The main objective of this project is the procurement, integration, configuration, test and delivery of testbed demonstrating IP security over satellite. One purpose of this testbed is the verification of theoretical results found in the previous 'IP Security over Satellite' study. Results such as the appropriate architecture design for using IPsec to secure satellite communication.
Furthermore, it should demonstrate, in an illustrative manner, the security functionality provided by IPsec. In order to demonstrate this to a broad audience, the integration of representative demonstration scenarios, as well as the selection of impressive security attack scenarios is a must.
As the demonstrator is intended to be used by different parties, such as other research projects, equipment manufacturer and of course ESTEC itself, a modular design is of significant importance. This modularity allows for easy replacement of functional components, such as DVB-S equipment, IPsec gateways or performance enhancing equipment, as well as for a later enhancement of the demonstrator functionality, e.g. integration of IPv6 or secure IP Multicast support.
Lastly, one goal of this project is the use of open source software to the maximum possible extent.
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