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Faraz Hussain
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Hi to all,

Can you all help me by giving areas of digital forensics that could make a good dissertation topic as I am struggling to find a area to discuss about. I've had few ideas but according to my supervisor they all have been touched upon in great detail so i am hoping that some of the professionals on here could help me.

 

 
Posted : 28/10/2020 5:16 pm
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jaclaz
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Well, start by listing what you had in mind (and that your supervisor rejected).

There is a known trend about similar questions, JFYI:

https://www.forensicfocus.com/forums/education-and-training/msc-digital-forensics-dissertation-ideas/

jaclaz

 
Posted : 29/10/2020 10:19 am
benfindlay
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Indeed, to echo Jaclaz's comments, what are your existing ideas? Maybe those can be tweaked to suit?

Also, at what level is this dissertation? Undergraduate or Postgraduate?

At UG level, there is generally not a requirement for "novel" work to be done, so the fact that the area may be well documented already shouldn't stand in your way.

At PG level, you can still contribute something "novel" to an established body of knowledge, simply by updating that field with any new developments (for example a hypothetical new version of a popular chat app with a new database format - how is forensic examination of it different now?).

Hope this helps,

Ben

 
Posted : 29/10/2020 1:47 pm
Faraz Hussain
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@jaclaz well I had few ideas that have been rejected. Below are some ideas that have been rejected due to the fact they have been analysed in detail already. It would be very helpful if you can suggest any ideas you may have that could help me.

Investigate mobile cloud computing and the security issues relating to it.

Analysing how global systems assess the security threats they are facing in the 21st century and what measures they have put in place to counter these threats.

How IoT privacy, data protection and security concerns have grown over the years with evolving technology.

Investigating cyber terrorism trends and the impacts of it on technology.

 

 
Posted : 29/10/2020 3:36 pm
Faraz Hussain
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@benfindlay I am a undergraduate student.

 
Posted : 29/10/2020 3:37 pm
jaclaz
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@Faraz Hussein

Those ideas seem to me like having been not at all analyzed in detail, the key point IMHO is that they are (as often happens BTW) incredibly vast and "vague" and - besides - a hypothetical study on those topics published early this year (with data gathered last year) would be already partially outdated today, that kind of stuff is everchanging.

Even when/if those topics will be narrowed enough, they additionally seem to  me way above the level of an undergraduate, both for the inherent difficulty and for the nature of the topic (come on, do you really believe that real data about real cyber terrorism - and its trends - are actually available to an undergraduate for his research?).

Semi-random idea, given the times we are living in, what about a study on the various COVID-19 tracing apps, their (in) effectiveness, their implications (for privacy, etc.) their (in)security, etc.

Just yesterday I was reading an interesting article on (some of) the various implementations, it seems to me like an interesting field of research:

https://d1gi.medium.com/the-pandemic-app-ecosystem-investigating-493-covid-related-ios-apps-across-98-countries-cdca305b99da

jaclaz

 
Posted : 30/10/2020 8:54 am
Faraz Hussain
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@jaclaz Thanks for the suggestion of the COVID-19 app, it has been accepted.

 
Posted : 30/10/2020 11:34 am
jaclaz
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Boy, that was fast.

Happy to have been of help.

jaclaz

 
Posted : 30/10/2020 4:32 pm
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