Tele-Lab IT-Security: an Architecture for an online virtual IT Security Lab

Christian Willems, Christoph Meinel

Abstract


Recently, Awareness Creation in terms of IT
security has become a big thing ? not only for enterprises.
Campaigns for pupils try to highlight the importance of IT
security even in the user?s early years. Common practices in
security education ? as seen in computer science courses at
universities ? mainly consist of literature and lecturing. In
the best case, the teaching facility offers practical courses in
a dedicated isolated computer lab. Additionally, there are
some more or less interactive e-learning applications
around.
Most existing offers can do nothing more than impart
theoretical knowledge or basic information. They all lack of
possibilities to provide practical experience with security
software or even hacker tools in a realistic environment. The
only exceptions are the expensive and hard-to-maintain
dedicated computer security labs. Those can only be
provided by very few organizations.
Tele-Lab IT-Security was designed to offer hands-on
experience exercises in IT security without the need of
additional hardware or maintenance expenses. The existing
implementation of Tele-Lab even provides access to the
learning environment over the Internet ? and thus can be
used anytime and anywhere. The present paper describes
the extended architecture on which the current version of
the Tele-Lab server is built.

Keywords


Computer science education; Awareness creation; Virtual machines

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International Journal of Online and Biomedical Engineering (iJOE) – eISSN: 2626-8493
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