- Week One: We met the staff and Grad students at OGI and
began work on a slide presentation that we will be giving
within the next two weeks. This presentation covers network
Security from an intrusion perspective. It was a little bit
of a slow start, as our first two days were spent furiously
reading a topic previously little known to us. However, once
we began working on our slides and organizing the data we
were covering, things seemed to pick up speed and interest.
- Week Two: Our slide presentation appears to be done and
we will be giving a dry run presentation to Dr. Feng next
week. We have been installing Linux and Windows on our
computers and have been familiarizing ourselves with
everything. We will soon be attempting to hack into one
another's computers to demonstrate different techniques.
- Week Three: Linux is installed, updated and running, and
I am trying to get used to it. I believe that I'm spoiled by
easier operating systems! Some of the hacking programs that
we are experimenting with are putting up quite a struggle,
but we should have them ironed out soon. We have attended a
reading group this week, and are scheduled to attend another
this afternoon. Tomorrow we are going to a presentation
given by a representative from Oracle which should be very
- Week Four: I can't believe another week is gone. We
presented part one of our slides to the group and got a lot
of positive feedback. We will be presenting part two next
week. We are also working on setting up Forensix on several
computers in our office; this may take a few days.
- Week Five: We attended several reading groups and are
presenting the second half of our slides to the group
tomorrow. We are almost through setting up the Forensix
system on our Linux boxes, and are looking forward to
learning all about it. We drove 6 hours down the Oregon
Coast to visit Bandon and the Wildlife Safari there. We had
a great time!
- Week Six: We have finished presenting our slides to the
group and the slides have been posted on the SYSL website.
We are now actively working with the Forensix system and
have setup both a front and back end to experiment with. I
will be learning to write SQL querries to combat attempts to
subvert the system.
- Week Seven: It has been a week of meeting, reading
groups and heavy reading. I have been reading some of the
SQL queries that have been used on the Forensix system to
determine the time frame on hacks and intrusions on the
system, and am getting a stronger grip on the entire
concept. I have been reading through a paper on Forensix
written by one of the grad students here, but need more
information and practice before I can write queries of my
- Week Eight: It's hard to believe that we only have one
more week here. To get the full results we really wanted, we
would need another year! In any case, we seem to have run
into a software glitch and may have to completely reinstall
both Linux and Forensix on the front and back end machines.
We are hoping that this is not the case, as it would be very
time consuming... We will know more on Monday when we go
through a trial run of our work.
- Week Nine: We have run some bugs and queries, and
although we would love more time to get more programs
running, our time is winding down. We have been to a lot of
talks and meetings lately and the Forensix project seems to
be running well. I feel very lucky to have been exposed to
so many new ideas and theories and look forward to
implementing them in the future. What an amazing summer.
- Week Ten: We will be in San Diego for the USENIX
Security Symposium this week. With lectures and talks on
Networking, Security and the like, it should be a great
opportunity to connect with others in my field.