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ERIC Number: EJ1173664
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-679X
ViNEL: A Virtual Networking Lab for Cyber Defense Education
Reinicke, Bryan; Baker, Elizabeth; Toothman, Callie
Information Systems Education Journal, v16 n1 p61-73 Feb 2018
Professors teaching cyber security classes often face challenges when developing workshops for their students: How does one quickly and efficiently configure and deploy an operating system for a temporary learning/testing environment? Faculty teaching these classes spend countless hours installing, configuring and deploying multiple system configurations only to decommission the operating system after needed usage is complete. This paper presents a system that was developed to significantly reduce testing environment setup times by establishing a virtual networking lab (ViNeL) that allowed a cyber defense club at a public regional university to spin up an entire network of virtual machines to simulate business environments and prepare for competitions. The application also allowed club members to launch a single operating system for lab style experimentation. The application uses the remote desktop protocol (RDP) to make it platform independent. Built using Oracle VirtualBox on a LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP), the virtual networking lab is completely open source and can be implemented on a variety of server hardware configurations. Details on the development and implementation are presented to aid in the development of similar systems in different environments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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