has to work on either a term paper or a term project in this course. The student has the option to work on a topic of her/his choosing. Alternately, the student has the option of getting involved in one of the many research projects that the instructor is working on. Not only these projects have the potential to result in excellent quality term papers, but extensions of those can result in M.S. theses. If you are interested in any of these please feel free to talk with the instructor.
Term papers/projects should be technical in nature, appropriate for an audience knowledgable in computer security (at the graduate level). The length of the term paper should be about 5000 words. For term projects you have to give a demonstration of the project to the instructor and provide a 2000 word report along with all source codes.
If you are working on one of the instructor's projects, the deliverable requirements might be different. Note that these projects require extensive collaboration with other students working with the instructor and his colleagues, weekly meetings and time-bound progress. In addition, the student must commit to "wrapping up the work" if needed after the semester.
If you are unsure about whether to write a term paper or do a term project, ask the instructor. As a general rule, if you are more of the researchy type, a term paper is more appropriate. On the other hand, if you are somebody who likes to get your hands dirty looking at systems, a term project is more appropriate.
The student is strongly encouraged to work with the instructor in the term paper / term project. For many students this will probably be the first attempt at a serious term paper writing. The instructor is there to help you with your efforts.
Term paper organization format (Minimum requirements)
The final term paper should have an abstract of about 300 words that summarizes (i) the motivation for the work and (ii) the contributions made. It should be followed by a list of keywords. The Introduction section should begin by elaborating on the motivation. Next comes an overview of your work followed by summary of contributions made. The last paragraph of the introduction should describe how the rest of the term paper is organized. A required section in the term paper should be called Related Work that should describe some of the published works on the same topic. The term paper should also have a Conclusion section that (i) summarizes the term paper and (ii) indicates what are some of the avenues of future work along the lines of the term paper. Last but not the least the term paper should contain a set of references.
If you are new
to technical writing or would like to brush up your skills, here
is an excellent document to help you, courtesy of Professor H.J. Siegel
of C.S.U's ECE department.
Latest Research in Computer Security
To identify a good topic to
work on do some literature review first. If you do not already have a specific
topic to work on feel free to select one from the list below.
Survey works make excellent term papers, if executed to the proper technical depth and rigor. If the survey is superficial
(that is, it is suitable for the technically challenged) it will not be considered
favorably. Typically survey papers should talk about topics that we did
not cover in the course. A good survey will not only talk about the best
works in that topic but will also contain some discussion about the open
challenges in the area. Remember, a good survey paper can be the launching pad for your MS thesis and even PhD dissertation.
Here are some
suggestions for term paper and term project topics. Please feel free to
choose one from this list. This list is, by no means, exhaustive.
There are many interesting projects that the instructor is working on
with his Ph.D. students and colleagues such as fraud detection in
on-line social networks, intrusion detection in heavy vehicle controller
network, intrusion detection in oil and natural gas generation systems,
attribute-based access control in health-care information systems,
key management in smart grids, embedding keys in physically
un-secured systems and de-linking sensitive records in medical systems. You may want to work on these topics specially if you are interested in pursuing an M.S. or Ph.D. thesis in security.
|Term Paper Topics
||Term Project Topics
|Trust in information system security
||Trust negotiation and management
|Cost models for security
||Secure routing protocols
|Security in mobile and pervasive environment
||Authentication protocols for distributed systems
|Critical infrastructure protection
||Digital forensics technologies
|Security and privacy in smart and connected communities
||Designing network vulnerability scanners|
|Secure process migration
||Attack visualization tools
|AI for Security / Security of AI
||Key distribution and management protocol
||On-line certificate protocols
|Secure electronic voting
|Digital rights management
|Novel techniques for fair exchange in E-commerce / M-commerce
||Privacy enhancing technology
|Access control models beyond MAC / DAC
||Protocols for securing audit logs
|Privacy - Models, protocols and techniques
Once you have picked a topic
that sounds interesting search for publications in the related area at the
main computer security venues:
Term paper / Term project
The term paper will be evaluated
on its technical merit and depth, description of and comparison with related
work, originality and presentation, as is typically done in peer-reviewed
conferences and journals. For term projects, the emphasis will be on functionality
and documentation. Source code for term projects must be submitted as a single archive file.
The archive should include clear instructions for compiling and
executing the code (including platforms on which to run the programs;
the instructor has access to the following platforms - Linux, Mac OS
(10.14 or higher), Windows 10.
For term projects, please
keep in mind that the instructor may not have access to you when
grading. Thus, if your programs fail to compile properly on the
specified platform you will be getting a failing grade on the term
The student can work
individually or in groups
on the term paper / term project. If the student is working in a group, the student should submit a 1 page document (in addition to the term paper/project report) that summarizes the student's contributions to the joint work.
The student shall identify a topic by the end of the second week of classes (please refer to the course web page under schedule for important deadlines). The student shall discuss the topic with the instructor before starting work on it. A two page abstract of the term paper is due by the end of the fourth week. This abstract should adequately motivate the topic and describe the work to be performed for the term paper. Some intial references (about 5) should also be included in the two page writeup.
Term papers should be submitted electronically in PDF format.