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Laboratory for Research in Critical Infrastructure Cyber-security - CIClab

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The Laboratory for Research in Critical Infrastructure Cyber-security at the University of Leon has been designed to allow flexibility in experimentation related to the security of specific elements, communication networks and configurations in control and monitoring systems. To comply with this aim, this laboratory, funded by the national subprogram for scientific and technical infrastructures, includes technologies at the field, control and monitoring levels which commonly used in four sectors: industry, energy management, automation of buildings and smart cities. The diversity of the equipment and the flexibility provided by the management tools allow the deployment of different configurations that simulate real situations in control systems of critical infrastructures. Specifically, it is possible to create configurations that use essentially any standard domain-oriented communication protocol at the different levels of automation of industrial, energy and building control systems. The users of the laboratory also have access to widely used control and monitoring technologies. In addition, the laboratory has the necessary elements for conducting vulnerability analysis, traffic analysis, intrusion tests, etc., at different points of the control network, either locally or remotely. These characteristics allow the laboratory to be used for research, technology assessment or hands-on training. The laboratory is managed by the SUPPRESS research group at the University of León, with broad experience in control and monitoring systems both from the point of view of training and research, as well as in its practical application in real installations. With regard to training, this research laboratory is also complemented by a parallel remote training laboratory managed by the research group.
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Access for research and tests at real facilities

Remote and/or physical access to real industrial installations, in order to carry out research tasks and tests.


Expert advice on implementing industrial environments, technological platforms giving access to industrial environments, securing industrial environments, etc.

Cybersecurity assessments

Component security and/or industrial systems assessments: audits, vulnerability scanning, intrusion testing, etc.

Specialised training

Training services in Industrial environment, IT environments, securing of industrial environments, etc.

Access for research and tests at pilot plant

Remote and/or physical access to pilot plants and industrial process models, in order to carry out research tasks and tests.

Automation and control technologies

Physical components involved in process control. For example: Controllers, PLCs, RTUs, PC Industrial, Robots, Drivers, etc.

Field technologies - Models and pilot plants

Pilot plants, models and elements which implement real processes in the laboratory.

Field technologies - Real installations

Real installations which the laboratory gives access to. For example: energy supervision systems, climate supervision and control systems, etc.

Field technologies - Teaching equipment

Material or equipment designed to facilitate the learning process of a determined subject. For example: training simulators, panels, trainers, modular devices, etc.

Monitoring technologies

Physical components involved in process supervision and data concentration and cleaning so they can then be sent to the next levels. For example: SCADA systems, storage servers, HMIs, etc.


Other physical components

Monitoring tools

Software tools used to monitor processes carried out in the laboratory. For example: WinCC, Vijeo Citect, and the laboratory´s own monitoring tools.

Simulation tools

Simulation tools of real components inside an industrial architecture. For example: network simulators, operation level components simulators, monitoring level components simulators, control level components simulators, field level components simulators, etc.

Software for the management an use of the physical component

Software tools used to manage, programme and configure the laboratory´s physical components. For example: Simatic-S7, Unity Pro, LabVIEW, etc.

Tools for communications management

Software tools used for managing laboratory communications (VPNs,...).