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Dissertation Ideas

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jhooker
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Dissertation Ideas

Post Posted: Sep 24, 07 12:18

Hello!

My final year project is quickly approaching for my Forensic Computing degree - and thinking about what to do it on.

My thinking is to do something really impressive so that when I finish and start the job hunt, this project could carry some weight behind it. I already have more experience than most grads in the general IT industry - but think that a good FYP could be the icing on the cake.

So to you people who are already in the industry - is there anything in particular that if a grad came up to you and said- "I did <this>" that you would think impressive?

(Private messages welcome on this one as well, obviously)

Thanks!  
 
  

ddow
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Re: Dissertation Ideas

Post Posted: Sep 24, 07 16:42

Well there are lots of possibilities. Could you share what your interests and strengths are so we might be able to focus a little? What kinds of things would you like? Remember, you'll live with this for a while. Smile
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jhooker
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Re: Dissertation Ideas

Post Posted: Sep 25, 07 01:32

Hi ddow, thanks for the reply!


I'm really open to suggestions - but am quite interested in cryptograhpy, particularly Quantum Crypto and hiding stuff.

Encrypting and hiding something in say a video or the guts of a file system would also be very interesting.  
 
  

ddow
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Re: Dissertation Ideas

Post Posted: Sep 25, 07 07:05

Well, if crypto is "your thing" a good EFS paper. How it works, header info, and most important, how to do key recovery under a variety of scenarios (key on thumb drive, local admin cert, domain cert).

Stego is also a fun topic but less practical info to most of us.

Other crypto posibilities could include artifacts and characteristics of each crypto system you can locate. Another possibility would be which password recovery system works best for what circumstances.

These are a few ideas off the top of my head. Others probably have even better ideas.
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libertate
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Re: Dissertation Ideas

Post Posted: Sep 26, 07 00:18

I second the EFS, and take it a step further. Do a study of BitLocker which is definitely new and up-in-coming today. By the time you finish your work, it will be perfect timing Very Happy

Maybe you can talk about low-tech vs. high-tech encryption.

It seems that most security breaches are not high tech (i.e. quantum key dist.), but something "duh" level...  
 

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