Emulating and Evaluating Virtual Remote Laboratories for Cybersecurity

Robles-Gómez, Antonio, Tobarra, Llanos, Pastor-Vargas, Rafael, Hernández, Roberto y Cano, Jesús . (2020) Emulating and Evaluating Virtual Remote Laboratories for Cybersecurity. Sensors 20(11), 3011 pp. 1-22; 2020

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Título Emulating and Evaluating Virtual Remote Laboratories for Cybersecurity
Autor(es) Robles-Gómez, Antonio
Tobarra, Llanos
Pastor-Vargas, Rafael
Hernández, Roberto
Cano, Jesús
Materia(s) Ingeniería Informática
Resumen Our society is nowadays evolving towards a digital era, due to the extensive use of computer technologies and their interconnection mechanisms, i.e., social networks, Internet resources, IoT services, etc. This way, new threats and vulnerabilities appear. Therefore, there is an urgent necessity of training students in the topic of cybersecurity, in which practical skills have to be acquired. In distance education, the inclusion of on-line resources for hands-on activities in its curricula is a key step in meeting that need. This work presents several contributions. First, the fundamentals of a virtual remote laboratory hosted in the cloud are detailed. This laboratory is a step forward since the laboratory combines both virtualization and cloud paradigms to dynamically create emulated environments. Second, this laboratory has also been integrated into the practical curricula of a cybersecurity subject, as an additional on-line resource. Third, the students’ traceability, in terms of their interactions with the laboratory, is also analyzed. Psychological TAM/UTAUT factors (perceived usefulness, estimated effort, social influence, attitude, ease of access) that may affect the intention of using the laboratory are analyzed. Fourth, the degree of satisfaction is analyzed with a great impact, since the mean values of these factors are most of them higher than 4 points out of 5. In addition to this, the students’ acceptance of the presented technology is exhaustively studied. Two structural equation models have been hypothesized and validated. Finally, the acceptance of the technology can be concluded as very good in order to be used in @? other Engineering contexts. In this sense, the calculated statistical values for the improved proposed model are within the expected ranges of reliability (X2 = 0.6, X2/DF = 0.3, GFI = 0.985, CIF = 0.985, RMSEA = 0) by considering the literature
Palabras clave emulated virtual scenarios
vulnerability analysis
practical skills
online resources
UTAUT/TAM factors
SEM validation
Editor(es) MDPI
Fecha 2020
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Identificador bibliuned:DptoSCC-ETSI-Articulos-Arobles-002
DOI - identifier https://doi.org/10.3390/s20113011
ISSN - identifier 1424-8220
Nombre de la revista Sensors
Número de Volumen 20
Número de Issue 11 (3011)
Página inicial 1
Página final 22
Publicado en la Revista Sensors 20(11), 3011 pp. 1-22; 2020
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Derechos de acceso y licencia http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
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Notas adicionales The registered version of this article, first published in Sensors, is available online at the publisher's website: https://doi.org/10.3390/s20113011
Notas adicionales La versión registrada de este artículo, publicado por primera vez en Sensors, está disponible en línea en el sitio web del editor: https://doi.org/10.3390/s20113011

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