Teaching and Training Cybersecurity as a Cloud Service

Cihan Tunc, Salim Hariri, Fabian De La Pena Montero, Farah Fargo, Pratik Satam, Youssif Al-Nashif

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The explosive growth of IT infrastructures, cloud systems, and Internet of Things (IoT) have resulted in complex systems that are extremely difficult to secure and protect against cyberattacks which are growing exponentially in complexity and in number. Overcoming the cybersecurity challenges is even more complicated due to the lack of training and widely available cybersecurity environments to experiment with and evaluate new cybersecurity methods. The goal of our research is to address these challenges by exploiting cloud services. In this paper, we present the design, analysis, and evaluation of a cloud service that we refer to as Cybersecurity Lab as a Service (CLaaS) which offers virtual cybersecurity experiments that can be accessed from anywhere and from any device (desktop, laptop, tablet, smart mobile device, etc.) with Internet connectivity. In CLaaS, we exploit cloud computing systems and virtualization technologies to provide virtual cybersecurity experiments and hands-on experiences on how vulnerabilities are exploited to launch cyberattacks, how they can be removed, and how cyber resources and services can be hardened or better protected. We also present our experimental results and evaluation of CLaaS virtual cybersecurity experiments that have been used by graduate students taking our cybersecurity class as well as by high school students participating in GenCyber camps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2015 International Conference on Cloud and Autonomic Computing, ICCAC 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)0769556361, 9781467395663
StatePublished - Oct 28 2015
EventInternational Conference on Cloud and Autonomic Computing, ICCAC 2015 - Boston, United States
Duration: Sep 21 2015Sep 25 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2015 International Conference on Cloud and Autonomic Computing, ICCAC 2015


OtherInternational Conference on Cloud and Autonomic Computing, ICCAC 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • CLaaS
  • and cloud computing
  • cybersecurity experiments
  • education
  • virtual cloud services
  • virtualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management


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