Workshop on Networking and Cybersecurity R&D Testbeds in Singapore and Beyond
Date:  November 8, 2016
Venue: Kent Ridge Guild House (KRGH), 9 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119241
Testbeds provide realistic and repeatable environments to conduct experimentations, validations and education exercises. Such environments are especially crucial in the networking and cybersecurity R&D due to the gap between abstractions and actual deployment. The wide-range of application domains require and give rise to testbeds with different characteristics. This workshop aims to bring together testbed providers and users in the region, and facilitate interactions and sharing of experiences.
This workshop is co-located with the 24th IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP 2016).
13:00 - 13:05
||Keynote 1 : Terry Benzel (Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California)
The DETER Project – Cybersecurity Experimentation, More Details
Bio: Ms. Terry Benzel is the Deputy Director of the Internet and Networked Systems Division of the University of Southern California, Information Sciences Institute. Her research interests are in the science of cyber security experimentation and next generation distributed experimentation methodologies. Ms. Benzel is the project director of the DETER Project that evolves experimental network infrastructure and methodologies to support development and demonstration of next-generation information security technologies. She was a key contributor to the development of the Cybersecurity Experimentation of The Future (CEF) report. This report presents a strategic plan and roadmap to advance the field of experimental cybersecurity research.
Ms. Benzel has served as an advisor to government and industry on R&D strategy and roadmap development, providing guidance to the National Science Foundation, White House Office of Science Technology and Policy, Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office, Department of Defense, and industry alliances.
||Ee-Chien Chang (National University of Singapore)
National Cybersecurity R&D Lab for Cybersecurity Research
||Mun Choon Chan (National University of Singapore)
INDRIYA: A Wireless Sensor Network Testbed, More Details
Abstract: INDRIYA is a three-dimensional wireless sensor network deployed across three floors of the School of Computing, at the National University of Singapore. The testbed facilitates research in sensor network programming environments, communication protocols, system design, and applications. It provides a public, permanent framework for development and testing of sensor network protocols and applications. We will share our experience of managing and using this testbed in the last 7 years.
||Rajesh Krishna Balan (Singapore Management University)
LiveLabs: Building real-world testbeds for mobile sensing, analytics, and intervention experiments, More Details
Abstract: Building real-world testbeds for mobile sensing, analytics, and intervention experimentsA central question in mobile computing is how do you test mobile applications, that depend on real context, in real environments with real users? User studies done in lab environments are frequently insufficient to understand the real-world interactions between user context, environmental factors, application behaviour, and performance results. I will introduce LiveLabs, a 5 year project that started at the Singapore Management University in early 2012. The goal of LiveLabs is to convert real environments, such as the entire Singapore Management University campus, a popular resort island, and a large convention centre, into living testbeds where we instrument both the environment and the cell phones of opted-in participants (drawn from the student population and members of the public). I will describe the broad LiveLabs vision and identify the key research challenges and opportunities. I will then talk about our current implementations at various venues and share the insights and lessons we have learned from them. In particular, I will highlight our current insights into indoor location tracking, dynamic group and queue detection, and energy aware context sensing for mobile phones. I will also share our current status and some of the non-obvious challenges that arise from deploying these systems in real environments. Finally, I will discuss how the global research community can use LiveLabs to test innovations in mobile sensing, analytics, applications, and interventions.
Bio: Rajesh is an associate professor at Singapore Management University's School of Information Systems. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University and has over 15 years of research experience in the broad area of mobile systems and software. Some of the diverse areas that he has worked on include infrastructure support for multiplayer mobile games, improvements to public transportation networks, understanding and improving the software development process in outsourced environments, power management for mobile displays and sensing, and developing and testing novel human-centric mobile applications. Rajesh is also a director of the LiveLabs Urban LifeStyle Innovation Platform. The goal of this platform is to allow mobile sensing, analytics, applications and services to be tested with real users on real phones in real-world environments. Currently, LiveLabs has been deployed at a university campus, a resort island, and a large convention centre. More details about LiveLabs can be obtained at http://www.livelabs.smu.edu.sg
||Xinshu Dong (Advanced Digital Sciences Center)
A Software-based Smart Grid Testbed for Evaluating Substation Cybersecurity Solutions,
Abstract: Electrical substations are crucial for power grids. A number of international standards, such as IEC 60870 and 61850, have emerged to enable remote and automated control over substations. However, owing to insufficient security consideration in their design and implementation, the resulting systems could be vulnerable to cyber attacks. As a result, the modernization of a large number of substations dramatically increases the scale of potential damage successful attacks can cause on power grids. To counter such a risk, one promising direction is to design and deploy an additional layer of defence at the substations. However, it remains a challenge to evaluate various substation cybersecurity solutions in a realistic environment. We present the design and implementation of SoftGrid, a software-based smart grid testbed for evaluating the effectiveness, performance, and interoperability of various security solutions implemented to protect the remote control interface of substations. We then discuss a concrete case study evaluating a security-enhanced substation gateway prototype.
Bio: Xinshu Dong is a researcher working on securing a broad range of systems, from web browsers, Internet of Things, to industrial control systems. Some of his research appeared in top security and systems conferences, including CCS, ICDCS, ESORICS, etc. He is presently keen to applying some of the technologies he (co-)developed to revolutionising the resilience of software systems in financial sectors against ever increasing cyber threat landscape. Xinshu Dong received his PhD in Computer Science from National University of Singapore in 2013, with a dissertation on building security principles into modern web browsers.
||Jianying Zhou (Institute for Infocomm Research)
A Testbed for Validation of Security Solutions in Metro System, More Details
Abstract: For a city with dense population like Singapore, the importance of securing its urban transportation systems could never be overemphasized. We are now working on a project funded by NRF to develop cyber-physical security solutions to protect urban transportation systems. To validate the viability of those security solutions, a customized testbed is essential to the success of the project. In this talk, I will share the experience on how to set up such a testbed to meet the project requirement, and what experiments will be carried out on the testbed.
Bio: Dr. Jianying Zhou is a principal scientist and the head of Infocomm Security Department at Institute for Infocomm Research. He received PhD in Information Security from Royal Holloway, University of London. His research interests are in applied cryptography, computer and network security, cyber-physical security, mobile and wireless security. He is a co-founder & steering committee co-chair of International Conference on Applied Cryptography and Network Security (ACNS). He is also the founder & steering committee chair of ACM Cyber-Physical System Security Workshop (CPSS). He is the lead PI of NRF funded project “A Cyber-Physical Approach to Securing Urban Transportation Systems”. More info at http://icsd.i2r.a-star.edu.sg/staff/jianying/.
||Keynote 2 :Jack Brassil (National Science Foundation)
Investing in Mid-scale Experimental Research Infrastructure, More Details
Abstract: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has played a critical role in establishing U.S. leadership in Science and Engineering (S&E), creating innovations that drive the nation's economy and educating the next generation of scientists and engineers. Looking ahead, to drive its long-term research agenda -- ensuring future generations will continue to reap the benefits of fundamental S&E research — NSF has identified a set of 10 "big ideas.” These ideas capitalize on what NSF does best: catalyze interest and investment in fundamental research, which is the basis for discovery, invention and innovation. One such big idea focuses on the future role of mid-scale research infrastructure.
NSF S&E activities rely increasingly on infrastructure that is diverse in space, cost and implementation time - everything from major observatories to nationwide sensor networks to smaller experiments. NSF funds small - and mid-scale research infrastructure projects -- up to $20 million -- through its individual scientific directorates. I will discuss the Computing, Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate's current investments in mid-scale computing and networking research infrastructure, including research platforms such as the Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI), the Parallel Reconfigurable Observational Environment (PRObE), and NSFFutureCloud’s Chameleon and CloudLab systems. I will explain synergies between these infrastructures, and a vision of NSF `super-facilities’ that leverage federation, identity management and highly flexible, deeply programmable and sliceable resources.
Bio: Jack Brassil received the B.S. degree from the Polytechnic Institute of New York, the M.Eng. degree from Cornell University, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of California, San Diego, all in electrical engineering.
Dr. Brassil is currently a Senior Scholar (on leave) in the Department of Computer Science at Princeton University. He is currently serving as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA. Previously he was a Distinguished Technologist and Program Manager at HP Laboratories. At HP he managed a research team investigating mobile computing systems, internet streaming media, content distribution architectures, and communication networks and protocols, with frequent collaboration with startups, universities and industrial research partners.
Before joining HP he held multiple research positions at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill and Holmdel, NJ. Dr. Brassil is an IEEE Fellow, a member of the IEEE Communications Society, a member of the ACM, and a member of ACM SIGCOMM.
||Ivan Lee (iTrust, Singapore University of Technology and Design)
A Secure Water Treatment (SWaT) testbed for the Cyber Physical Security
Qirui Huang (Singapore University of Technology and Design)
CISDeM Testbed for Adaptive Data-Driven Enterprise Network Security,
Abstract: CISDeM is a research program that uses multi-modal and multilayered information for synergistic and adaptive defense against enterprise network networks. The research is supported by an underlying network testbed that integrates software-defined programmability. In this talk, I will present the design of the testbed that facilitates adaptive security policy and control, scalable traffic generation, line-speed logging of traffic, virtualization for configurability and isolation, and manageability under possibly disruptive experiments. For increased scale, the testbed's experiments links also with external infrastructures such as NCL at NUS and the commercial AWS.
Dr. Qirui Huang received the Bachelor's and Master's degrees in optical communications, both from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuahn, China, in 2004 and 2007, respectively. He received his PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Nanyang Technological University in 2011. He was the recipient of an Outstanding PhD Students Award in 2010 from the Chinese government in recognition of his research achievements during his PhD studies. From 2011 to 2015, he was with the Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR in Singapore, where he was Scientist and worked on research in large-scale switching, data center networks, and software defined networks. He is currently Principal Architect of Network System and Project Manager in the Temasek Labs at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. Dr. Huang was a recipient of the IEEE ICC 2012 Best Paper award. He has filed a patent in Singapore, and has authored more than 30 publications in research journals and conferences.
||Mo Li (Nanyang Technological University)
Research Experiences with Networked Sensing for Smart City Applications, More Details
Abstract: The rapid development of technologies in sensing, wireless communication, IoT, etc. has made it possible to build a smart and connected environment of systems, objects, data, and people for a better living in the city. This talk will introduce our experiences in developing and deploying networked sensing systems for various smart city applications including environment monitoring, building sensing and automation, smart mobility, etc.
Bio: Mo Li received his BS degree in the Department of Computer Science and Technology from Tsinghua University and PhD degree in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is currently an associate professor in School of Computer Engineering of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
||Sean Tan (Singtel)
Leveraging Incubation services for co-creation in Singtel Cyber Security Institute , More Details
Abstract: Besides offering a real-world, hands-on environment for realistic, vertical-focused cyber-attack scenarios, Singtel Cyber Security Institute together with Incubation services extends their expertise to enhance participating organizations’ go-to-market capabilities as a one-stop validation point. In another word, Singtel Cyber Security Institute streamlines the innovation process as a springboard for alpha testing for participating R&D teams. Singtel Cyber Range is built on the next-generation, technology-agnostic platform which is capable of empowering organizations to learn about potential threat scenarios, how to respond to them, and how to test and ensure one’s incident response effectiveness.
||Bu Sung Lee (Nanyang Technological University)
SingAREN: A National Research and Education Network, More Details
Abstract: Singapore Advanced Research and Education Network (SingAREN), www.singaren.net.sg, started as a national project funded by Singapore government in 1997 to take on the challenge of ensuring that Singapore's research and education community is connected to the international community. On 1 October 2003, SingAREN was officially registered as a Society to widen its roles to better serve the user community.
Since it’s formation in 1997, SingAREN has been a champion of advance network technology deployment in Singapore providing its members with high bandwidth access to international research and education networks, Currently the SingAREN POP has multiple 10G international links, eg. to GEANT, Japan, Korea and a 100G to Internet2 in USA The SingAREN POP has become a major R&E POP in South East Asia region. Through its international network it has supported numerous research collaboration and distance learning program, eg.the Singapore MIT Alliance distance learning program.
Locally, it has lease dark fiber to run a 100G dual-ring network connecting National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), A*STAR and SingAREN POP. In 2016 the network extended to supports Infiniband connections from NUS, NTU and ASTAR to the National Supercomputer Center, Singapore.
SingAREN in it’s role as a test-bed of advance technology and services has supported a large number of trials and demos. In 2006, it supported the first 3D-HDTV demonstration of an eye surgery between Asahikawa college, Japan and Singapore National Eye center. In 2014, SingAREN working together with National Institute of Information and Communications Tecnology, Japan carried out various SDN testing across the international links and the RISE SDN test-bed in Japan. In recent years, it has supported A*STAR Computational Resource Center to carry out the Infinicortex demonstration around the globe at SC15 and ISC16.
In this talk I will cover the evolution of SingAREN as well as SingAREN drive to support user test- bedding network and service technology across Singapore and beyond.
Bio: Bu Sung Lee, Francis received his B.Sc.(Hons) and PhD from the Electrical and Electronics Department, Loughborough University of Technology, UK in 1982 and 1987 respectively. He is currently an Associate Professor with the School of Computer Engineering, Nanyang technological University. In addition, to the academic activities he also holds a Joint appointment as Director, Service Platform Lab, HP Labs. Singapore since July 2010 – June 2012. He currently holds a position as Director, International Networks at National SuperComputing Center, Singapore.
He has been actively involved with the Asia-Pacific research and education network since the formation of Singapore Advance Research and Education Network (SingAREN). He is the founding president of SingAREN society, (2003-2007) and (2011-2015). He was elected the founding Chair of the governors (2012-2016) of the Trans-Eurasia Information Network Cooperation Center (TEIN*CC), which manages the TEIN-4 project, the high speed research and education network in the Asia-Pacific region.
Bu-Sung Lee has published over 300 peer preview conference papers, and 100 journal papers. His research areas cover both Grid/Cloud Computing and network. Lately he has carried out research in the area of application of Data Analytics and Big Data. He is the co-author of a number of papers that has won Best Paper awards and demonstration award. He has given numerous Invited/Keynote address in conferences.
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