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Software-Defined Networking: Establishing Security, Privacy, and Trust in the Network

Call for Papers

In recent years, Software-Defined Networking (SDN) has attracted great interest from both academia and industry. The objective of this technology is to reduce costs by simplification, automation, and virtualization. SDN makes the customization of the networks easy, reduces the set-up time, and facilitates network deployment with a right quality of service. SDN promises to dramatically simplify network management and enable innovation through network programmability. While many efforts are currently being made to standardize this emerging paradigm, careful attention needs to be also paid to the security and privacy aspects of SDN.

SDN security needs to be built into the architecture and delivered as a service to protect the availability, integrity, and privacy of all connected resources and information. In SDN, network security can be enhanced by means of global visibility of the network state. For example, the logically centralized control plane can easily solve a conflict. However, the separation of the control and data planes opens security challenges, such as denial of service (DoS) attacks, man-in-the-middle attacks, and saturation attacks. In addition, the centralized controller is a high-profit target for an attacker; the northbound and southbound interfaces are vulnerable also to threats that could degrade the availability, performance, and integrity of the network.

The aim of the special issue is to present leading edge work concerning privacy protection issues, trust models, and security challenges in the field of Software Defined Networking.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Security modelling and threat in SDN
  • Software-defined security for SDN architecture
  • Trust models between third party applications and the controller in SDN
  • Traffic and resource isolation protocols for SDN
  • Privacy protection in SDN
  • Privacy policy framework for SDN
  • Establishment of trust models and trust boundaries in SDN
  • Interface Security protection on Application-Control Programming Interface A-CPI and I-CPI Identity management protocols for SDN users and components
  • Access control mechanisms for all components and users of SDN
  • Effective protocols for building authentication, authorization and accounting implementations in SDN
  • Security architectures for SDN
  • Security protocols for SDN
  • Privacy-preserving data mining for SDN
  • Information sharing and data protection in SDN
  • Cryptographic protocols against internal attacks in SDN
  • Risk management in SDN environments
  • Mechanisms to enforce privacy and trust in SDN
  • Energy/cost/efficiency of security in SDNs
  • Trust, reputation and policy management in SDNs
  • Privacy-preserving data access in SDNs

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 15 September 2017
Publication DateFebruary 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

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