The following are some possible topics for your CS378 project. You'll write a paper on topic. The topics below are simply suggestions. You are free to define your own topic or to revise one of these. However, your topic must deal with a substantive issue in information assurance and security and must be approved by Dr. Young. You will be submitting a report on the topic and preparing a "poster presentation" on your topic.
You are strongly encouraged to work with a team of up to 4 students on the project.
No two groups may choose the same topic, though topics may be related. So if you find one of the following attractive, stake your claim early. There is more than enough material for a book on any one of the following topics, but some likely will require more digging than others.
If you are feeling somewhat ambitious, Prof. Shmatikov often posts lists of topics for projects for his security classes. You might look there for additional ideas: Prof. Shmatikov's courses.
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