This project focuses on the threats and the consequences encountered on wireless networks of higher education facilities. Specifically focusing on malware, the project details and simulates at least one malware attack in a virtual machine environment and written into an educational module. Overall, topics such as the common types of threats to higher education networks, a detailed malware attack description, and how to avoid such attacks in the future are discussed. Throughout the scope of this project, the knowledge of how to simulate a malware attack and the process of handling the attack are to be obtained from this research. In addition, using VMware Fusion as the virtual machine environment, a malware attack simulation is demonstrated on a Windows 10 virtual operating system and Linux CENTOS 7 virtual operating system. To ensure a successful and timely attack simulation, C\# programming is the language of choice for this project with small amounts of PHP and HTML programming as well. Additionally, the Director of Technology Services at the College of Wooster, Vincent DiScipio, is a contact of importance to give insight about threat handling tactics and types of threats encountered on the College's network. The purpose of performing a malware attack is not to further infect individuals; it is to educate pre-event structure, execution, and post-event structure of malware defense.


Byrnes, Denise


Computer Science


Computer Sciences


malware, networking

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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