ICS Testbed Tetris: Practical Building Blocks Towards a Cyber Security Resource

Authors: 

Benjamin Green, Richard Derbyshire, William Knowles, James Boorman, Pierre Ciholas, Daniel Prince, and David Hutchison, Lancaster University, UK

Long Preliminary Work Paper

Abstract: 

Cyber attacks on Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) can be hugely detrimental to society, notably via compromising Industrial Control Systems (ICS) that underpin core CNI functions. In order to explore in-depth ICS Cyber Security challenges, testbeds are an essential tool, avoiding the need to experiment exclusively on live systems. However, ICS testbed creation is a complex multidisciplinary challenge, with a plethora of conflicting requirements. This paper, based on over six years of ICS testbed research and development that spans multiple diverse applications, proposes a flexible high-level model that can be adopted to support ICS testbed development. This is complemented by a baseline set of practical implementation guidance incorporating related and emerging technologies. As a collective, the model and implementation guidance offers a go-to guide for a wide range of end-users. Furthermore, it provides a coherent foundational structure towards establishing an online "living" resource, which can be expanded over time through broader community engagement.

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BibTeX
@inproceedings {256946,
author = {Benjamin Green and Richard Derbyshire and William Knowles and James Boorman and Pierre Ciholas and Daniel Prince and David Hutchison},
title = {{ICS} Testbed Tetris: Practical Building Blocks Towards a Cyber Security Resource},
booktitle = {13th {USENIX} Workshop on Cyber Security Experimentation and Test ({CSET} 20)},
year = {2020},
url = {https://www.usenix.org/conference/cset20/presentation/green},
publisher = {{USENIX} Association},
month = aug,
}

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