OpenSatRange is an open cyber range for cyber security training of satellite system and network operators.
The project aims to develop a cyber range offering an environment in which a customizable space system can be reproduced to support training courses in cyber security.
The OpenSatRange (OSR) platform will be designed to integrate an emulated/simulated satellite component and support attacks relevant to space communication systems. It will be based on modern virtualization technologies to allow automated implementations of the considered scenarios and will be equipped with an integrated monitoring service capable of monitoring the behavior of learners, tracking their progress and skills, and evaluating their performance.
The considered scenarios will be mainly based on GEO satellites or on constellations of LEO satellites and will involve the implementation of services specific to satellite telecommunications networks. The modular approach with which OSR will be developed will allow its possible and subsequent expansion, both in terms of considerable scenarios and applications and of testable solutions and additional learning paths.
The main interface for learners, developers, and administrators will be a drag-and-drop web GUI that will allow a quick configuration of the training scenario.
OSR will use a scenario definition language capable of describing component provisioning and configuration by using a high-level markup that will be extended and adapted to support satellite network component models and configurations.
A marketplace will allow the sharing of training scenarios among community members, allowing OSR not only to operate as a training tool, but also as a tool for creating a community of network, cyber-security, and satellite system experts.
The research project is financed by the Italian Space Agency within the funding call for “Medium-term research and development projects relating to the ASI 2020 Academic Space Research Days” relating to the thematic areas “Scientific Instrumentation, Cybersecurity and Advanced Materials”.
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Università degli Studi di Genova
Consorzio Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni
The project started on 23/06/2023 and will last 24 months.
The first Review meeting has been successfully held on January 16th, 2024. The Italian Space Agency positively evaluated the work carried out during the first semester of the project including the definition of the training paths, scenarios, requirements, security perimeter, and system architecture of the OpenSatRange platform.