Location: Germantown Campus, High Technology and Science Center (HT), Room 230
Spring 2023 Hours: Monday through Friday 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Help for CMSC135 and CMSC253 Monday through Friday 12:00 PM-5:00 PM
Our Cybersecurity Lab provides significant virtual computing and networking capabilities on the Montgomery College Germantown campus.
Montgomery College is a designated National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD)new window by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. See full designation statement.
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, Events, and Tutoring Resources. 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.ACCESS NETLAB
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.
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 (SA 202) on the Germantown Campus.
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 librariannew window, 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.
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.
- Capitol Technology University Cyber Security Programnew window (talk to our Faculty if you'd like to transfer to this program)
- Certification Magazinenew window
- Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE)new window
- CyberSeeknew window
- Cyber Maryland Conferencenew window
- DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)new window
- DoD Cyber Exchange - STIGsnew window
- Maryland Cybersecurity Asset Mapnew window
- Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (MACCDC)new window
- National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE Community)new window
- National Cyber Leaguenew window
- National Initiative For Cybersecurity Education (NICE)new window
- National Science Foundation (NSF) Cybersecuritynew window
- NSA opportunitiesnew window for internships, scholarships and summer programs
- SANS Security Awarenessnew window
- SiteLock Guide to Breaking into Website Security as a Careernew window
- The National CyberWatch Centernew window
- UMGC Cyber Security Programnew window (talk to our Faculty if you'd like to transfer to this program)
- Scripps Health: Outage due to malware in hospital system's networknew window
- Toshiba’s European Subsidiary Confirms Ransomware Attack; DarkSide’s Involvement Suspectednew window
- North Korean hackers behind CryptoCore multi-million dollar heistsnew window
- TikTok vulnerability left users' private information exposednew window
- Beware — A New Wormable Android Malware Spreading Through WhatsAppnew window
- This phishing scam left thousands of stolen passwords exposed through Google searchnew window
- FBI warns of vishing attacks stealing corporate accountsnew window
- CISA: Hackers bypassed MFA to access cloud service accountsnew window
- Labcorp Data Breach: 7.7 Million Customers Exposednew window
- NY Investigates Exposure of 885 Million Mortgage Documentsnew window
- Marriott faces $123 million GDPR fine for Starwood Data Breachnew window
- 500 million exposed in Marriott Starwood Data Breachnew window
- Cyber attacks cost $45 billion in 2018new window
- Who is responsible for Cloud Security?new window
- Quora gets hacked -- 100 million Users' Data Stolennew window
- Healthcare Security Mattersnew window
- Legal Threats Make Powerful Phishing Luresnew window
- Facebook Stored Hundreds of Millions of Passwords in Plaintextnew window
- Fix Your Cloud Securitynew window
- National CyberWatch Centernew window
- Tech News Worldnew window
- Threat Postnew window
- Internal Newsnew window
- Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP)new window
- CompTIAnew window
- EC-Council Certificationnew window
- Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)new window
- International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2new window
- Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)new window
- SANS Institutenew window
- National Security Agencynew window
- National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)new window
- National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Computer Security Division (CSD) Resource Center (CSRC)new window
- Software Engineering Institute (SEI) of Carnegie Mellon University CERT Division at CMU-SEInew window
Meet Our Staff
Office Location: Germantown Campus, HT 230A
BiographyEduardo has worked extensively in the Information Technology field for over 15 years, most of which has been in a higher education environment. He earned a master’s degree in Cybersecurity from the University of Maryland Global Campus, and a bachelor’s degree in Technical Management with a concentration in Business Information Systems from DeVry University. He currently holds the (ISC) ² CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification.
On January 31, 2022 the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated Montgomery College a "Center of Academic Excellence in Computer Defense (CAE-CD)". The award recognizes Montgomery College as superior in the creation of highly skilled cybersecurity professionals who can help strengthen the vulnerabilities in our national infrastructure. As cyberattacks increase in both quantity and lethality, and target individuals as well as entire organizations, the demand for well prepared cybersecurity professionals has never been so great.
The Montgomery College Cybersecurity Program went through an intensive assessment and it was determined that students receive high quality technical training that will help them become leaders in a variety of cybersecurity disciplines. It was acknowledged that program graduates obtain extensive knowledge on how to address the varied cybersecurity threats that our nation currently faces.
The CAE-CD designation is an important achievement for Montgomery College. It recognizes that students are being educated in a manner that is endorsed by two of the most prominent cybersecurity employers in the nation: NSA and DHS.
As a result of this designation, students will be able to enrich their cybersecurity degree program by participating in studies and academic collaborations with government entities as part of their school’s CAE-CD designation.