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Raleigh ISSA May 2, 2019 Chapter Meeting at RTP Headquarters

May 2, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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5:15 – 6:00pm Career Services (Conference Room 1)

5:15 – 6:00pm Back-to-Basics (Main Room) Shelly Epps – Whose Risk Is It Anyways?

6:00 – 7:00pm Moe’s / Drink / Socializing (Lobby)

7:00 – 7:15pm Board Updates (Main Room)

7:15 – 8:15pm Main Presentation (Main Room)Competitive Labs as a Service (CLaaS) – A Cyber Security Learning System  Te-Shun Chou Associate Professor ECU & Nicholas Hempenius Graduate Student ECU

Topic:  Competitive Labs as a Service (CLaaS) – A Cyber Security Learning System


Te-Shun Chou – Associate Professor ECU



Nicholas Hempenius – Graduate Student ECU


We implement a unique learning system that incorporates gaming to provide comprehensive cybersecurity awareness education. The system infrastructure includes a number of learning environments and each emulates a realistic network. Multiple virtual machines are implemented in each learning environment and those serve both tasks of attack and defense. In addition, the infrastructure allows interaction among learning environments, therefore making it more similar to a realistic world network.

The infrastructure facilitates a competition environment encouraging students to interact with each other. Students who successfully launch attacks will gain points; conversely, students who do not successfully implement a mechanism to prevent the corresponding attack will lose points. A website is developed for students accessing and completing the required tasks at their own paces. This personalized learning experience allows the student to be an active participant in the learning process. This self-guided approach makes learning enjoyable and is effective in improving student learning and understanding.


TE-SHUN CHOU is an Associate Professor in the Department of Technology Systems at East Carolina University (ECU). He received his Bachelor degree in Electronics Engineering at Feng Chia University and both Master’s degree and Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering at Florida International University. He serves as the program coordinator of the Master program in Network Technology for the Department of Technology Systems and the lead faculty of Digital Communication Systems concentration for the Consortium Universities of the Ph.D. in Technology Management. He is also the point of contact of ECU National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE). Dr. Chou teaches IT related courses, which include network security, network intrusion detection and prevention, wireless communications, and network management. His research interests include machine learning, wireless communications, technology education, and information security, especially in the field of intrusion detection and incident response.

NICHOLAS HEMPENIUS is a graduate student in the Network Technology Master’s degree program concentrating in Information Security at East Carolina University (ECU). He received his bachelor’s degree in Information and Computer Technology with a concentration in Information Security at ECU. He is the technical lead for the ECU Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) Team and works as a Graduate Research Assistant on a National Science Foundation Grant under Dr. Te-Shun Chou. He was awarded 2nd place in the 2019 ATMAE graduate poster competition. He was awarded 1st place in the Masters Engineering/Technology poster presentation competition at the ECU Research and Creative Achievement Week. Nicholas is a member of Epsilon Pi Tau at ECU.


May 2, 2019
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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12 Davis Drive , Research Triangle Park, NC
Raleigh, NC 27709 us
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