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Securing SDN and NFV Enabled Campus Environments through Orchestration and Automation

Time 09/26/16 02:50PM-03:10PM

Room Trianon

Session Abstract

SDN and NFV solutions have emerged as viable, robust replacements for traditional networks across the campus. SDN and NFV enabled campus environments have moved past a single vendor implementation and require a multi-vendor hardware and software solution that is tightly coupled through standardized APIs to provide a complete end-to-end orchestrated solution. While these solutions are establishing themselves within campus networks, security is a rising concern. One method to maintain a high-level of security within these emerging SDNs is to use cloaking technology. If the control plane is compromised the entire network is compromised; however if the attacker is unable to use reconnaissance tools to even determine a controller exists on the network then the attack is mitigated before it even begins. From the data plane perspective there needs to be a proactive method of ensuring the network is secure and prevent vulnerabilities from being exploited. Automating a network detection and prevention mechanism using NFV is demonstrated to mitigate attacks before they escalate to a network failure. Using an orchestration engine, NFV appliances, SDN-enabled L1-L3 hardware, standardized APIs and custom programming developed by the Marist SDN Innovation Lab we demonstrate the tightly coupled orchestration of a secure campus environment.


Speaker Robert Cannistra Marist College

Presentation Media

Primary track Advanced Networking

Secondary tracks Information Security

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