Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland
April 7, 2017
April 7, 2017
April 8, 2017
As more and more cybersecurity related threats emerge, it is imperative that students learning cybersecurity are trained to deal with the threats swiftly and efficiently. Pennsylvania State University - Berks Campus have been using a virtual computer laboratory called Collaborative Virtual Computer Laboratory (CVCLAB) over the last decade to provide students with hands-on experiences in cybersecurity topics. The CVCLAB is quite functional and has made a significant impact on student learning. However, the CVCLAB can be a resource intensive in particularly when many students use it simultaneously, and it can be also costly and difficult to maintain. In this paper, we present the blueprint of a new virtual computer laboratory (Lightweight (L)-CVCLAB) based on the command prompt interface. The L-CVCLAB has been designed for teaching technical skills related to host and network penetration testing. Students get access to the L-CVCLAB through an SSH client and then connect to multiple Linux-based virtual computers specifically configured for cyber security training. Without the overhead of a desktop or web-based client, the L-CVCLAB has a better response time and can scale well for large classes. The paper also presents sample activities that can be performed in the L-CVCLAB and preliminary findings of student experiences.
ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2017 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015