I've started a little late doing my final year university project, but I know what I want to do so it's probably better than a few of the other students out there!
I do enjoy reading and studying about the wide variety of topics that are encompassed by network and computer security. I want to develop an Intrusion Detection System, possibly making it platform independent into a network intrusion detection system (NIDS). I've been doing quite a bit of research and there are a wide selection of functions I could include and could not include. Anyhow, I've come here to ask assistance in actually planning the programming or how to go about it and suggestions on which functions I should or shouldn't include. By the way, the primary aim for this final year project is to develop a IDS of some sort and display it functioning, possibly it to have some configurable characteristics, maybe using some sort of penetration testing tool or developing one myself along with the IDS to test it working.
In doing all of this I also hope to gain a greater insight into network and computer security...
All suggestions and ideas are welcome anything to point me in the right direction is much appreciated!