The current architecture of the Riordan Manufacturing Company Inc. Wide Area Network and network security in place requires updated documentation. The purpose of this paper is to gather the existing information into a single format and evaluate the WAN and security documentation for an executive overview. Riordan Manufacturing, Inc. is an industry leader in the field of plastic injection molding. With state-of-the art design capabilities, they create innovative plastic designs that have earned international acclaim. Attention to detail, extreme precision and enthusiastic quality control are the hallmarks of Riordan Manufacturing. With facilities in San Jose, California, Albany, Georgia, Pontiac, Michigan and Hangzhou, China, the company is heavily dependent upon their communication networks. The documentation produced by this analysis will give the management at Riordan Manufacturing an understanding of their networks today, a plan for future upgrades and a baseline to evaluate security. The goal of this exercise is three fold. Our first will be to provide an inventory of the existing network components for Riordan Manufacturing designated by location, review the network security for each site, and our last goal is to document the current security plan for use in future planning. Because of the limited scope of the project, several assumptions must be made. The first assumption is that Riordan Manufacturing has accurate records of the current infrastructure and no changes will be made during this study. Furthermore, we must assume the equipment at each location is similarly configured. The deliverables for this project will consist of an inventory by location of the network in a Visio format, description of the security by location of the network, and recommendations for changes to the network design, circuit speeds, and reasons why the changes should be implemented. Not included in the scope of this study are equipment recommendations, cost specifics and timeframes for delivery of new network services. Inventory.
We start off our inventory with the Riordan Manufacturing Headquarters with the computers. We counted a quantity of 35 Dell Optiplex computers. The computers have 2.6 GHz processors, 512 Megabytes of Random Access Memory, and 60 Gigabytes of hard drive storage. These computers are loaded with the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system and the Microsoft Office 2000 office application. The next item that we inventoried was the Apple Macintosh computers. There were 15 of these computers at the headquarters facility. They have dual 2.8 GHZ processors, 1 Gigabytes of Random Access Memory, and 1 Gigabyte hard drives. The servers consist of 2 IBM H520 Blade Servers for network purposes. These servers have dual Xeon 2.8 GHz processors and 1 Gigabytes of Random Access Memory. We also took note of a third IBM H520 Blade Server used for the purpose of exchange. This server also has dual Xeon 2.8 GHz processors and 1 Gigabytes of Random Access Memory. All three of these servers run a server version of the Microsoft Windows operating system. There is also an IBM pSeries server that has a 6E4 Multiprocessor, 1 Gigabytes of Random Access Memory, a 80 Gigabyte hard drive and is used for ERP/MRP. This server runs the UNIX operating system. We found the additional network hardware at the headquarters facility. There are 2 Voice over Internet Protocol routers, 2 Cisco 5950 24 port switches, 1 Linksys EF2H24 24 port hub, and 2 gateway switches. We also located 3 Phaser color printers and 1 Hewlett Packard Plotter. There is a satellite base station to provide a communication link to the China facility. We noted 35 Internet Protocol telephones. We also found 1 Universal Power Supply. And finally our last item was the hardware for the T1 communications line. Next we moved to the Albany plant to continue our inventory with the computers that were located there. We found 8 Compaq Presario computers at the Albany plant. These computers...
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