Given the interdependencies and scale of the possible disruptions, addressing the risks of our critical infrastructure (CI) requires a holistic approach. A testbed is a platform where operators and manufacturers can test their hardware and software in a protected simulation environment. Also referred to as a “Sandbox”, a testbed is an isolated testing ground where components can be tested for vulnerabilities.
The creation of a multi-sector testbed will bring economic benefits in terms of prevention of data loss, in the prevention of disruptions and in saving costs by sharing the expenses. Moreover, the resilience of alternate architectures can be assessed in practice with a testbed. Another function of the testbed is knowledge exchange. Knowledge exchange of the different known vulnerabilities will provide CI companies with patches and updates to the latest threats to their equipment, thus creating more resilient and safe CI.