Cybersecurity Center and Lab
Location: Germantown Campus, High Technology and Science Center (HT), Room 230
Fall 2019 Hours
- Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Tuesday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Our Cybersecurity Center and Lab provides significant virtual computing and networking capabilities on the Montgomery College Germantown campus.
The lab is not only used for academic competitions and research activities, but also provides opportunities to IT industry professionals for teaching, learning, and professional growth. In addition to supporting traditional students, Montgomery College is now uniquely positioned to train cybersecurity professionals and meet workforce development challenges with a learn-by-doing approach to education.
The Cyber Lab can host 100-plus virtual servers, 250-plus virtual desktops, isolated networks, and wireless and forensic technologies. Our resources include NETLAB, MCCC CTF, Events, Tutoring Resources, and Racktop VM Support. This space is also available for group meetings of up to 30 people. You'll find a collaborative work space/lab with technology to elicit team work, including NETLAB+ servers with preloaded software to host real lab equipment, virtual machines, and lab content for trainees to complete labs at any location.
Funded by the College and a TAACCCT grant, the facility enables the College to become a center of excellence in the high-demand field of cybersecurity.
Our NETLAB virtual machine environment includes lab exercises for Security+, A+, Ethical Hacking, and Cisco CCNA. NETLAB is free to use for Montgomery College students, faculty, and staff. NETLAB Portal.
Tutoring is available for certain subjects in the MAPEL Center (HT 229) on the Germantown Campus. This lab is now hosting tutoring for CMSC135, please check with your instructor and/or our calendar for hours/dates.
There are open lab hours here in the Cybersecurity Center (HT 230), for self-study, collaboration, and Cybersecurity Club activities (by request).
Do not assume that this lab provides tutoring for your class. Ask your instructor for suggested resources for the class that you are taking.
Recommendations: Manage your time wisely. Do not wait until the last minute for your questions, please work on it yourself as soon as possible and save your questions.
Our lab monitors are here to direct students to NETLAB or other resources and maintain the lab rules (no food, drink, or loud or disruptive talking).
Other resources are also available in the Digital Learning Centers on the Rockville and Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campuses.
MC students can order vouchers online from the CompTIA store and get an academic voucher at a discounted price. You can then use this voucher to sign up for your examination appointment.
- You MUST use an e-mail address that ends in .edu when placing the order.
- Limit 3 vouchers for every 6 months or 6 vouchers lifetime total.
For further questions, contact Sokol Mato, director of MC Campus Stores, at 240-567-1924 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cybersecurity Club supplements classroom curricula with education at meetings, participating in collegiate and other cyber competitions, and establishing an environment that fosters education by sharing cyber concepts.
The Cybersecurity Club is based on the Germantown Campus. Meetings will be posted on the events calendar. Contact the Cybersecurity Club for more information.
Virtual Machine Instructions
- Pick an operating system that you want to run as a virtual machine. Some useful downloads are in the links below. (You can either install a Kali Linux VM for cybersecurity purposes or a Ubuntu machine for general linux command line purposes. Note that Ubuntu may need 2048 MB of memory nowadays to run.)
- Instructions: Download VirtualBox (https://www.virtualbox.org/) or VMware Player (VMware Workstation 15.1.0) or, depending on the type of 'Prebuilt Kali Linux Image' of Kali downloaded.
- If you have a ISO file, Create a New Virtual Machine, and insert the ISO CD. If you have an existing Virtual Machine, Open the existing Virtual Machine. When prompted: "Are you moving/copying this from another place?" click Yes.
Pick an operating system:
- Kali VMs from Offensive Security (www.offensive-security.com) Go to Kali & More... > Kali Linux Downloads > Virtual Images. Click on Kali Linux VirtualBox Images if you are planning to use it with VirtualBox.org software. Click on Kali Linux VMware Images if you are planning to use it instead with VMware software (ie. Player or Workstation). Click on the Image Name link that ends with .7z (7zip file, can be extracted with www.7-zip.org). Note: Unzip your .7z file with 7-Zip at www.7-zip.org. (Kali Default Login Credentials are username: root | password: toor) (Note: Hashcat 2.00 works on Kali 2016.1 & 2017.1 rather than 2016.2) [OSCP Certification]
- Ubuntu ISO CD
- Vulnerable Linux Virtual Machine: Metasploitable 2
- Windows 10 Create ISO file
Note: Try not to run too many graphically demanding virtual machines at once. It can slow your PC down. It uses your PC's memory/RAM resources. Only run what you need to get done. To obtain the IP address, you can type 'ifconfig' in the terminal on linux machines, or in Windows you can go to Start > cmd or Command Prompt > type 'ipconfig' or Start > Type in 'ncpa.cpl' > and double click on the interface > Local Area Connection Status > Details... > IPv4 Address.
Meet Our Staff
Office Location: Germantown Campus, HT 230
BiographyJoe Roundy, CISSP, Cybersecurity Program Manager at Montgomery College Maryland, manages the College's new cybersecurity lab, works with faculty and staff to develop and managing the new cybersecurity lab and Networking curricula and oversees outreach activities including competitions and training opportunities developed with industry partners. Prior to holding this position, Mr. Roundy was the Manger of IT Security for Montgomery College, managing the team of security engineers responsible for the IT security of systems and network within the College environment. He has also worked as security analyst at the House of Representatives and FINRA (formerly the NASD), and managed the Security practice for International Network Services (INS) and large networking and security consulting firm. Mr. Roundy holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and Master's Degree in Computer Systems Management both from The University of Maryland University College.
Office Location: Germantown Campus, HT 230
Cindy Huynh is the Cybersecurity Lab Coordinator on the Germantown campus in the Cybersecurity Lab, located in the High Technology & Science Building, HT230. Cindy is the new Cybersecurity Lab Coordinator, assisting with the operations of the lab space. Cindy earned two associates degrees from Montgomery College, one in Computer Science and the other in Cyber Security. She earned a Bachelor of Science from UMBC and is currently working on her master’s degree in Cybersecurity from UMUC. Cindy holds A+ and Security+ certifications from COMPTIA, and Windows Server 2008, Server Administration certification from Microsoft. She is also certified in Windows 7 Solutions. Cindy comes to us from WD&CE in Gaithersburg where she was a Computer Support Specialist. Prior to that she worked as a Multimedia System Specialist with Media Resources on the Rockville campus. Be sure to welcome Cindy to Germantown when you see her in the lab or around campus.