Weekly Progress Blog

Week of 1/22/2012

posted Jan 22, 2012, 2:56 PM by Nathan Kosmin

My draft for the research paper is finished and going out for editing. It can be found under "Research Paper" on the left. The script for the video can be found under"Personal Security Video." I will be completing the code for my project tomorrow and beginning debugging.

Week of 12/8/2011

posted Dec 8, 2011, 10:53 AM by Nathan Kosmin

Dr. Valenza went over my outline, and recommended that I narrow the focus of my paper. As per her reccommendation, I will focus in on the impact cybersecurity has on government, international relations, and warfare. My paper will highlight the pressing need for information security in today's world on the international level. I have begun drafting with this in mind, and will finish the draft next week.

I also finished the script for the video, which can be found on the new Personal Security Video page on this site. I will edit and finalize the script next week, and begin shooting.

I also e-mailed Professor Mongan about the cryptography lab -- while he will not be on campus for a while due to Drexel's long holiday break, I will likely do the lesson over Skype with him soon.

To do for next week:
Finish rough draft
Send draft out for edits: Dr. V, Mrs. Pirmann, Mrs. Shirley

Edit and finalize script
Send script out for edits: Dr. V, Mr. Meder, Mrs. Pirmann
Begin shooting/gathering resources for filming

Set up date to work through crypto lab with prof. Mongan

Week of 12/2/2011

posted Dec 2, 2011, 11:40 AM by Nathan Kosmin

Although I've fallen behind in the work, I am confident in my progress this week. The script for the video presentation will be forthcoming soon, and Dr. Valenza will be editing my outline this weekend. I plan to spend next week shooting and writing the rough draft for my paper.

To do list for next week:
Finish rough draft
Get my script edited -- Mr Meder?
Talk to Professor Mongan and set up a time to visit Drexel and work with the RSA lab
Get my draft edited -- Dr. Valenza, Mrs. Shirley
Start shooting video

Week of 11/19/2011

posted Nov 21, 2011, 10:17 AM by Nathan Kosmin

I finished my outline, which can be found on the new Research Paper page. I've begun drafting and started writing a script for my presentation video. My current Works Consulted for the paper is attached.

Week of 11/4/2011

posted Nov 4, 2011, 2:03 PM by Nathan Kosmin

Falling a bit behind in research...I haven't been able to get inter-library loan books and am unsatisfied with the sources I've been finding thus far on the Internet...Fortunately, my Skype call with Professor Mongan today provided me with many papers from Drexel faculty that should be useful for my research. Prof. Mongan also sent me slides from the classes on RSA encryption he taught over the summer. I'm planning to visit and go through some of this at some point, which should be great help for the programming portion of the project.

Week of 10/28/2011

posted Oct 28, 2011, 11:07 AM by Nathan Kosmin   [ updated Oct 28, 2011, 11:07 AM ]

Research continues, after a minor hiccup regarding inter-library loan. I e-mailed Professor Mongan, whose experience teaching classes about encryption and security will be extremely helpful to my research. I completed and posted my initial proposal (see left), and have begun my topic outline.

Actually, It's Thursday...

posted Oct 20, 2011, 11:41 AM by Nathan Kosmin   [ updated Nov 4, 2011, 1:26 PM ]

Already the schedule is starting to change...but in a good way! Over the course of this week, aside from creating the site (truly, a herculean design feat when using Google Sites), I started research for my paper. As there is little available from the school library or the student-provided databases for a sophisticated computer science topic, I sought help from our school librarian, Dr. Valenza, who has provided me access to college databases and advised me to take advantage of inter-library loans. I have also spent some time going through periodicals, and was linked from Wired magazine to an interesting paper, talking about how often users actually consider security warnings.

My Progress Reports

posted Oct 18, 2011, 10:50 AM by Nathan Kosmin

Every Friday, I will post a report of the progress on my Senior Thesis during the week so far. Here's an overview of where I am at the moment for background:

I have narrowed down the focus of my topic to look at information security , information theft, and the impact of hacking and identity theft. The paper and presentation will look at this topic through two different lenses. The paper will take more of a global perspective, looking at businesses, governments, and societies. This will address large-scale issues such as the safety of online finance and the impact of "hacktivists" like the WikiLeaks crew. The presentation will be more personal -- a short movie intended to instruct viewers on how to keep their personal information secure on the Web.

I'm still not certain what I'll do for the project portion. I have ideas floating around in my head which work with passwords, and novel methods of creating strong passwords and strong methods of user identification. The project will most likely be created with JavaScript and embedded on this site.

Check back on Friday for the first thrilling installment of My Progress Reports!


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