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Security and Communication Networks
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 8575842, 9 pages
Research Article

ABS-TrustSDN: An Agent-Based Simulator of Trust Strategies in Software-Defined Networks

1Department of Computer Science and Engineering of Systems, Escuela Universitaria Politécnica de Teruel, University of Zaragoza, c/Atarazana 2, 44003 Teruel, Spain
2Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Aragón, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain

Correspondence should be addressed to Iván García-Magariño

Received 28 July 2017; Accepted 6 September 2017; Published 11 October 2017

Academic Editor: Huaizhi Li

Copyright © 2017 Iván García-Magariño and Raquel Lacuesta. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Software-defined networks (SDNs) have become a mechanism to separate the control plane and the data plane in the communication in networks. SDNs involve several challenges around their security and their confidentiality. Ideally, SDNs should incorporate autonomous and adaptive systems for controlling the routing to be able to isolate network resources that may be malfunctioning or whose security has been compromised with malware. The current work introduces a novel agent-based framework that simulates SDN isolation protocols by means of trust and reputation models. This way, SDN programmers may estimate the repercussions of certain isolation protocols based on trust models before actually deploying the protocol into the network.