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Cybersecurity Takes Center Stage

From CalPoly Business

Every employee who does not pay attention to cybersecurity potentially puts their company at risk.

Today, students and graduates of all disciplines need to have at least a basic level of cyber awareness. I teach my students that security is not relegated to the technical job titles in an organization but relates to every individual in the organization. I am a firm believer that businesses need to create a culture of security that empowers individuals to safeguard devices and information. My experience and research have suggested those proactive companies will be more resilient in the face of increased hacking, email phishing and ransomware attacks.

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Old and New Combine for Ventura College Student Projects

Raspberry Pi Fuels Innovation Across Disciplines

Efrain Hernandez is the go-to person in his family whenever anyone needs help with technology, but he never thought he would pursue it as a career. Now the recent Ventura College graduate is heading on to complete his bachelor’s degree and hopefully secure a position in the Computer Science field.

Hernandez combined his interest in Computer Science with his love of vintage video games into a unique project for professor Elliot Gertner’s Computer Architecture Class. He created a bar-top arcade game that contains hundreds of video games from Pac Man to Street Fighter.

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Cisco CCNA R&S Essentials 6.0 and CCNA Security SBAs


NETLAB+ supported labs are now available for CCNA 6.0 Routing and Switching – Routing and Switching Essentials (Series 2):

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching is a certification program for entry-level network engineers, which validates the ability to install, configure, operate and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks.
NETLAB+ supported labs are now available for CCNA 6.0 Routing and Switching –  Introduction to Networks (Series 1).  For details, please see:


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Instructors Offer 3 Tips for NETLAB+ Success

James Cregg and Skip Berry have used NETLAB+ in their classes at Riverside City College for more than a decade. In that time, they’ve learned to optimize the platform and what it can offer their students.

If you are planning for summer session or fall semester, consider the following tips to help you get the most out of NETLAB+ and give your students the skills they need to thrive in the working world.

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Empowering Education Together: NDG and Red Hat Academy Join Forces


Red Hat, the world’s leader in open source and provider of the leading enterprise Linux platform, has recently redesigned their academic program. The revised Red Hat Academy, which provides industry-leading Linux administration, JBoss development and cloud technology curriculum, is now available for free to qualifying higher education institutions.

These exciting changes make it possible for you, as NETLAB+ customers, to take advantage of NDG’s strategic collaboration with Red Hat and use your NETLAB+ system to administer Red Hat labs in your classroom at no additional cost. Visit the NDG website for more information on NETLAB+ lab support for Red Hat Academy courses.

Why join Red Hat Academy?

  • Membership to qualifying universities is now free, with easy online program enrollment.
  • Academy instructors receive free access to Red Hat online training courses.
  • Gain access to industry-leading Linux, cloud and middleware curriculum
  • Student materials are available in multiple formats: eBook, printed, or online.
  • Collaborate with the world’s leader in open source.
  • Prepare your students with in-demand skills that companies are actively seeking.

Together, Red Hat and NDG are committed to helping close the technology skills gap by providing students with opportunities to build enterprise-ready skills. We believe the revised Red Hat Academy program has the potential of making a big impact on your institution and students.


BACCC NETLAB+ New Website is LIVE!

The Bay Region has launched a new NETLAB+ website with content for Students, Instructors, Partner Colleges and Employers.

Several student successes are featured complete with photos and quotes, plus Lab Links to the many courses offered through the region’s NETLAB+ installation.

Upcoming training opportunities, usage comparison information and a resource library are posted on the Instructor page. Instructors new to NETLAB+ can watch an orientation video on the site, too.

Instructors are invited to submit their course information to be highlighted on the “Featured Courses” section of the Student’s page.

For more information or to have your course featured on the site, contact Richard Grotegut, IT and Computer Science Deputy Sector Navigator for the Bay Region.

CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+) Now Available

The new CompTIA CSA+ examination is an intermediate-level credential for cybersecurity professionals and was created to address current cybersecurity trends. The exam will certify that the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to:

  • Perform data analysis and interpret the results to identify vulnerabilities, threats, and risks to an organization;
  • Configure and use threat detection tools; and
  • Secure and protect applications and systems within an organization.

The behavioral analytics skills covered by the CSA+ certification identify and combat malware and advanced persistent threats (APTs), resulting in better threat visibility across organizational assets by focusing on network behavior, including interior networks.

Visit the CompTIA website to learn more.

NETLAB+ Virtual Edition – Beta Release Now Available


Network Development Group (NDG), is pleased to announce the beta release of a new version of NETLAB+, designed to run as a virtual appliance within the VMware vSphere environment. This new, virtual edition of NETLAB+, NETLAB+ VE, marks a major change from the physical hardware version of NETLAB+ that has served hundreds of thousands of learners for the past 15 years. With an updated user interface and dockable windows, NETLAB+ VE has a fresh, new look and feel. Great new features, including a new PC viewer using HTML5 (replacing Java), help make the updated environment easier to use and more engaging.

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New Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Course Available

By CyberWatch West

CyberWatch West launched a new course designed specifically for community colleges, “Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity,” with a free webinar in January, 2017.

The course was created in collaboration with George Mason University’s Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security, leveraging its graduate-level coursework to produce a beginning course suitable for undergraduate students with a basic understanding of network and computer security. CyberWatch West sponsored and published the course, making it available to instructors for their use under a Creative Commons license.

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NDG Linux Unhatched: Learn Linux Fundamentals for Free

NDG has launched a new course that provides an introduction to the world of Linux for free.

NDG Linux Unhatched offers students a hands-on learning platform where they can experiment and get comfortable learning basic Linux skills. They can even enter commands in a live Linux environment without having to download anything; all they need is a web browser.

The course is aligned to CompTIA A+ 220-902 exams Linux objectives.

Visit the NDG website for more information.