network being up and running. AS's competitive edge will be affected in a very negative way should this threat occur. If an earthquake happens they won't be able to produce any products. The company will be at a standstill and their customers will...