During the period Oct 2011 – Feb 2013 I undertook an MSc in Advanced Networks with the Open University. This required me to complete four taught modules (three of which were aligned to Cisco CCNP modules) and a research project.
The taught modules were as follows:
- T824 – Advanced Routing (aligned to CCNP ROUTE)
- T826 – Multilayer Switching (aligned to CCNP SWITCH)
- T827 – Optimising Networks (aligned to CCNP TSHOOT)
- T828 – Network Security (aligned to CCNA Security and CISSP)
In each case there were three assignments, which were broken down into three elements:
- Written reports; which included: critical comparisons of technologies and critical reviews of academic papers.
- A practical problem that needed solving and, in the case of the first two assignments, a reported needed to be submitted. The one associated with the final assignment was completed at a day school session.
- Cisco Academy tests from the aligned modules, which needed passing.
Having completed the taught modules I was permitted to continue on and start the one year research project (T802).
The process for completing the research project is as follows:
- An abstract is submitted to allow an appropriate supervisor to be identified.
- With support from the supervisor a proposal is produced, which must be accepted within a three week period.
- Work is then undertaken to build up the dissertation through three marked assignments, before the final dissertation is submitted. This allows the supervisor to provide feedback on sections of the dissertation as it is built up.
My chosen research project aim was; to investigate the extent to which is may be possible to reduce the effectiveness of a browser fingerprint as a tool for tracking.