The driver behind the 5G-ENSURE test bed is to provide a product vision where both the defined security architecture and the enablers can be promoted, shared and adopted in the 5G PPP context. The ultimate goal is to demonstrate 5G-ENSURE capacity to address 5G security challenges.

The test bed design and set-up satisfies the needs/requirements of the defined use cases, while remaining open to additional requirements so the design can continue to evolve in terms of the test bed architecture and features offered.

The first release of the 5G-ENSURE test bed was made available in August 2016 for partner feedback. Currently available features:

  • Remote VPN access (web portal & vpn client).
  • VTT node interconnected though s2s VPN.
  • Helpdesk service based on personal credentials.
  • Connection to central directory for hosts authentication.
  • Instance deployment orchestration & automatisation.
  • Network services (NTP, DNS).
  • Operation procedures definition (high level).

Within the 5G-ENSURE project, the set-up of the test bed is limited to the components needed to host the security enablers and run the use cases, showcasing the enablers/technologies developed. The focus is on those security elements that need to be in place, bearing in mind that 5G-ENSURE is not providing a full end-to-end 5G network. If additional functionalities are required, the test bed should either be interconnected with other test beds or should emulate some of its functions.

5G-ENSURE plans to make the cyber-security test bed a core asset for current service offers. Specific security enablers are a solid basis for developing and deploying current 5G and cloud prototypes. Extending and complementing current solutions and test bed implementation to also cover VNF and emerging 5G needs.The test bed comprises one central node with some partner nodes connected to it. The test bed design will be based on the use cases and architecture.