ACM SIGCOMM 2018, Budapest, Hungary

ACM SIGCOMM 2018 Workshop on Security in Softwarized Networks: Prospects and Challenges (SecSoN 2018)

Call for Papers

The First Workshop on Security in Softwarized Networks: Prospects and Challenges (SecSoN) will be held in conjunction with ACM SIGCOMM 2018 in Budapest, Hungary, on August 20-24, 2018.

Operators and enterprises in general are increasingly moving towards a softwarization of their networks. Former dedicated network elements are virtualized and placed on commercial-off-the-shelf hardware. Technologies for softwarization are Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV). They allow for a more efficient management of the network. Whereas NFV replaces the tightly integrated middlebox appliances by flexible Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) running as software instances on standard servers, SDN enables a fine-granular and programmable selection and redirection of flows in the network. On one hand, this softwarization reduces the costs for network equipment. On the other hand, it broadens the attack surface as novel networking devices and protocols are deployed, which needs to be considered during the risk assessment. Especially due to their critical role within the softwarized management of the network, these devices and protocols are high ranked targets for potential attackers and thus, require extensive testing and hardening. In addition, the adaptation of these technologies in enterprise networks remains limited. This is due to the fact, that the integration of new technologies into an existing network infrastructure is a highly complex task, as the compatibility with systems such as network management and cloud management must be assured for production environments.

SecSoN 2018 will focus on the prospects and challenges of softwarized networking with particular attention to the following topics.

List of Topics

  • Securing softwarized network architectures and virtualized environments
  • Security for 5G, particularly secure network slicing and isolation
  • Integration of hardware security components in a softwarized world
  • Cognitive and automated network security management
  • Integration of programmable data planes and stateful data path solutions of security functions, e.g., firewalls, intrusion detection systems
  • SDN/NFV interface hardening
  • Pentesting and test automation in softwarized networks
  • Security considerations for placement and orchestration
  • Security monitoring of and with softwarized networks and threat analysis
  • Trust relationships between softwarized entities
  • Forensics, attack analysis and risk evaluation methods tailored to softwarized networks
  • Security events processing and configuration verification and validation

Submission Instructions

Submissions must be original, unpublished work, and not under consideration at another conference or journal. Submitted papers must be at most six (6) pages long, including all figures, tables, references, and appendices in two-column 10pt ACM format. Papers must include authors names and affiliations for single-blind peer reviewing by the PC. Authors of accepted papers are expected to present their papers at the workshop.

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Important Dates

  • March 18, 2018

    Abstract submission deadline

  • March 25, 2018

    Submission deadline

  • April 30, 2018

    Author notification


  • Workshop Chairs
  • Theophilus Benson

    Brown, USA

  • Pascal Bisson

    Thales, France

  • Rastin Pries

    Nokia, Germany

  • Thomas Zinner

    JMU, Germany

  • Program Committee Members
  • Joo Cho

    ADVA, Germany

  • Luciana Costa

    TIM, Italy

  • Oliver Hohlfeld

    RWTH, Germany

  • Thorsten Holz

    RUB, Germany

  • Wolfgang Hommel

    UniBw, Germany

  • Hongxin Hu

    Clemson, USA

  • Eric Keller

    CU, USA

  • Felix Klaedtke

    NEC, Germany

  • Piers O'Hanlon

    Oxford, UK

  • Aurojit Panda

    NYI, USA

  • Gregorio Martinez Perez

    UM, Spain

  • Stefan Schmid

    AAU, Denmark

  • Corinna Schmitt

    UZH, Switzerland

  • Peter Schneider

    Nokia, Germany

  • Sandra Scott-Hayward

    Queen's, UK

  • Seungwon Shin

    KAIST, South Korea

  • Paul Smith

    AIT, Austria

  • John Sonchack

    UPenn, USA

  • Jani Suomalainen

    VTT, Finland

  • Steve Uhlig

    QMUL, UK

  • Alexander von Gernler

    genua, Germany

  • Jean-Philippe Wary

    Orange, France

  • Vinod Yegneswaran

    SRI, USA

Contact the SecSon chairs