Researchers in this area investigate the inner-workings of the IPv6 protocol with a focus on its security vulnerabilities. IPv6 is the updated version of one of the main protocols that makes the internet work. They have configured a small IPv6 network in which they perform several security attacks in order to characterize their impact on a network and their possible countermeasures. The study of similar issues on Mobile IPv6 networks is under way this semester. This work will also result in the creation of demos and lab exercises about the IPv6 protocol.
Researchers conduct experiments that demonstrate information security vulnerabilities, test and evaluate IT security products and technologies. In this process, they create laboratory modules that can be used in courses on information security at the iSchool. Their aim is to enhance the iSchool’s evolving curriculum by continuously coming up with comprehensive support manuals that aid students’ understanding of topics in information security.
Virtualization, in computing, is the creation of a virtual version of a computing resource (server, client system, storage device or network resource). Virtualization technologies provide methods for dividing the resources of a computer system into multiple execution environments. These technologies can be used in enterprise environments to enhance the configuration and management of computational resources.
Deep Packet Inspection
Deep packet inspection (DPI) is a networking technology that can be used by Internet Service Providers or Enterprises to monitor customer’s / employee data traffic, improve network security and collect statistical information.
This group studies technologies for communication systems that integrate voice, data and video services. Currently, they are focusing on software-based PBX systems that support voice-over-IP services. CCENT’s phones will be working under one of these systems as a case study. Additionally, demonstrations of the capabilities and quality of service issues surrounding voice-over-IP technology have been developed for use in iSchool courses.
The work on this testbed is focused on elaborating product performance tests for wireless devices. Last fall, the researchers focused on evaluating the performance of 802.11n devices from several vendors. Development of laboratory exercises and demonstrations for courses on wireless technologies is also done by this team.
Network Lab Virtualization Project
Academic organizations that want to provide students with the facilities for experimenting and learning basic and advanced concepts in networking rely on computer networking laboratories. The benefits of these facilities can be extended by enabling remote access to them for distance education purposes. This project seeks to enhance the iSchool’s networking laboratory with a new set of remote management and connectivity capabilities in order to provide lab-based instruction to distance education students on computer networking topics/scenarios.