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Indiana University to take lead in Defense Department effort securing software-defined networks


Indiana University
27 Jun 2013 Bloomington - The Department of Defense has awarded $910,000 to a team of computer security experts at Indiana University (IU) to study critical issues and vulnerabilities associated with software-defined networking, the next-generation open software interface for controlling the forwarding behaviour of networks. IU Bloomington School of Informatics and Computing professor L. Jean Camp will lead the team that also includes Martin Swany and Christopher Small. Martin Swany is an associate professor of computer science and director of IU's Indiana Center for Network Translational Research and Education, or InCNTRE, where Christopher Small is a network researcher.

Google and Facebook are just two companies using software-defined networks, in this case the network protocol OpenFlow. In 2011, IU opened a software-defined networking laboratory at InCNTRE to study how well OpenFlow products and the software-defined networking products from different vendors work together. The lab is currently the largest test bed for software-defined networking in the world.

"Google uses SDN networks for its data centres; their physical networks are secure, and everyone in the organisation is trusted", L. Jean Camp stated. "But like the Internet in the 1980s, the lack of technical security is a result of the organisational and economic environment, so avoiding the same vulnerabilities and trust failures that occur now in the current Internet for future software-defined Internet connections require understanding the security now."

SDN works by providing network administrators control over network traffic without physical access to the network's hardware, in turn simplifying networking, enhancing opportunities for network virtualization, improving efficiency of data transfer and allowing for fine-grained control over network forwarding behaviour. This is done by decoupling the control plane - the router component that decides where a data packet is sent and how it interacts with others based on path-determining algorithms - from the data plane, which has packet-forwarding nodes that move traffic to selected destinations.

"Next-generation networking will utilize software as much as hardware, and these resulting software-defined networks will have incredible potential", L. Jean Camp stated. "They can make networks more secure, more reliable and more manageable. However, if the security in these networks is not done well, attackers will take advantage of the same potential. That is, attacks could be more affordable, more reliable and easier to manage."

Analyzing possible vulnerabilities is a challenge when building resilience into a system that, on one hand, allows network operators and researchers to customize their own networks while, on the other hand, permitting modern computer science principles to build more dependable and functional networks. One of the primary charges of the new work will be to identify and illustrate the resolution of what Camp called "an exemplary security challenge" that would be essential to realizing the full potential for SDN.

"For example, a primary security issue is that since the control plane is no longer physically contained in a single device - it instead actually traverses the network - you've provided an additional attack surface", L. Jean Camp stated.

Using an OpenFlow network, the IU team will conduct threat modelling related to OpenFlow protocols like device authentication; to individual devices like switches, controllers and even participants; and to multi-controller environments, or the system as a whole.

Funding for the one-year project comes from the Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Source: Indiana University

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Primeur weekly 2013-07-08

Special

Exploiting parallelism on Titan to reach exascale performance, eventually ...

The Cloud

A virtual chef-nutritionist for old people ...

BRABUS draws on IBM to deliver stylish upgrades for automobiles, planes and yachts through the Cloud ...

New hardware design protects data in the cloud ...

Oracle enhances Cloud management with new third generation release of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c ...

Oracle announces general availability of Oracle Database 12c, the first database designed for the Cloud ...

New Oracle Database 12c innovations engineered with Oracle Storage Systems deliver next level of database-to-storage performance and efficiency ...

Rackspace and CERN openlab collaborate to deliver "Big Bang" with Hybrid Cloud ...

EuroFlash

Megware supercomputer at the University of Bayreuth secures TOP500 place ...

High Performance Computing facility to receive Government funding of 8 million euro ...

RSC supercomputers continue to lead in energy efficiency among Russian HPC systems in Green500 ...

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and Numascale AS to collaborate on improved memory systems for research ...

Bull launches the 2013 Bull-Joseph Fourier Prize, aimed at boosting the development of computer simulation ...

Kees Neggers honoured as an Internet Pioneer in the Internet Hall of Fame ...

World record in silicon integrated nanophotonics - More energy efficiency in the data communication ...

SURFnet and Russian Skoltech embark on joint e-Infrastructure project ...

USFlash

Parallella: an open source hardware project ...

Pleiades supercomputer to be augmented with next-generation SGI ICE-X systems ...

2014 Pennsylvania State Budget includes $500,000 for Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center ...

Senator Durbin leads dedication of new Mira supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory ...

Microscopy technique could help computer industry develop 3D components ...

Cyclica Inc. is awarded access to IBM's Blue Gene/Q supercomputer to repurpose FDA approved drugs ...

Texas Advanced Computing Center deploys 20PB Big Data hub using DataDirect Networks High-Performance Storage System ...

More of the world's TOP500 supercomputers trust DataDirect Networks for best analytics and simulation performance, scale and lowest TCO ...

Indiana University to take lead in Defense Department effort securing software-defined networks ...

Graphene-based system could lead to improved information processing ...

NSF and Mozilla announce breakthrough applications on a faster, smarter internet of the future ...

Titan completes acceptance testing ...