This section of the CIFA website details the facilities available within CIFA. This is divided into the following sections:
The Collaborative Research Laboratory (CRL) is a dedicated facility where multidisciplinary researchers, practitioners, and students can collaborate to investigate and demonstrate real world problems related to information security and computer forensics. The research currently being conducted includes information security risk analysis, network performance prediction using active-networks, security models using immune systems, security models based on other biological paradigms, modeling of security and trust, modeling of security in service-oriented computing systems, botnets, wireless security, and development and dissemination of security policies.
The laboratory is equipped with dual processor workstations with 3GHz Intel Xeon processors, 1MB L3 cache, and 3GB RAM. Each of these computers is on a separate desk and connected to the lab network. In addition, we have six laptops with 1.80GHz processors, 60GB cache, and 1.24GB RAM. All machines are configured with the Windows XP operating system. Also an Apple Xserve high-performance computing cluster with four processors can be accessed from within the lab and remotely. The lab is also equipped with a PowerEdge 2850 server and PowerVault for software distribution, backups and shared storage.
The lab is equipped with its own network closet that can be used to configure and control its internal network. It is connected to the UAlbany network through a router that will allow the network of the lab to be isolated from the rest of the University network. This is important to ensure that security research experiments do not accidentally affect the University computers. The research laboratory is connected to the teaching lab through a VLAN and appropriate router configuration at the University level. A firewall and intrusion detection system provide additional security. A secure wireless network enables research in wireless security matters as well as laptop connectivity.
The lab (SS-259D is equipped with a central conferencing area that can seat 10-14 people. Meetings are supported by two portable projectors, a projection screen, and movable whiteboards. Furnishings include a couch, lounge chairs, and a coffee table for more relaxed informal meetings. In addition to the main area, there are two adjoining rooms: a server room (SS-259B), and a management office (SS-259C). The management office contains a whiteboard, desk space, and a small conference table for more intimate meetings.
CIFA's Educational Research and Learning Laboratory (ERLL) is a dedicated classroom where students and employee participants from the University, as well as public and private sectors can receive instruction, engage in learning exercises, and develop and test new courseware. This laboratory will be used for the courses developed within the Center (e.g. Security Fundamentals, Risk Assessment, Incident Response, Security Policies, and Computer Forensics). However, it is also available as an additional classroom resource for related courses and empirical/experimental projects. This semester, this laboratory is host to INF 711 Security Policies, BIO540 Principles in Bioinformatics and other courses.
This laboratory was built from the ground-up to support a wide variety of instructional methods and classroom designs, especially those emphasizing educational technology. Instructors can choose the classroom setup they need through use of movable furniture and portable computing. The laboratory also supports various types of technology such as: security simulations, multiple networking options, in-class server, computer-assisted instruction, and smart classroom technology. An adjoining room offers storage space for equipment.
Smart Classroom Technology
The classroom is outfitted with a central control ("smart") podium, which controls computer projection, audio, video (including DVD), and room lighting. Software allows the instructor to manage any student desktop and/or offer multiple views into learners' work in progress. A moveable digital whiteboard can be used to present, store, and manipulate instructional information. In addition, the digital whiteboard offers a link to/from an instructor's computer to save and send information created during class. Several wall-mounted dry-erase white boards provide ample space for instructor and student use.
Each student has use of specially configured Dell Pentium 4 high capacity notebook computer. The computers are configured for specific learning activities, and are portable for multiple computer-learner configurations.
The classroom includes both wireless and 10/100 baseT wired Ethernet and a high speed Internet connection, but can also be disconnected from campus and the Internet for running information security simulations where classroom activities must be quarantined. A Dell PowerEdge 2850 server supports disk imaging, network functions, and learning activities.
The Downtown CIFA Laboratory is an extension to the uptown Collaborative Research Laboratory. This facility will be mainly used by graduate-level/Ph.D. students and faculty in the College of Computing and Information, the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, and the School of Criminal Justice to do related research in computer forensics and information assurance.
The computing facilities of the Downtown CIFA Laboratory include seven Dell OptiPlex GX280 SDT computers as well as a Dell Precision Workstation 470 for file serving important documents. This room will be configured for wireless as well as have network-printing capabilities.