You are to select a topic (or topics, if it applies) in computer security
and find two examples of where security has failed because of factors you
identify from your text as case studies, which you will then analyze. For
instance, you may select a worm attack on the Internet and a case where
credit card records have been stolen by outside hackers. Other examples
include employee theft of guarded intellectual property, hacker exploitation
that has resulted in costly damages to systems, or even email virus attacks.
Explain the background of each case sufficiently that the specific security
issues are apparent, analyze what you feel "went wrong" (in terms of what
you have learned), and propose future recommendations that will serve to
prevent such breaches in future. If experts have published opinions on the
cases, present their findings and explain why you agree or disagree with
The key to this assignment is to demonstrate your understanding of the
topics, not to reword your readings and information you find on the breaches
and present empty, boring facts.