Degree Type

Creative Component

Semester of Graduation

Spring 2018


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Major Professor

Doug Jacobson


Master of Science (MS)


Computer Engineering, Information Assurance


ISERink is an isolated virtual environment built within the vSphere virtualization platform in which users can safely perform various cyber security exercises without fear of damaging real-world machines. In the past it has been successfully used in cyber defense competitions to provide a network setting similar to that of the real Internet, while safely containing any rogue malicious traffic. Recently the ISERink environment has been deployed within the academic setting alongside ISELab to provide students with a safe and controlled environment in which to practice building, securing, and attacking networks in a structured lab setting in conjunction with guided lectures. While ISERink has been of significant assistance in teaching a wide range of security concepts, there exists considerable overhead in the initial ISELab setup and in the deployment of student machines and network resources. As a result, students are exposed to concepts outside the scope of a typical security course and spend more time dissecting the nuances of vSphere and ISERink than on actual lab material. In addition, the deployment of template machines by TAs and instructors requires extensive forethought and still requires further configuration by the student users. ISEMan provides an easy and intuitive way to configure a vSphere datacenter to interface with an existing ISERink and to manage, deploy, and configure templated student machines, networks, and network services.

Copyright Owner

Alex Luehm

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