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#1 joshuk12

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Posted 02 February 2016 - 08:25 PM

hi there, new to this forum looking for some dissertation ideas..

 

i currently doing my last year (level 6) computer security degree and have to do a dissertation that is computer security focus. For this dissertation i have to do:

 

  1. 8000-15000 report which includes:
  • history, past or previous information about the topic
  • findings 
  • artefact (something i have created to test out my theory this could be (program, website, algorithm, prototype ect)
  • and then answer the question i have chosen

 

i have an idea area id like to do which is cyber attacking but im unsure on the what the question will be and what can i make as the artefact any idea would be very helpful

 

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Posted 02 February 2016 - 10:08 PM

A scary new trend that may interest you is "Fileless Malware." This is written directly into memory and uses the registry for persistence. Malwarebytes has a detailed write up here: https://blog.malwarebytes.org/exploits-2/2014/09/fileless-infections-from-exploit-kit-an-overview/

 

Seems like a rising topic in need of new research and defense ideas. Hope this helps.



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Posted 02 February 2016 - 10:25 PM

Sounds interesting but the only problem would be whathe would I create as a artifact for it

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 08:04 AM


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Posted 07 February 2016 - 02:38 PM

Joshuk12,

 

Perhaps you could develop a tool to identify processes running in memory that have no executable on disk.  I don't know if this is possible just and idea to investigate.



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Posted 29 March 2016 - 05:34 AM

hi,posted in this forums before about topic ideas for my dissertation in university. i have decided to go with:

 

"looking a the past, current and future malware, and how can malware impact a small business"

 

there is a lot of research within this topic, my only issue is within creating my dissertation/project you have to create something that's called an 'artefact' (something i have produced to resolve an academic question) 

 

an artefact can be things like:

  • program
  • set of framework/guidelines 
  • hardware ect

any ideas on what kind of artefact i can create about malware, my current idea is:

 

  • Creating a framework and structured report where a small business can look at if they want to secure their business to prevent malware intrusion

 

  • another idea is similar but creating a disaster recovery framework for a business that has already been hit with malware

any ideas would be very helpful  

 

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Posted 29 March 2016 - 06:38 AM

Since you already have an existing topic on this subject, I merged your new reply into it.
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Posted 29 March 2016 - 06:48 PM

hi,posted in this forums before about topic ideas for my dissertation in university. i have decided to go with:
 
"looking a the past, current and future malware, and how can malware impact a small business"
 
[/LIST]any ideas would be very helpful  
 
thank you


This may help?

12th Report - Malware and cyber crime - Volume I. http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/committees/recent-reports/cmsctech---12th-rep---hc15371/
Report: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201012/cmselect/cmsctech/1537/1537.pdf


Symantec whitepapers.
https://www.symantec.com/content/en/us/enterprise/media/security_response/whitepapers/firefox_and_malware.pdf
http://www.symantec.com/security_response/publications/threatreport.jsp
https://www4.symantec.com/mktginfo/whitepaper/ISTR/21347932_GA-internet-security-threat-report-volume-20-2015-social_v2.pdf
http://www4.symantec.com/mktginfo/whitepaper/ISTR/21347931_GA-internet-security-threat-report-volume-20-2015-appendices.pdf

Secret Malware in European Union Attack Linked to U.S. and British Intelligence. https://theintercept.com/2014/11/24/secret-regin-malware-belgacom-nsa-gchq/
 

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. ― Albert Einstein ― Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.

 

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