Class Presentation

Project Objectives

For this assignment, you will be providing an oral presentation to your peers in the Computer Network Security class.


First, pick a topic that you would like to learn about in depth. The topic must be related to the broader field of computer security and have been in the news in 2022, 2023, or 2024. The topic should be technical in nature. The completed presentation should be 15 minutes in length and cover content at a technical level appropriate for students majoring in computer science or computer engineering.

Tip: The Security and Privacy News page aggregates current events from a variety of sources.

Tip: The SANS NewsBites newsletters are an excellent source of news on security. Just pick an archive issue at random, and you're almost guaranteed to find an interesting presentation topic within. Be sure to subscribe to stay current in the future!

Tip: The Security Now Podcast archives are also an excellent source of news on security. Full archives and detailed show notes are available.

Once you have picked your topic, write a proposal with the following information:

  • The title of your presentation
  • A 2 paragraph executive summary of the topic you intend to present on
  • At least 3 links providing technical reference material on the selected topic


After your project proposal is approved, read more about your chosen topic and understand it in detail. Then, prepare your presentation. You should provide enough detail and background information such that your peers (other students in the class) are able to understand and appreciate your presentation. The presentation length should be 15 minutes. You should provide 7-9 PowerPoint slides to convey useful figures and diagrams. Some of your peers are visual learners, not auditory learners, and will better appreciate your presentation by viewing a figure instead of listening to your words.

Recorded Video

Submit a video of your oral presentation with the supporting slides.

For the recorded presentation, don't use the most rudimentary method - pointing your phone camera vaguely towards your laptop screen and hitting record. There are myriad screen recorder applications that, combined with a microphone, will produce high quality visuals and audio. Or if you want to get fancy, something like Open Broadcaster Software Studio has a lot of power.

Peer Review

Every presentation will be reviewed by 3 of your classmates (randomly assigned) through a Canvas assignment that is due after presentations are submitted. Peer reviews are anonymous.

Selected Topics

Current Topics - 2024

Name Title
Jacob Bejarano 2 Data Breaches, Less Than 6 Months - LastPass 2022 Data Breaches
Jerry Benavides The cheating epidemic in Escape from Tarkov
Muhammad Moiz Bukhari Unveiling the Art of Concealment: Steganography Techniques and Applications in Modern Cybersecurity
Kyro Carolino Insomniac Games ransomware (Rhysida)
Porter Carrithers Unveiling the Twitter Data Breach of 2022
Emily Chacon Blockchain and The Cybersecurity of Cryptocurrency
Omar Comparan There’s a Pegasus in your Phone
Marcos Cruz MGM Resort Ransomware Attack (2023)
Chunjingwen Cui A Cyber Attack on MGM Resorts
Jeffrey Deng
Harvivek Dhindsa British Library Attacks (Rhysida)
John Gangano
Geoffrey Gonzales 23andMe, The Importance of Securing Old Data
Santi Gutierrez Social Engineering: The Unintentional Enemy Within
Ramis Hasanli ESXiArgs Exposed: A Deep Dive into the 2022 Server Security Ransomware Threat
Hunter Hawley Microsoft Summer 2023 Data Breach
Leah Hernandez Cybercriminals Are Selling Access to Chinese Surveillance Cameras
Channen Hill Discord Image Scams
Riley Houde Sandworm: Cyber Terrorism of the Kremlin
Soojal Kumar Securing the Lifelines: A Deep Dive into Ransomware Attacks on Critical Infrastructure
Ralph Lorenzo Deepfakes
Jingyi Ma AI-Generated Phishing Attacks
Talissa Montez The Midnight Blizzard
Samuel Morikang Zero-Trust Architecture: Enhancing Cybersecurity Resilience
Shahzaib Nadeem Quantum Cryptography
Keven Nguyen Digital Firepower: Cyberwar Between Ukraine and Russia
Anna Noto The use of digital evidence on smartphones in criminal investigations
Felix Pitts Digital Driver’s License
Zachary Reed Alternative exploitation of Log4J
Adeliia Salieva Jenkins Vulnerabilities (CVE-2024-23897 and CVE-2024-23898)
Sevastian Schlau The Quantum Cryptography Issue
Arpit Kumar Singh Mitigating the 2023 Mailchimp Data Breach
Matthew Solorio Dollar Tree data breach
Charles Thomas Direct Memory Access Attacks: Exploiting Vulnerabilities with MemProcFS and PCILeech
Vincent Von Tersch

Past Topics - 2023

March 2022 NVIDIA Data Breach (LAPSUS$)
ESXiArgs (ESXi ransomware)
Malicious QR Codes
ProxyLogon: A Backdoor on Microsoft Exchange Server
John Deere / Right to Repair
Cuba Ransomware attacks / Hancitor malware
Creating a Secure Password Policy for an Organization
The Impact of Supply Chain Cyber Attacks: A closer look at “NotPetya”
ANoM backdoor app used to arrest criminals
Password Encryption fail, LastPass Data Breach 2022
The Dangers of Deepfakes
SH1MMER - Chromebook Un-enrollment Exploit
Security Issues with the Internet of things Devices
Apache Log4j Vulnerability
LockBit 3.0 ransomware
Is private browsing actually private?
There’s a Pegasus in your Phone
Twitter data breach (2022)
Cross Site Request Forgery - Azure
Dangers of iOS vulnerabilities (2022 Zero-Day Vulns)
T-Mobile Data Breach (2021,2022)
Uber data breach (2022)

Past Topics - 2022

Deep Fakes
Acer Data Breach (REvil attack / Desorden attack)
Conti Ransomware Attack on Ireland’s Public Health System
Polkit Exploit (CVE-2021-4034) A.K.A. Pwnkit
Use-after-free in Google Chrome could lead to code execution
Staying Ahead of Quantum Computing
UpdateAgent second-stage payload variants
Blockchain "Bridge" Exploited for $325 million
There’s a Pegasus in your phone
Blockchain and The Cybersecurity of Cryptocurrency
Malicious QR Codes
Emotet-The deadliest trojan
The security of NFTs
Ring Doorbells
Medusa & Flubot: Android banking Trojans
Adobe Acrobat Reader Out of Bounds Read Leads to Privileged Hacker
Clop Ransomware
Project Zero (NSO Zero-click iMessage Exploit)
Microsoft Exchange Server Hacking (ProxyLogon)
Colonial Pipeline (DarkSide ransomware)
Effect of COVID-19 on WFH and awareness of cybersecurity
Vulnerabilities in DNS software (DNSpooq cache poisoning)


Proposal (10 pts)

  • Executive summary of topic - 5 pts
  • Reference links with technical information - 5 pts

Final Presentation (80 pts)

  • Communication Effectiveness - 30 pts
    • Sequencing of Information
    • Effectiveness
    • Use of Graphics
    • Text - Font choice and formatting
    • Spelling and Grammar
    • Delivery
  • Technical Content - 50 pts
    • Technical content accuracy
    • Technical content depth

Peer Review (10 pts)

  • Completion of 3 peer reviews


Submit all files to the Canvas CMS site.

There will be separate Canvas assignments for:

  1. Proposal
  2. Presentation Video (link or .mp4 upload)
  3. Presentation Slides (PDF or PPTX)