Thanks for the help man! but let me explain a bit more...
Firstly, no the project won't be a paper; it will be a software more or less, it could be a firewall, an ids, a modified version of a protocol implementation, a network security related tool like a traceroute or something, implementation of a new concept, in short it could be virtually any running piece of code/application/program/software/tool whatever you might want to call it. Along with it we will obviously have to provide documentation too, like regular progress reports, and with the finished project an SRS maybe, or class diagrams, presentations etc or something of the sort. But thats not of concern right now.
When i said we have been told to research our FYP topics, i meant that we have been told to do research ourselves and decide what exactly do we want to build and do "enough" research just yet to make a FYP proposal and get it approved. If it does get approved then obviously i'll have to do more research into the topic and learn appropriate coding/APIs/techniques etc and alongside start implementing the code and stuff. For example when i posted this topic i read somewhere about "firewalking" (a technique to penetrate firewalls) and found it kind of interesting but i don't have enough knowledge to know about more such topics, as like you said security is a very broad field, lots of ways to go about and thus the reason i am here.
Now the courses that i mentioned i will be taking, i won't be taking all of those in my next semester, I just wrote down the ones that i will be taking in the remaining of my semesters from the top of my head, that i felt were relevant. Anyhow 3 of the courses that i mentioned are actually going to be in my next semester, those are i think Network Security, Cryptography and Distributed Systems. Anyways the point in mentioning them was for you or anyone whose willing to help, to get to know the "scope of my field/degree/course" so to speak.
So what i basically want is guidance towards topics/techniques/information/sub-fields that could potentially account for a competitive and unique FYP. The problem actually is that we are told to select our FYPs in 6th semester when we are just getting into the ACTUAL field; meaning that we have yet to study the core topics in network security like i mentioned, but this is the time that we HAVE to choose and propose our FYP regarding that very same field. So i have very limited knowledge regarding the field i am supposed to do an FYP on, as i have yet to actually study it.
I hope i have been more clear this time and that you or someone here could help out!
-- Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:53 pm --
ghost107 wrote:Here's some things from my domain, the topics are a little advanced:
-Web Services Security(SOAP, REST)
-Security for Grid Services (Rocks Clusters + Globus Toolkit, or a linux Distro + Globus Toolkit)
-Security in a Cluster Computing System(CORBA, or JBOSS)
-Fault-Tolerant Network Cluster(Similar as previous, making system to continue operation at reduced level)
Which of these fields have actual potential implementable code/tool/program, so that i'll focus my research on those topics. I don't know if i am explaining correctly but i hope you understand what i am saying, as at the end of the day i have to come up with an actual program/tool/software etc. Preferably it could be something not done before,a new approach, or a variation/enhancement of something already done or even if its something already done like an IDS, it should be good; so it should be something that could be researched as well as implemented in a one year's time for an undergrad student. And thanks for the help!