Physical/Virtual Labs

There are six major physical labs that support instruction and unclassified research in security through the NIESS-CAE:

Wireless Networks and Security (WiNetS)
The WiNetS laboratory, headed by Dr. Farzad Moazzami, focuses on wireless communications technologies at the physical and the network layers and cyber security. Cyber security is an exciting part of the WiNetS lab. As cyber attacks continue to increase in number and complexity, there has to be greater effort from the cyber security industry to detect and prevent these attacks. The main goal of the cyber security team in the WiNetS lab is to contribute to stopping cyber attacks by researching and analyzing attacks and figuring how to prevent them.

The WiNetS lab is equipped with a cyber test bed populated with a host of hardware/software including laptops, switches, screens for visualization, and a selection of industry-standard software. These tools facilitate cyber security research at WiNetS. An example of an ongoing research project is the configuration of an Intrusion Detection System (IDS) to be able to detect and prevent client-side attacks. The cyber security team at WiNetS is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students at Morgan State and welcomes interested students with a passion for cyber security.

The Centre for Reverse Engineering and Assured Microelectronics (CREAM)

Our mission is to provide the electronics industry with knowledge, methodology, solutions, and skilled engineers to help prevent penetration and manipulation of our electronic infrastructure. We conduct research using invasive and noninvasive reverse engineering techniques to evaluate the assurance of embedded systems. We develop countermeasures and assurance solutions to secure embedded systems against sensitive data extraction, system disruption, diversion, and obfuscation.

Network/Security Simulation Lab
The School of Business Network/Security Simulation Lab, a recent addition, will come online in mid-February Spring 2016. There are twenty-four workstations with servers in the lab, along with a state-of-the-art high density plotter. Each workstation will be a dual boot server - with Windows Server and Linux booting capabilities. The lab will be used to meet two objectives: 1) train students on Networking and Security , 2) outreach capability to conduct workshops on Security for industry participants. Oracle 11g will be installed for the data layer tier, IIS as a web layer and SAP GUI will be installed for the application layer. SAP is hosted by California State University, Chico.

Security topics that students would be exposed to include: Malware Threats, Host Security, Protocol Analyzers, Network Vulnerabilities, Vulnerability Scanning, Certificate concepts, Application security, Access control, Authentication, Compliance and audits, Network Security routers and Protocol, Firewall, IPSec, Spam, DNS Poisoning, SNMP, iSCSI, Service management, patching, encryption - data and transport, backup, load balancing, Cloud computing, RAID, Clustering. The final design of the lab is still being worked out in terms of Routers, switches and communication devices.

Visual Analytics Laboratory
The Visual Analytics Laboratory is a laboratory headed by Dr. Timothy Akers that serves as a showcase of the opportunities provided by Big Data solutions and highlights the role of Visualization as a tool to enhance the effectiveness of these solutions. This lab is funded in part by DHS and the large data systems lie at the intersection of Data Analytics, Behavioral Sciences, and Visualization. These facilities and the underlying expertise have a natural connection to the need for Modeling and Simulation tasks in the Cyber Center of Excellence.

Center of Excellence in Tactical and Advanced Communication Technologies (CETACT)
CETACT is an applied research consortium between MSU faculty, industry, and government for the design, implementation and test & evaluation of advanced communication systems and technologies. The primary research focus is the development of advanced radio hardware for multi-band transceivers and multi-mode digital radios in support of SDR applications. In addition, CETACT is developing technologies for adaptive radio management, spectrum sensing, and spectrum sharing to support of CR applications.

Engineering Visualization Research Laboratory (EVRL)
EVRL is headed by Dr. Kofi Nyarko and has a focus on data analytics and the visualization technologies that bring solutions to life. Recent projects include the Adapting Microsoft Surface for Battle Command Operations and the Mobile Tactical Ad-Hoc Network Visualization. These efforts compliment the Cyber COE by bringing visualization to the Cyber MS&E and to the Embedded Mobile and Tactical Systems.

Software Defined Radio Information Assurance and Spectrum Management Laboratory
The Software Defined Radio Information Assurance and Spectrum Management Laboratory is headed by Dr. Willie Thompson. This is a recent initiative supported by NSA. This lab does research into embedded system frameworks and standards to promote component reuse across widely diverse, resource constrained architectures consisting of a mixture of FPGAs, DSPs, GPPs (general purpose processors) and GPUs (graphic processing units) interconnected with a variety of bus structures for data and control. As part of this activity, the program has established a testbed consisting initially of a variety of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) radio evaluation platforms along with RF test equipment and software based development tools. This lab adds a cyber security element to the project because of potentially sensitive applications of these technologies. This lab can complement the Cyber COE by coupling expertise on the physical layer security solutions for the EMT tasks of the Cyber COE.