A virtual computer security lab for distance education

H. Vranken, H. Koppelman

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    We present a virtual computer security lab for distance education. The lab is a software environment that each student can install and run stand-alone on his own computer. The lab is composed of two virtualization layers: the first layer creates a virtual Linux machine on the student's computer; the second layer offers an environment in which the student can configure and run a number of virtual Linux hosts connected in a virtual computer network. The student can perform security-related assignments in the lab in various roles: carrying out attacks as a hacker, securing systems and networks as a system/network administrator, and experiencing the effects as a user. We discuss the software architecture and the software implementation of the virtual lab, as well as the didactic method and our experiences with the virtual lab.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th IASTED European Conference on Internet and Multimedia Systems and Applications, EuroIMSA 2009
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


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