Virtualization based ethical educational platform for hands-on lab activities on DoS attacks

Shamma Al Kaabi, Nouf Al Kindi, Shaikha Al Fazari, Zouheir Trabelsi

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

6 Citations (Scopus)


Recently, teaching ethical hacking techniques has become a vital component of information security programs that aim to produce competent information security professionals. Students need exposure to offensive techniques developed usually by hackers, along with the defensive techniques. This is problematic since students need to work with tools that may pose threat to the stability and security of the laboratories' computers and live networks within academic institutions. In an attempt to overcome the aforementioned issue, this paper discusses an ethical educational platform, called DoS-VLab, that aims at allowing students experience common denial of service (DoS) attacks, in secure academic environment. DoS-VLab platform is based on virtualization technologies and GNS3 network simulator for building virtual networks. Compared to traditional physical laboratories, practices show that the DoS-VLab platform helped produce more lab practices within the students, reduced training hours required for implementing hands-on lab exercises, and resulted in higher completion rate of the hands-on lab exercises.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2016 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2016
Subtitle of host publication"Smart Education in Smart Cities"
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781467386333
Publication statusPublished - May 19 2016
Event2016 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2016 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Duration: Apr 10 2016Apr 13 2016

Publication series

NameIEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON
ISSN (Print)2165-9559
ISSN (Electronic)2165-9567


Other2016 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates
CityAbu Dhabi


  • Denial of Service attacks
  • Ethical hacking
  • Hands-on lab exercises
  • Information security education
  • Virtualization technologies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Education


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