I have a B.S. in computer science, and I have an idea for a computer security white paper. It essentially builds on top of another white paper's security mechanism. It would propose an alternate application of the security mechanism, and it would also add an extra feature to the security mechanism, which would be necessary for the alternate application.
Is that sufficient to write a non-academic white paper about?
From research that I have done on reasons for writing non-academic white papers, I have gathered they are essentially used to inform people, and persuade people making business decisions.
The real reason I would like to write this white paper is so I can ultimately get into a Master's program or PhD program. Could writing a non-academic white paper offset a less than desirable GPA due to classes in my minor? I have also heard that 5 years of experience in Industry could be enough to get into a Master's Program, which I almost have.
Also, would it be possible to get a grant with the proposal?
I also have a question about white paper verification. Is it necessary to have a working prototype to publish the white paper? I don't think it would be useful to redo the work that was done in the previous white paper, but would need to be done to build a prototype of course. Could I just propose the features that would need to be added?
I have also done research on attacks that can be done on the security mechanism for the white paper I am building on top of, and I suspect these attacks could be applicable to my alternate application, but would occur in a different context. Should I write about that as well? Or should I leave that for a separate paper?
Thanks for your time answering any of these questions.
Edit2 Someone answered my questions, so making it the original post.