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Security in the Wild
May/June 2011 (vol. 15 no. 3)
pp. 86-91
Stephen Farrell, Trinity College Dublin

A team from Trinity College Dublin and Intel Labs Europe deployed a delay-tolerant network (DTN) in remote areas of the Swedish mountains for six weeks during the summer of 2010. The network provided Web and email access for reindeer herders working 20 to 50 kilometers away from any power or communications infrastructure. Although this was definitely a less threatening environment than most Internet deployments face, the team still needed to address several security issues. In fact, such a network deployment is useful to analyze because the security problem is more bounded and hence easier to understand. This deployment's security aspects might also be useful for other researchers to consider when transitioning technology from the lab to the real world.

1. K. Fall and S. Farrell, "DTN: An Architectural Retrospective," IEEE J. Selected Areas of Communication, vol. 26, no. 5, 2008, pp. 828–836.
2. S. Farrell and V. Cahill, Delay and Disruption Tolerant Networking, Artech House, 2006.
3. K. Scott and S. Burleigh, Bundle Protocol Specification, IETF RFC 5050, Nov. 2007; www.rfc-editor.org/rfcrfc5050.txt.
4. S. Symington et al., "Bundle Security Protocol Specification," IETF Internet draft, work in progress, Mar. 2011.

Index Terms:
DTN security, network experimentation
Citation:
Stephen Farrell, "Security in the Wild," IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 86-91, May-June 2011, doi:10.1109/MIC.2011.67
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