Title: A Preliminary Study of a Wireless Process Control Network Using Emulation Testbeds
Citation: Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering - Mobile Lightweight Wireless Systems - Second International ICST Conference, MOBILIGHT 2010 - ISBN: 978-3-642-16643-3 vol. 45 p. 268-279
Publisher: Springer
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC57774
URI: http://www.springer.com/computer/communication+networks/book/978-3-642-16643-3
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-16644-0
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The increasing dependence of Critical Infrastructures (CI) from Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has been recognized as a trend that might encompass significant risks to our society. Experimentation with CI before introducing a new technology has always been difficult mainly because the use of diverse and complex protocols and architectures, the inability to conduct experiments within a mission critical production environment as well as the lack of specialized tools for recreating a CI. In this paper we present the first results of a study that was conducted in a specialized environment for experimenting with Critical Next Generation Infrastructures. We propose the use of an emulation testbed - built on top of the Emulab software- along with specialized SCADA-aware components in order to recreate a typical industrial Process Control Network (PCN). We have implemented this architecture in our laboratory and we present here experimental results of the risks that operators might face while installing Wi-Fi access technologies within a PCN. This work is indicative of the approach, that operators and researchers could follow, to measure, understand and minimize undesirable consequences to the resilience and security of a CI.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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