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RIGOUROUS Newsletter 3

    September 2023


    Project Highlights

    The project progressed with several parallel fronts in pursuit of the RIGOUROUS Vision. A key work developed during this period was the definition of requirements for the RIGOUROUS solutions.

    The project produced a requirements analysis report describing the RIGOUROUS in-depth analysis of the needs, related to the functional and non-functional characteristics of the framework. These are correlated to the high-level functional architecture that will subsequently be used to define the underlying technical architecture. Requirements and specifications were collected based on expert and stakeholder judgement, by means of conference calls, in-person plenary meetings and offline assessments. Preliminary discussions of use cases, the state of the art of the technology components and assets, part of the RIGOUROUS framework, have enabled a granular and comprehensive collection of requirements. The methodology, chosen for the definition of the requirements, was clearly defined and applied during this period.

    Overall functional definition methodology

    The functional and non-functional requirements collected consider the needs, assumptions and constraints and are correlated with the functional components. Via the functional components, they are also correlated with the use cases. As a result, the requirements will be used as input to the other work packages, along with the high-level design.

    The architecture will support the framework’s aims to deliver an intelligent, autonomous, and cloud-native service orchestration platform for designing, developing, testing, and integrating interactive next-generation services deployed over AI-driven 6G networks. It aims to adopt a formal DevSecOps model to assess, check, and guarantee the security and privacy of network applications, functions, services in B5G/6G.

    The overall functional architecture of RIGOUROUS consists of the various functional components, to be developed, integrated, tested and validated according to the requirements captured from the consortium members, and mapped to the Use-Cases Scenarios. The Use-Cases were chosen and developed to validate the functionalities of RIGOUROUS.

    By design, the RIGOUROUS architecture prioritizes security, privacy, trust in 6G networks, enabling automated conflict detection and authentication. In terms of operations, there are several components such as the cognitive decision, orchestration and management plane, the monitoring plane and the reaction plane. These planes are set up on top of a vertical infrastructure to enable multidomain and multitenant IoT-Edge-Core smart-services. At the infrastructure level, RIGOUROUS handles B5G IoT device bootstrapping using AI security orchestration, ensuring unauthorized access detection, zero-touch credential bootstrapping and trusted application onboarding.

    At the same time, the work progressed with the identification of the specific use cases, as well as with the design plan of the multi-domain automated security orchestration, trust-management, and deployment, and with the design plan of the AI-driven anomaly detection, decision and mitigation framework. These actions will produce results until Month 12, and will be showcased in the next newsletter.

    What happened recently

    • Chafika Benzaïd et all published the work “FortisEDoS: A Deep Transfer Learning-empowered Economical Denial of Sustainability Detection Framework for Cloud-Native Network Slicing”, at the IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, 10.1109/TDSC.2023.3318606
    • Deliverable 2, System Requirements Analysis Report, was produced by the project partners
    • Several other deliverables are under active development, with release planned for December 2023.

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