Design and deployment of secure, robust, and resilient SDN Controllers

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The scale of the Software-Defined Network (SDN) Controller design problem has become apparent with the expansion of SDN deployments. Initial SDN deployments were small-scale, single controller environments for research and usecase testing. Today, enterprise deployments requiring multiple controllers are gathering momentum e.g. Google’s backbone network, Microsoft’s public cloud, and NTT’s edge gateway. Third-party applications are also becoming available e.g. HP SDN App Store. The increase in components and interfaces for the evolved SDN implementation increases the security challenges of the SDN controller design. In this work, the requirements of a secure, robust, and resilient SDN controller are identified, stateof-the-art open-source SDN controllers are analyzed with respect to the security of their design, and recommendations for security improvements are provided. This contribution highlights the gap between the potential security solutions for SDN controllers and the actual security level of current controller designs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication 2015 1st IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization (NetSoft)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-7898-4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015
EventIEEE Conference on Network Softwarization (NetSoft 2015) - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Apr 201517 Apr 2015


ConferenceIEEE Conference on Network Softwarization (NetSoft 2015)
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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