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Online Cyber Operations and Resilience Learning Lab

The Cyber Operations and Resilience (CORe) Learning Lab is an online environment for learning information technology and cybersecurity tools, techniques and processes related to your future career.

Once you are granted permission to access the CORe Learning Lab, you can access the lab from anywhere in the world. After a short tutorial, you will receive a list of activities to work on. Your activities will include a variety of tasks, from testing networks to engaging in a real-life infrastructure network and simulation.

Gain Hands-on Experience

In this lab, you will practice working with:

  • Virtualization
  • Penetration testing and vulnerability testing
  • Microsoft Active Directory
  • Assigning groups, policies and users within Active Directory
  • Domain Name System (DNS)
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)

Prepare for the Future of Cybersecurity

The CORe Learning Lab is a great way to gain practical experience in the field of information technology and cybersecurity before you apply for internships or interview for jobs.

Online Environment

Access the lab anytime, anywhere. Engage in real-world scenarios to develop new skills and practice what you have learned in your classes.

Internship Skills

Add applicable skills to your resume and stand out from other candidates as you apply for internships.

Student Support

Connect with other students and get support from faculty and staff through the lab’s dedicated Discord channel.

Request Access to the CORe Learning Lab

Email to request access to the lab. No additional application, registration or payment is required.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can join the CORe Learning Lab?

The CORe Learning Lab is open to all Boise State students, including those who are enrolled in the cyber operations and resilience program. Student attending other colleges and universities in Idaho can also request access. No background knowledge or prerequisites are required.

When is the lab open?

The CORe Learning Lab is a fully-online environment, so it is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Once you are given access to the lab, you can log in at any time.

Can I work at the lab in person?

Yes! Students in the Boise area are welcome to come on campus and work in the learning lab.

The lab is located in the Micron Engineering Center at 1020 S. Manitou Ave., Boise, ID 83706. In-person lab hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (MST). The lab can be accessed online at any time.

Will I earn college credits?

No. The CORe Learning Lab is a place to learn, experiment and experience real-world scenarios you will encounter in the workplace. While you won’t earn any college credits, you will add skills to your resume and be prepared for internships and job interviews.

Do I need to purchase any materials?

As a student in the cyber program, you will need a personal computer, webcam, headphones with a microphone and internet access. Computers must meet the following processing requirements: processor (AMD Ryzen 5 or Intel Core i5) with at least 16GB memory RAM and 500GB storage space.

The CORe Learning Lab does not require any additional textbooks, hardware or software.

What support will I have?

After you request access to the lab, you will receive an information packet with instructions on how to access the lab and what activities you can work on. The lab will host information sessions on Zoom for incoming students.

While you are working in the lab environment, you will have access to a Discord channel where you can ask questions and suggest more training sessions. Support is available through email ( and Discord during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. MST).

Teaching assistants are also available in the physical lab location for students who choose to go on campus.

Online Cyber Programs at Boise State

Interested in earning a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or certificate in cyber operations and resilience?

Boise State’s online cyber programs prepare you for a purposeful career. In our interconnected world, cyber professionals play a vital role in ensuring the safety of our economy, government and society. Gain practical knowledge, industry credentials and applicable skills to enter a growing workforce.

Boise State Online Cyber Programs 

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