Enabling Cybersecurity Scholarship: Realizing the Requirements for a Collaborative Multi-functional Learning Space
Abstract: There is an ever-expanding need for training cybersecurity specialists in both space and solution. To conduct this training requires computing resources to be made available on a large scale to support classes involving a multitude of information system risk factors. However, the vulnerabilities that must be studied are often contradictory to the internal controls established within each institution’s own infrastructure. Establishing cybersecurity laboratories that avoid negatively impacting the rest of the institutions infrastructure can be a challenge. This article reviews the functional and technical requirements definition and preliminary design phases for the implementation of a collaborative, multi-functional, learning space designed to support the numerous needs of an undergraduate cybersecurity program that supports both on-campus and online learning opportunities. Specific coverage includes establishing functional requirements; defining technical and supporting infrastructure requirements; design and layout considerations for the learning space; and expected outcomes.