Blessing or curse? Revisiting security aspects of Software-Defined Networking

Lisa Schehlmann, Sebastian Abt, Harald Baier
2014 10th International Conference on Network and Service Management (CNSM) and Workshop  
Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is an emerging technology, physically separating data and control planes of network devices. From a security point of view SDN has two sides. First, it enables network security functions by design, because traffic flows can be redirected or filtered based on packet content or application layer state -functionality, which to date requires additional network security devices like firewalls, intrusion detection systems or spam filters in conventional networks. On
more » ... he other hand, due to physical separation of planes, SDN possibly offers additional attack vectors compared to traditional network architectures, which may severely impact overall network availability as well as confidentiality, authenticity, integrity and consistency of network traffic and control data. In this paper, we discuss and balance security provided by SDN with security threats of SDN also in respect of traditional networks. We develop an evaluation methodology for both sides and show that from a security point of view SDN is a blessing for today's and future network design and operation.
doi:10.1109/cnsm.2014.7014199 dblp:conf/cnsm/SchehlmannAB14 fatcat:5imxrrbbqng3dnewdxt4rzfhna