The network and security lab gives students an opportunity to explore and develop solutions to network and security problems that enterprise-level networks face in today’s complex technical environments. Specifically, the lab aims to equip ACO Cybersecurity students with an in-depth understanding of security threats and breaches, defending mechanisms, risk analysis, and data forensics in order to secure the network/ system/ application and protect data. The student learning is enhanced with enterprise-grade networking equipment, various operating systems including Kali Linux, and fun projects that are developed by undergraduate students and integrated into the curriculum. This lab is isolated from ASU for security reasons. The development of this lab is powered by the research conducted in this lab, the Network Security and Forensics Laboratory (NFL).
The Network and Security Lab at ASU West consists of three routers
and over twenty computers. Two Cisco 1941 series routers are used to
build two networks, an ACO network and a LAB network, which consists
of both wired and wireless networks, while one Cisco 2911 series
router is used to simulate the internet. In addition, we implement
both WPA protected networks and unprotected wireless guest networks.
The LAB network hosts subset of servers consisting of file/streaming
servers, email/DNS servers, and web servers, while the ACO network
implements a RADIUS server and a firewall. The twenty computers are
used to simulate servers and clients on various operating systems.