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A Hybrid of Cloud-based and Desktop Vulnerability Security Checker Application: VSCAN: Technical Report Document

Kelly, Daniel (2018) A Hybrid of Cloud-based and Desktop Vulnerability Security Checker Application: VSCAN: Technical Report Document. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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VScan is a Hybrid of a cloud- based API and a desktop-based application which aims to improve the security and integrity of a user’s computer. This is being achieved by providing a clear outline of vulnerabilities associated with applications on the user’s machine.

Currently there exists rampant vulnerability issues which are encountered by users interacting with computer systems and web-based application on daily basis. This project addresses the problems and challenges encountered by users, and provide supporting information allowing users to make informed decisions on the security of their systems. An investigation of existing literature on computer vulnerabilities was conducted and the results are presented in this report. In addition, during discussions with managers during work experience the topic of vulnerabilities was broached leading the candidate to deciding on the development of VScan.

The candidate has specified, designed and developed VScan which is a java-based desktop application which communicates with a REST styled API which in turn communicates with a MYSQL database. This database contains a subset of information which has been retrieved and formatted from the National vulnerability database. The NVD is an accumulation of vulnerabilities which is maintained by the American Government. It is updated regularly and provided for free.

The developed VScan application is intended for use by any persons who wish to improve the security of their computer. This solution is simple to-use and provides easily understandable descriptions of risks so that users with no technical skills will be able to check and assess the risk of an application in their systems. The solution is also capable of providing information and background discovery information of the problem so users with a technical know-how will be able to fully assess the vulnerabilities.

The developed VScan was also evaluated using customer feedback and a structured user survey the results of which have been summarised and presented in this report.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology > Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > Computer software
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology > Computer software
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology > Cloud computing
Divisions: School of Computing > Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2018 14:48
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2018 14:48

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