Cybersecurity Center and Lab
Location: Germantown Campus, High Technology and Science Center (HT), Room 230
Announcement: As of March 16, 2020, all activities/communications will be conducted online due to COVID-19.
Spring 2020 Hours for Monday, January 27 through Friday, May 8 (Finals Week ends Friday,
- Monday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Friday (Subject to close): 9 a.m. - 4 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.
Announcement: Due to COVID-19, there are no open lab hours at this time. Please ask your instructor for information on how to access tutors, if any, or online resources for your courses.
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.
Other resources are also available in the Digital Learning Centersnew window on the Rockville and Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campuses. Other campus resources include virtual tutoringnew window, help from an MC librarian (PDF, ) , or technical supportnew window with Blackboard or Collaborate. Counseling and advisingnew window are a click away. The Writing, Reading, and Language Center (Germantown) offers eTutoring (writing submissions) and real-time online tutoringnew window. Make an accountnew window and make an appointmentnew window.
There are open lab hours here in the Cybersecurity Center (HT 230), for self-study, collaboration, and Cybersecurity Club activities (by request).
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).
Tutoring is available for certain subjects in the MAPEL Centernew window (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.
MC students can order vouchers online from the CompTIA storenew window 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 email@example.com.
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.
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 Securitynew window (Offensive Securitynew window) 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 7-zip websitenew window). 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 Certificationnew window]
- Ubuntu ISO CDnew window
- Vulnerable Linux Virtual Machine: Metasploitable 2 new window
- Windows 10 Create ISO filenew window
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 'ipconfig' 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.
- Dataprise Internshipsnew window: Contact Joseph.Roundy@montgomerycollege.edu for more information.
- STEM Internships:new window Contact Michael.Mehalick@montgomerycollege.edu for more information.
- Cooperative Education & Internship Programnew window All majors and F-1 students can participate. Co-op places you in an internship in your major while you earn academic credit. Contact Angela.Beemer@montgomerycollege.edu, Rolf.Barber@montgomerycollege.edu, or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- eJobsnew window: Search MC's database for part-time and full-time jobs and internships.
Cancelled for April 17. Postponed tentatively for November 6, 2020.
Are you a community college student in the State of Maryland interested in participating in a Cybersecurity Competition? No experience necessary! Prizes to top three teams. Must have a valid college ID to participate.
Date: November 6, 2020, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Montgomery College Germantown Campus, Bioscience Education Center (BE Building)
RSVP by October 19, 2020:
- Faculty Team Sign Up (PREFERRED)new window
- Team Sign Upnew window
- Observer Formnew window
- Facebook Eventnew window
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.