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The Internet has become an indispensable part of the
infrastructure for most of the aspects of daily life and has developed to a fundamental
infrastructure for Europe. The uninterrupted,
reliable and secure access to the Internet is seen as a basic
right for all citizens and a significant economical factor. The current infrastructure
lacks many of those features which are obviously associated with a trusted,
safe and secure communication medium. The number of attacks on
Internet-connected systems are growing and the attacks have become more serious
and more technically complex than in the past. With the increasing number of
sensitive applications, e.g. e-government or e-commerce, in particular the
following critical issues and obstacles gain importance:
- Security and privacy:
Methods and protocols to ensure security and privacy by means of intrusion
detection systems, encryption, authentication, authorisation, etc. today are
mainly performed on higher layers (layer 3-7) ignoring that security strongly
depend on a reliable and secure transport infrastructure based on layer 1-3.
- Service quality and
reliability: Services considered as being critical for health, economy,
industry, privacy, public supply of energy, etc. are today not treated on the
public Internet, but separately e.g. on dedicated network resources.
- Instantaneous and
protected access: The availability of communication resources, services and
content via public Internet often suffers from Cyber attacks, hardware
failures, protocol deficiencies, etc. resulting in unsustainable latencies or
even complete blackouts.
- Scalability: The
increase of the number of Internet users and the anticipated dramatic growth in
traffic volume over the next decade are posing huge challenges on the transport
networks with the need to provide the above mentioned features at sustainable
costs and energy. An obvious approach is currently not available.
The goal of the SASER research programme is to provide the
scientific, technical, and technological concepts and solutions for secure
transport networks in the 2020 time frame.
A European solution envisaged by SASER is based on the
strengths and expertise in security and high-speed optical transport networks to
overcome the bottlenecks and vulnerabilities of today’s electronic all-IP based
infrastructure. The envisaged European consortium combines leading equipment
providers, network operators, universities and research institutions and offers
the prerequisites for a successful development, implementation and standardisation
of the proposed solutions.
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