The need for skilled information assurance (IA) professional requires educational programs that impart both theoretical knowledge and practical skills through hands-on lab activities. Students need to develop skills by conducting security related experiments or hands-on lab activities in safe and isolated systems and networks environment. Furthermore, more and more information technology (IT) professionals who want to earn graduate level training in IA are likely to be enrolled in online programs and classes. Hence, providing remote access to labs becomes a necessity for this population of students.

We present an extension of our virtual laboratory series with a new module that examines vulnerabilities in operating systems. These virtual laboratories ail to (i) model real world situations and bring together concepts from different knowledge areas, (ii) integrate theoretical knowledge and practical skills, and (iii) give students the opportunity to execute the laboratory on virtually any system and experiment anytime, anywhere in a secure easily accessible environment.

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