ACE Seminar: Design for deployment of Secure, Robust, and Resilient Software-Defined Networks

Speaker: Sandra Scott-Hayward

Date/Time: 21-May-2015, 15:00 UTC

Venue: MPEB 1.02



As is the norm with revolutionary technologies, security was rarely mentioned in the initial discussions around Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). However, since the SDN/NFV hype has died down to make way for real deployments, the question of security is rising on the agenda. This talk will highlight both the key benefits for network security and the lesser known security vulnerabilities introduced by the SDN architecture and the NFV use-cases. Research solutions to overcome the security challenges and capitalize on the new network architecture for improved network security will be presented. Specific examples for application and control layer security will be discussed.


Sandra Scott-Hayward is a Senior Engineer in the Network Security research group at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), Queen’s University Belfast. She has experience in both research and industry, having worked as a Systems Engineer and Engineering Group Leader with Airbus before returning to complete her Ph.D. at Queen’s University Belfast. At CSIT, Sandra leads research and development of network security architectures and protocols for software-defined networks (SDN). Sandra is a Research Associate of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) and actively participates in the ONF Security Working Group. She received an Outstanding Technical Contributor Award from the ONF in February 2015.

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