Michael Rosenstein attended this year’s USENIX conference on August 6th, 2012 to deliver a paper written by himself and Frank Corvese on the work they completed for National Cyber Range. The paper, “A Secure Architecture for the Range-Level Command and Control System of a National Cyber Range Testbed” was selected for EXTRA time during presentations at the CSET ’12, 5th Workshop on Cyber Security Experimentation and Test held in Bellevue, WA.

Publication information:

Rosenstein, M., & Corvese, F. (2012, August). A Secure Architecture for the Range-Level Command and Control System of a National Cyber Range Testbed. In CSET.

Abstract: In recent years, cyber security researchers have become burdened by the time and cost necessary to instantiate secure testbeds suitable for analyzing new threats or evaluating emerging technologies

[1]. To alleviate this, DARPA initiated the National Cyber Range (NCR) program to develop the architecture and software tools needed for a secure, self-contained cyber testing facility. Among NCR’s goals was the development of a range capable of rapid and automated reconfiguration of resources, broad scalability, and support for running simultaneous experiments at different security levels [2].

In this paper we present our architecture for the Range-level Command & Control System (RangeC2) developed as part of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory’s implementation of the NCR [3]. Our discussion includes the RangeC2’s functional and non-functional requirements, the rationale behind its partitioning into layered subsystems, an analysis of each subsystem’s fundamental mechanisms, and an in-depth look at their processing paradigms and data flows.

To meet the demands of this range, the RangeC2 was required to perform three primary jobs: 1) management of all range resources; 2) management of numerous concurrent experiments; and 3) enforcement of each experiment’s resource security and perimeter isolation. Our discussion of the architecture will show how these requirements were met while overcoming the RangeC2’s most critical challenges.

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Published On: Aug-2012Categories: Cyber Experimentation and Simulation, News, Publications1.8 min read

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