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Developing An Efficient Remote Lab Environment For Online Ids Courses

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Unique Laboratory Experiments & Programs Poster Session

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10.433.1 - 10.433.9

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Kai Li

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Xin Tang

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Developing an Efficient Remote Lab Environment for Online IDS Courses1

Xin Tang, Kai Li

Department of Technology Systems, East Carolina University

Abstract - In this project, a remote lab network environment was developed to support our online IDS (Intrusion Detection Systems) courses. We created the lab network with the criteria of availability, flexibility, reliability, and economy in mind. The designed lab network is shown to be a reliable working environment, and has proven to be flexible for conducting various individual as well as collaborative IDS experiments. By minimizing the hardware/software requirement on the remote side, our approach offers students great freedom in supporting various remote environment and experiment designs.

1. Introduction

Nowadays, information security plays a critical role in computer-based information systems. According to a 2004 CSI/FBI Computer Crime and Security Survey, all investigated organizations experienced security incidents at different levels over the last year. Among countermeasures to be considered, network security training was rated as very important by seventy percent of the organizations investigated.

Widely accepted to be of paramount importance within the network security field, intrusion detection systems (IDS) look for suspicious behavior by constantly monitoring what is taking place on a system. However, IDS itself cannot ensure a secure environment. Reliable network security depends on well-educated professionals who can adapt IDS to practical network settings.

Typically, information security technology education is delivered to students through classroom learning and hands-on laboratory experiments. However, with the steady increase in Internet use in recent years, we have witnessed a rapid maturation in remote technology education. The trend toward online information security technology education is inevitable, and shows a likelihood of becoming essential.

In online technology education, significant efforts have been made to design and develop user- friendly Web-based learning environments, such as Blackboard and the virtual learning community, which mainly provide asynchronous learning activities for geographically distributed virtual classrooms.

1 This work is supported by the online education grant from UNC system. "Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2005, American Society for Engineering Education”

Li, K., & Tang, X. (2005, June), Developing An Efficient Remote Lab Environment For Online Ids Courses Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon.

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