Company A is a property and casualty insurer underwriting multiple types of insurance. Company A is acquiring Company B, a financial services organization, in order to diversify and increase market share. Company B conducts business in the same geographical area as Company A and delivers business and individual financial planning services. Both companies provide services from their respective offices and at the customer’s site. Both companies use broadband connectivity.
1/15/22, 7:15 PM WGU Performance Assessment
You are the IT director for Company A and will be the chief information officer (CIO) for the merged organization. You are tasked with analyzing, designing, and presenting the proposed IT integration project. Company A has clear IT infrastructure documentation, including a logical diagram, an organizational chart, and a recent security risk analysis. Company B does not have any IT infrastructure documentation, and several security and integration issues are evident. Company B outsources any IT-related needs to a consultant. Leadership for the merged organization has allocated a limited budget of $35,000 for this project and will expect justification for recommended expenditures.
Integration project requirements include following secure network design principles, selecting or repurposing secure network components, assuring secure communication channels, addressing relevant regulatory compliance, minimizing potential network problems and security threats, delivering integration cost savings, and aligning IT to meet the business needs of the post-merger organization. This post-merger organization will reflect one corporate office and a branch office.