The following details the project timeline. On 10th April 2018, progress is detailed as follows:
2015 – 2016 : Transfer report – Complete
Following the acceptance of the research proposal in early 2015, a review of literature was started and gaps were identified. However, I was concerned that what had been proposed, would not be practical unless time and resources were unconstrained. Implying that it would not be practical to deploy the proposed solution in the real world.
Further investigation was conducted and in early 2016, it was agreed that the scope of the project could be refined to address my concerns, and to focus on the detection of malicious HTTP communications. Specifically, the research would investigate techniques that may be used to profile web applications, using traits that cannot easily be masked by malware authors.
At the end of 2016 the Transfer Report was submited, and in February 2017 the Viva was conducted. I received confirmation that the recommendation from my supervisor, and the external examiner was to transfer to PhD.
2017 – 2018 : Publication of Conference Paper – In progress
An outline thesis has be derived from the transfer report, providing a structure for the refinement of experiments designs, expansion of the literature review and initial findings. Two objectives were identified; identify aspects of HTML communications that reflect page functionality, and profile these aspects based on the pages original purpose.
Summary and detailed objectives have been defined in the template thesis, leading to granular to-do list, to ensure that sufficient data can be generated, with the aim of testing the hypothesis. During 2018 experiments are being conducted to generate the required data.
Once sufficient data has been generated, and tested, to support the creation of a paper, one will be authored.
2019 – 2019 : Publication of Journal Paper
2020 – 2020 : Submission of PhD Thesis