University of Maryland Global Campus is offering NETLAB+, a remote-access learning platform designed to provide practical hands-on experience with technology in virtual network environments. NETLAB+ gives you no-cost access to dedicated virtual machines that allow you to master the skills that are relevant to cybersecurity workforce needs.

Developed in collaboration with the Department of Labor National Information Security and Geospatial, these labs focus on the principles and best practices in several cybersecurity areas as noted below. You can gain hands-on practice in the skills needed and prepare for industry certification, or you can use NETLAB+'s pre-built curricula or content to be customized and added to courseware to infuse cyber content into your classes.

Each NETLAB+ course contains numerous labs, each with its own content, virtual machines, and topology. You can access these and either follow the self-guided content to learn the materials presented in that lab or explore on your own.

UMGC is offering this outreach to Maryland K-12 teachers, community colleges, and minority academic institution faculty for professional development and/or the creation of innovative hands-on cyber range activities. It is also available for Capture-The-Flag activities. If you are part of one of these institutions and interested in using NETLAB+, send an e-mail to: with your name, .edu e-mail address, associated institution name, NETLAB+ topic of interest, a paragraph explaining how you intend to use NETLAB+, and an expected timeframe.

Available NETLAB+ topics include

  • A+
  • Ethical Hacker
  • Digital Forensics
  • Linux+
  • Network+
  • Python Security
  • Security+
  • Windows 10
  • Cisco Networking

This project is managed by the University of Maryland Global Campus.

NETLAB+Network Development Group provides the NETLAB+ platform. All questions should be directed to

Designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense, UMGC was awarded a grant to support this effort from NSA- Grant Nos. H-98230-18-1-0322 and H-98230-17-1-0388.