Design of a Virtual Computer Lab Environment for hands-on Information Security Exercises

Title:
Design of a Virtual Computer Lab Environment for hands-on Information Security Exercises
Authors:
Gephart, Nathaniel; Kuperman, Benjamin A.
Abstract:
There is an increasing demand from both students and industry for more computer science students to have experience in information security. One area that is difficult for smaller colleges to implement is hands-on security exercises for students. This paper describes a method and our design considerations for constructing a virtual computer lab environment to be used for such courses. This system uses a single server to host virtual machines that can be configured into small networks and made available for student assignments. These machines for each student group can communicate amongst themselves but are isolated from each other and from the rest of the campus network. Students can be given administrative access to the machines without compromising the security of the campus network. While our initial focus is on an information security course, this type of system would also be useful for laboratory exercises in operating systems, networking, and system administration classes. This software is under active development and is being made freely available for use in other courses and at other institutions.
Citation:
Gephart, Nathaniel and Benjamin A. Kuperman. 2010. "Design of a Virtual Computer Lab Environment for Hands-on Information Security Exercises." Journal Of Computing Sciences In Colleges 26(1): 32-39.
Publisher:
Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges
DATE ISSUED:
2010
Department:
Computer Science
Type:
article
Additional Links:
http://journals.ohiolink.edu/ejc/article.cgi?issn=19374771&issue=v26i0001&article=32_doavclefhise_1
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/309488

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorGephart, Nathanielen_US
dc.contributor.authorKuperman, Benjamin A.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:10:42Z-
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:10:42Z-
dc.date.issued2010en
dc.identifier.citationGephart, Nathaniel and Benjamin A. Kuperman. 2010. "Design of a Virtual Computer Lab Environment for Hands-on Information Security Exercises." Journal Of Computing Sciences In Colleges 26(1): 32-39.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1937-4771en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/309488-
dc.description.abstractThere is an increasing demand from both students and industry for more computer science students to have experience in information security. One area that is difficult for smaller colleges to implement is hands-on security exercises for students. This paper describes a method and our design considerations for constructing a virtual computer lab environment to be used for such courses. This system uses a single server to host virtual machines that can be configured into small networks and made available for student assignments. These machines for each student group can communicate amongst themselves but are isolated from each other and from the rest of the campus network. Students can be given administrative access to the machines without compromising the security of the campus network. While our initial focus is on an information security course, this type of system would also be useful for laboratory exercises in operating systems, networking, and system administration classes. This software is under active development and is being made freely available for use in other courses and at other institutions.en_US
dc.publisherConsortium for Computing Sciences in Collegesen_US
dc.relation.urlhttp://journals.ohiolink.edu/ejc/article.cgi?issn=19374771&issue=v26i0001&article=32_doavclefhise_1en
dc.subject.departmentComputer Scienceen_US
dc.titleDesign of a Virtual Computer Lab Environment for hands-on Information Security Exercisesen_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalThe Journal Of Computing Sciences In Collegesen_US
dc.identifier.volume26en_US
dc.identifier.issue1en_US
dc.identifier.startpage32en_US
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