Compare and contrast network policies and best practices.


You have been hired as part of the networking team at UMGC. After completing orientation and training, your manager calls you into a meeting to discuss your first project.

The University is interested in creating a repository of networking knowledge based on research papers. The research papers will be drafted by all employees, and you may select from a list of approved topics. As a junior network engineer, you are asked to prepare a research paper that best aligns with your interests. The approved research topics include:

  • Compare and contrast the characteristics of network topologies, types and technologies.
  • Summarize cloud concepts and their purposes.
  • Explain devices, applications, protocols and services at their appropriate OSI layers.
  • Explain the functions of network services.
  • Explain the purposes of virtualization and network storage technologies.
  • Compare and contrast business continuity and disaster recovery concepts.
  • Explain common scanning, monitoring and patching processes and summarize their expected outputs.
  • Explain authentication and access controls.
  • Compare and contrast network policies and best practices.

The research paper represents a great opportunity to focus additional study towards a networking topic of your interest. It is also an opportunity for you to gain further expertise about a particular aspect of networking fundamentals that you will be asked about in the certification exam.

After speaking to your manager, you are excited about the research project, but realize you will have a busy schedule. As you are writing the research paper, you will also have to prepare for the CompTIA Network+ Certification exam. To prepare, you will perform the activities and labs within the TestOut LabSim environment following the proposed weekly schedule. One of the conditions of your employment at this University is that you obtain this certification within 60-days of being hired.

The Network Research Project Requirements:

The Network Research Project (NRP) expectations are to explain the concepts you are learning as part of this Networking Fundamentals course. This is not an extensive review of the topic areas, but instead a cursory exploration of any approved topic you find most interesting.

You should consider the additional details below to guide you through completion of the NRP.

  • Quality is valued over quantity, but quantity is necessary for a quality paper. It is estimated that 3 – 5 pages (not including the title page) would be necessary to address each Network Research Project (NRP) topic.
  • Each Network Research Project (NRP) must have an Introduction. The introduction should address the purpose of your project, and an overview of what you will convey to the reader. Each NRP must have a Conclusion. The conclusion should summarize your findings in a succinct manner. The remaining format will be at your discretion. It is suggested that you review the NRP details under each approved topic and outline their paper accordingly. You should maintain a consistent format throughout the entirety of the document.
  • All sources must be cited using the IEEE format. This is an excellent guide that covers all aspects of citing in IEEE style. Why do we use IEEE format? IEEE format is used in technical fields when writing research papers. Do not plagiarize any material or content. The use of figures and diagrams is encouraged where appropriate. Students should contact UMUC Effective Writing Center for any required writing assistance.
  • You will be allowed to submit the NRP three times. The first two draft submissions are not graded, but will receive feedback from your Professor. Draft version 1 should be submitted by Sunday of Week 3. Draft version 2 should be submitted by Sunday of Week 5. You should address the feedback in the context of the NRP grading rubric. The final draft of the NRP is submitted in Week 8. It must first be uploaded to Turnitin, and then the Assignment folder. Submitting a draft in Week 3 and 5 is not mandatory, but highly encouraged. You will not receive feedback or have an opportunity to resubmit a draft in Week 8. A submission in Week 8 will be your final, graded version of the NRP. If you are satisfied with your feedback prior to Week 8, you have the ability to submit you final draft early by uploading it to Turnitin, and submitting it to the Week 8 Assignment folder.
  • You should use proper terminology and expand acronyms in each paragraph they are used. For example, the first time in a paragraph an acronym is used it should be expanded (e.g., University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC)). Thereafter, and as long as you are in the same paragraph, the acronym (e.g., UMGC) can be used. When starting a new paragraph, the rule begins anew.
  • Review the Network Research Project (NRP) grading rubric to understand the expectations, and how the final draft will be graded.

Project Details:

Details on each topic area are provided below to provide further understanding of expectations for the Network Research Project (NRP). You will select one topic area to conduct the NRP. At a minimum, you should address the details provided for each topic area. However, you are not limited by these additional details. You are encouraged to research and discuss additional aspects under any of these approved topic areas.

  • Compare and contrast the characteristics of network topologies, types and technologies.
    • Wired Topologies (logical vs physical, star, ring, mesh, and bus)
    • Wireless Topologies (mesh, ad hoc, other infrastructure)
    • Types (LAN, WLAN, MAN, WAN, CAN, SAN, and PAN)
    • Technologies that facilitate the Internet of Things (Z-Wave, Ant+ Bluetooth, NFC, IR, RFID, and 802.11)
  • Summarize cloud concepts and their purposes.
    • Types of services (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS)
    • Cloud delivery models (Private, Public, and Hybrid)
    • Connectivity methods
    • Security implications / considerations
    • Relationships between local and cloud resources
  • Explain devices, applications, protocols and services at their appropriate OSI layers.
    • Layer 1 (Physical)
    • Layer 2 (Data Link)
    • Layer 3 (Network)
    • Layer 4 (Transport)
    • Layer 5 (Session)
    • Layer 6 (Presentation)
    • Layer 7 (Application)
  • Explain the functions of network services.
    • DNS service (record types, internal vs external DNS, third-party/cloud hosted DNS, hierarchy, forward vs reverse zone)
    • DHCP service (MAC reservations, pools, IP exclusions, scope options, lease time, TTL, DHCP relay)
    • NTP
    • IPAM
    • VoIP
    • Simple Network Management Protocol
    • File sharing
    • WWW
    • Printing
  • Explain the purposes of virtualization and network storage technologies.
    • Virtual Networking Component (Virtual switch, firewall, NIC, router, hypervisor)
    • Network storage types (NAS, SAN)
    • Connection Type (FCoE, Fibre Channel, iSCSI, InfiniBand)
    • Jumbo Frame
    • Compare and contrast business continuity and disaster recovery concepts.
    • Availability Concepts (Fault tolerance, high availability, load balancing, NIC teaming, port aggregation, clustering)
    • Power Management (Battery backups/UPS, power generators, dual power supplies, redundant circuits)
    • Recovery (Cold sites, warm sites, hot sites)
    • Backups (Full, differential, incremental, snapshots)
    • MTTR
    • MTBF
    • SLA requirements
  • Explain common scanning, monitoring and patching processes and summarize their expected outputs.
    • Process (log reviewing, port scanning, vulnerability scanning, patch management, reviewing baselines, packet/traffic analysis)
    • Event management (notifications, alerts, SIEM)
    • SNMP monitors (MIB)
    • Metrics (Error rate, utilization, packet drops, bandwidth/throughput)
  • Explain authentication and access controls.
    • Authorization, authentication, and accounting (RADIUS, TACACS+, Kerberos, Single sign-on, Local authentication, LDAP, Certificates, Auditing and logging)
    • Multi-factor authentication (something you know, have, are, do, or somewhere you are)
    • Access Control (802.1x, NAC, port security, MAC filtering, captive portal, access control lists)
  • Summarize common networking attacks.
    • DoS (Reflective, amplified, distributed)
    • Social engineering
    • Insider threat
    • Logic bomb
    • Rogue access point
    • Evil twin
    • War-driving
    • Phishing
    • Ransomware
    • DNS poisoning
    • Brute force
    • Exploits vs. Vulnerabilities
  • Compare and Contrast network policies and best practices.
    • Privileged user agreement
    • Password policy
    • On-boarding/off-boarding procedures
    • Licensing restrictions
    • International export controls
    • Data loss prevention
    • Remote access policies
    • Incident response policies
    • BYOD
    • AUP
    • NDA
    • System life cycle (asset disposal)
    • Safety procedures and policies
My MasterPapers
Calculate your paper price
Pages (550 words)
Approximate price: -

Why Us

Outstanding Academic Writing Service

At, you are assured of professional essay writing help from the leading experts online. Quality comes at the forefront of our custom writing service to ensure that all our customers are satisfied with the work delivered. We value repeat customers. For this reason, we ensure that each task is completed to perfection for high scores.

Top Writers

Our hiring process is highly intensive. The writers are exposed to a strict selection procedure before hiring to ensure that we acquire the most qualified, well-educated and experienced writers. Our team of writers, professors, editors and researchers will ensure that you get incredible results.

Plagiarism-Free Papers

We highly discourage plagiarism. For this reason, we have trained our writers in such a way that all the papers are written from scratch and are free from plagiarism. We also pay attention to ensure that each paper is completed as per the instructions provided. Referencing and citations are done as per the paper format selected by the customer. These include: APA, MLA, Chicago, Harvard, Turabian among others.

24/7 Customer Support

You can contact our support team via the chat window at the bottom right corner. Alternatively, feel free to email us via our support email: Our team is available 24/7 to respond to your queries and guide you though where need be.

Swift Delivery & 100% Money Back Guarantee

Simply choose the desired deadline when placing the order. The task is assigned to the most qualified writer as soon as the order is successfully placed. All the papers are delivered to you within the deadline selected. In case a paper cannot be delivered within the deadline selected, we request for a deadline extension within the shortest time possible.

Free Unlimited Revisions

Our customers can always request for a revision in case they feel that something needs to be added or changed after the final paper has been delivered. We do not charge for revisions. However, we highly discourage our customers from misusing this policy.

Try it now!

Calculate the price of your order

Total price:

How it works?

Follow these simple steps to get your paper done

Place your order

Fill in the order form and provide all details of your assignment.

Proceed with the payment

Choose the payment system that suits you most.

Receive the final file

Once your paper is ready, we will email it to you.

Our Services specializes in custom essay writing for all level of students. Simply relax as we get your paper done within the timeline indicated.


Academic Help Service

Our team of skilled writers and researchers is readily available to get any type of academic paper completed. We deliver high quality papers and projects to our customers to ensure that we maintain a long-term relationship that will shine your academic career.


Admission Essays & Professional Writing

An admission essay allows you to express yourself by providing personal details that wouldn’t have fit on other areas of an application. We have a team of experienced writers who will get you to the desired academic level through a professional and a personalized admission essay.


Editing & proofreading

Are you seeking for editing or proofreading help? We have a team of editors who will ensure that any issue within you paper has been addressed. Upload the paper to be cleaned up and relax as we get the job done.


Revision Support

At, you can always ask for revision in case you want some changes in you paper. We focus on ensuring that the grammar, research and formatting are done as per the latest academic writing standards.