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Creation of dynamic environments for virtualised and cloud-based teaching in digital forensics and computer security.

Buchanan, William J (2011) Creation of dynamic environments for virtualised and cloud-based teaching in digital forensics and computer security. In: CFET: Cybercrime Forensics Education & Training., September 2011 , Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury. (Unpublished)

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The use of virtualised and cloud-based environments provides an excellent opportunity to enhance learning and to provide students with skills which match exactly to the requirements of industry, along with integrating with professional certification. This presentation shows two examples, in computer security and digital forensics, where students can learn on enhanced infrastructure which would not have been possible before the extensive development of virtualised and cloud-based infrastructures. This has been applied in both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, along with teaching of advanced methods digital forensics and security to law enforcement professionals. It shows how a range of virtualised environments, including using Amazon Web Services, a university-built cloud, and from a UK-based cloud provider have been used to provide exposure to a wide range of environments which are pre-build, or which are built-up throughout the module, and thus supports the students within a safe environment in which they can learn without any danger, and where errors can be easily undone. The environments can thus be created to use industry-standard tools and infrastructure, and these can be joined together to create collaborative work, along with the continuation of work after the practical lab work has been done. The presentation shows the results from surveys of students on the module, and their perceptions of working within virtualised environments, and highlights that one of the key factors is that they can work in real-life and complete environments, and on a range of systems, which are well matched to the needs of industry. The presentation also shows how virtualisation has been used to support both blended and distance learning students using the same labs which are accessed within a face-to-face practical session, but done through a virtualised environment, all through a Web browser. Finally, the presentation will present a new community cloud which allows students to work within a virtualised infrastructure (hosted by a UK company), and which industry and the public sector are able to contribute to in order to share training material and create relevant infrastructures for students.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Virtualised environments; cloud-based environments; computer security; digital forensics; enhanced infrastructure;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 005 Computer programming, programs & data > 005.8 Data security
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Item ID: 4707
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2011 15:25
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2011 15:25
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/4707

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