The essay option requires a minimum of 600 words and no more than 800 words of content. Include APA standards for style, citations, references, and format. Be sure to include a title page with your name and the name of the essay. Please refer to our APA Manual or visit the Purdue Owl website at: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/for assistance with APA formatting and style guidelines.

Whether you choose the video option or the essay option, you must use at least four (4) sources from professional websites or scholarly journals. Some examples include the SPC Library, www.sans.orgwww.wired.comwww.cert.org, and www.nsa.gov. You may not use Wikipedia, ask.com, or other related dictionary sites. All sources must be cited within the text or mentioned within the video presentation according to APA guidelines and must appear at the end of your essay on a separate Reference List page or on the last page of your Power Point presentation.

Answer ONE of the analysis options below.Remember to support your opinions with research.

Option 1: Breaking Passwords

You have the choice of breaking a password protected file (choose 1), one is in PDF format (assign1.pdf) (right-click and save target) and one is in WORD format (assign1.doc) (right-click and save target). Each of them is protected by a password that is from 1-4 digits, all small letters, no digits, no numbers. Your job is to research twoPDF password recovery programs OR two WORD password recovery programs and to break the password protected file. You will find quite a few 30-day trials at www.download.comhttps://www.lifewire.com/, or through a Google search of “pdf password recovery software”. You will need to write a summary (minimum 400 words) on the following:

  1. What was the password? How long did it take to break with each software program?
  2. Analyze your experiences with installing and using each demo software program. What are the advantages, disadvantages, pros, cons and issues with each?
  3. If you were a computer security manager for your firm, and were considering purchasing the product for your firm, which one would you recommend based on your experiences and other factors such as cost?
  4. Please note that I am just looking for your personal experiences in this assignment, this is not a research review like the other options.
  5. If you do not crack the password, you will lose 25% (50% if you do not crack either).

Option 2: Biometrics in the Movies

Write a 2-3 page (double-spaced, 600-800 words, not including references or cover page) research review.

  1. Pick 2-3 movies within the last 5 years that have incorporated some form of biometrics. Summarize the usage of biometrics in the movie as well as a synopsis on that form of biometrics.
  2. Analyze how the use of biometrics in the movie is or is not “real” and how the movie producers may have presented the incorrect usage. For example, the use of total X-ray full-body security scanning going to Mars in “Total Recall” is “almost” here with technology, but not yet widely implemented.

Option 3 & 4: Security in Banking Industry OR EPI

Write a 2-3 page (double-spaced, 600-800 words, not including references or cover page) research review.

  1. Analyze the current state of technology with online banking. Discuss some of the technologies being used such as strong authentication, visual passwords, etc.
  2. Give some real-world examples of which firms are using which technologies, and if they are successful or not.
  3. What are some of the security problems banks are encountering with online banking and give some recent examples (less than 1 year old).
  4. Do you personally use online banking and what do you think of the security measures that you encounter?
  5. NOTE: If you work in an industry that you would like to substitute instead of banking – that is acceptable, but make sure to get the instructors permission at least 4 days before it is due.