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Computer networks are undergoing a phenomenal growth, driven by the rapidly increasing number of nodes constituting the networks. At the same time, the number of security threats on Internet and intranet networks is constantly increasing, and the testing and experimentation of cyber defense solutions require the availability of separate, test environments that best reflect the complexity of a real system. Such environments support the deployment and monitoring of complex mission-driven network scenarios, and cyber security training activities, thus enabling enterprises to study cyber defense strategies and allowing security researchers to evaluate their algorithms at scale.
The main objective is delivering to researchers and practitioners an overview of the technological means and the practical steps to setup a private cloud platform based on OpenNebula for the creation and management of virtual environments that support cyber-security activities of training and testing, as well as an overview of its possible applications in the cyber security domain.
1. We describe our infrastructure based on OpenNebula
2. We overview our application, sitting on top of OpenNebula, as well as the technological tools involved in the management of its lifecycle (e.g., Ansible) .
3. We show how the platform can support various examples of security research activities
[References] Building an emulation environment for cyber security analyses of complex networked systems, Tanasache, Florin Dragos and Sorella, Mara and Bonomi, Silvia and Rapone, Raniero and Meacci, Davide, ICDCN '19, ACM, 2019