Seminar Security of Software Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualization (4 CP)

Controlling and managing networks using proprietary networking devices like switches and routers are time-consuming and cumbersome. For keeping the increased complexity manageable, Software Defined Networking (SDN) has been developed which decouples the control plane of the devices from the data plane by utilizing the principles of “abstraction” and “modularity”. Rather than deploying only hardware switches/routers which are time-consuming and costly, Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is a novel approach which complements SDN to create, deploy and maintain Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) for computing and communication, for example, vRouter, vFirewall, vEPC, vIMS, vIDS, vGateway. Towards this, several SDN and NFV platforms, tools, and architectures have already been developed and deployed.

The aim of this seminar is to analyze them for identifying the security threats (e.g., Spoofing, Tampering, Repudiation, Information disclosure, Denial of Service, Elevation of privilege) by using a pre-defined methodology.

In this seminar, the students will learn to

  •  follow a research methodology
  •  write their findings (6 – 8  pages using standard IEEE double column template)
  •  make a presentation (20 min)
  •  initiate a discussion (10 min)
  •  work independently (analyze a tool)
  •  exchange and discuss their findings


Seminar Topics

Analyzing and addressing the security aspects of SDN and NFV, focusing on:

  • SDN architectures (e.g., DICES, SDX, ClosedFlow)
  •  SDN security applications (e.g., SHIELD, DHCP Security)
  •  NFV-enabled security mechanisms (e.g., S-NFV, vTC)
  • SDN/NFV IoT applications (e.g., HOLA, SD Fabrics, SmartX-mini)-
  •  SDN routing applications (BaProSDN, SRSC, NDNFlow)
  • SDN security architectures (e.g., HoneyMix, HogMap, UNISAFE),
  • SDN controllers (e.g., Floodlight, POX, ZeroSDN, Pratyaastha)
  • SDN/NFV optical applications (e.g., SDO WAN, SOLuTIoN)
  • SDN cellular applications (e.g., OpenRadio, SoftRAN, SoftMoW)
  •  SDN content caching applications (e.g., OpenCache)
  • NFV cellular applications (e.g., Project Clearwater, C-RAN, Radio Visor)
  • SDN/NFV big data applications (e.g., FlowComb, Pythia, Hadoop Acceleration)
  • NFV telco applications (e.g., IMS, EPC)
  • SDN/NFV cloud applications (e.g., LoRaCloud)
  • SDN fog applications (e.g., NetFATE)
  • SDN WiFi applications (e.g., Odin, OpenWiFi, OpenRoads, OpenRF)
  • SDN data center applications (e.g., PACAO, SCLP, NUMFabric, ProjecToR)
  •  SDN energy applications (e.g., SAVE)
  •  NFV energy applications (e.g., GREENPEACE, CPRI)
  • SDN/NFV applications for industrial control system (DSSnet, Pulse-SDN)
  •  SDN/NFV middleware applications (MIDAS, CliMB, Middlepipex)
  • SDN control plane management applications (e.g., FRACTAL)
  •  SDN monitoring applications (e.g., OF2NF, SDN-RADAR, lteFlow, OFMon, FlowInsight)
  • NFV placement applications (e.g., LightChain, vConductor)
  • NFV deployment and orchestration applications (e.g., E-State, TeNOR, OpenNetVM)
  • NFV service chaining, migration, and scheduling applications
  • NFV platform (e.g., OpenStack, CloudBand, CloudNFV, OpenBox, OpenNF, OpenNFV, vCloud)
  • SDN social network applications (e.g., Social SDN)



You can register only via TUCaN

Kick-off meeting

Date: 26.10.2016 (Wednesday), Time: 4 pm

Place: Fraunhofer SIT, Rheinstr. 75 (Room: Dresden)


Dr.-Ing. Rahamatullah Khondoker
Room: A 1.03 Fraunhofer SIT
Rheinstr. 75
Telephone: 06151/869251
E-Mail: Rahamatullah Khondoker


SIT Research Group

Security in Information Technology

Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik

Prof. Dr. Michael Waidner

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