Keyword-driven security test automation of Customer Edge Switching (CES) architecture

K. C. Amir, Ana Goulart, Raimo Kantola

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Customer Edge Switching (CES) is an experimental Internet architecture that provides reliable and resilient multi-domain communications. It provides resilience against security threats because domains negotiate inbound and outbound policies before admitting new traffic. As CES and its signalling protocols are being prototyped, there is a need for independent testing of the CES architecture. Hence, our research goal is to develop an automated test framework that CES protocol designers and early adopters can use to improve the architecture. The test framework includes security, functional, and performance tests. Using the Robot Framework and STRIDE analysis, in this paper we present this automated security test framework. By evaluating sample test scenarios, we show that the Robot Framework and our CES test suite have provided productive discussions about this new architecture, in addition to serving as clear, easy-to-read documentation. Our research also confirms that test automation can be useful to improve new protocol architectures and validate their implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2016 8th International Workshop on Resilient Networks Design and Modeling, RNDM 2016
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4673-9023-1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventInternational Workshop on Resilient Networks Design and Modeling - Halmstad, Sweden
Duration: 13 Sept 201615 Sept 2016
Conference number: 8


WorkshopInternational Workshop on Resilient Networks Design and Modeling
Abbreviated titleRNDM


  • keyword-driven testing
  • protocol validation
  • Robot Framework
  • security
  • STRIDE analysis
  • test automation


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