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 2019, 2020, or 2021. 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!

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 - 2021

Name Title
Acosta Robles High Risk Attacks, High risk rewards: The dangers of Tech Duopolies
Angulo High Performance Compute Services Under Attack
Aujla Operation Nightscout
Babbar Agent Smith: Mobile malware hits millions of devices
Balerite TeamTNT: Open-Source Cloud-based Cybercrime
Bhavsar SD-WAN security
Che Phishing Services/Scams
Dinh Emotet Malware
Erck Journey into Smart Home Security
Figel How secure is AJAX within web applications?
Fines Solar Wind’s Newly Discovered “Raindrop” Malware
Freeman Software Supply Chain Attacks
Ghantous WastedLocker Ransomware Attack
Jewell FritzFrog: Hopping into Servers
Johnson SQL Injection Attacks
Kan The lost password of the Bitcoin wallet
Kmak TLS 1.3 - Transport Layer Security
Korotzer Dangerous Botnet “Emotet” Taken Down by Europol
LeDawson Trojan Banking - Trickbot
Li Ransomware Surge Is Threatening Hospitals and Medicare
Loo Ransomeware in Hospitals / Healthcare (Trickbot)
Lopez The Mischief of the Kobalos Malware
Menor Capital One Data Breach
Patil Improving the Security of Connected Medical (IoMT) Devices
Pinnamaneni Top 10 Web Application Security Risks and Vulnerabilities to Watch Out for in 2021
Pradhan Snake Ransomware Attack in Fresenius’s System
Rogero Blockchain and The Cybersecurity of Cryptocurrency
Shin Vulnerabilities in DNS software (DNSpooq)
Sordello Kobalos Malware
Syed PayPal Phishing
Villalobos Ripple20 Vulnerabilities Affect Millions of IoT Devices
Whyte Voting Machine Security
Zacarias Zoom’s Spotlight

Past Topics - 2020

BrowseAloud and Crypto-Mining
Connected Cars vs Hackers
Network Segregation
Security Systems in Network Infrastructure
BGP and Threats to Entire Internet
Satellite Cybersecurity
Denial of Service Attacks
Slow Loris - DDoS Revived
NetSupport School
Social Engineering Life Cycle
Active PayPal Phishing Scam Targets
Good Entertainment, Bad Realism (Hacking in Hollywood vs Reality)
EKANS Ransomware
Crypto Ransomware: CryptoPatronum
Ransomware in Healthcare
Emotet Malware
Equifax Data Breach (Apache Struts)
Remote Code Execution Vulnerability in Apple Safari
WhatsApp Bug Allows Malicious Code-Injection, One-Click RCE
APT41 and Exploiting CVE-2019-3396
Dynamic-Link Library (DLL) Side-Loading


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)