SecSDN 2020: The IEEE International Workshop on Secure and Dependable Software-defined Networking for Sustainable Smart Communities
(in conjunction with IEEE GLOBECOM 2020 // 7-11 December 2020 // Taipei, Taiwan)
The Internet is transforming society to live in the digital age and keep the constituents up-to-date for a better outcome. The digital age is empowering users to adopt Internet-of-Things (IoTs) in various domains like smart homes, smart cities, smart industries, and even an intelligent transportation system. The connected hardware devices (sensors, actuators, gateways, smart meters, switch, and routers) generate and exchange data to enable fast communication among heterogeneous devices. The data is transported to the network through advanced wireless communication technologies and communicated among various domains such as a device to device, a device to cloud, or device to gateway. The IoT plays an important role in guaranteeing the services to the providers but the communication infrastructure is facing challenges in terms of high latency, cost, and energy consumption. Moreover, traditional networking is based on a manual approach, it becomes difficult to handle massive requests simultaneously on the data centres. The issues of interoperability, data consistency, and security are a big concern with traditional networking.
The beauty of SDN technology helps us to isolate the control plane from the data plane and solves the issues through network programmability. The SDN is a centralized approach and easily modify the network topology, and in addition, maintain data consistency and interoperability among heterogeneous IoT devices with the help of automation. Although SDN technology performs resilient and reliable connections in the heterogeneous environment based on secure communication protocols designed by the network programmers still chances of security threats may occur as a single controller is handling the complete network infrastructure. With the widespread adoption of wireless sensors in smart communities, device-to-device communication is susceptible to security vulnerabilities and resulting in devastating attacks on the network controller. The IoT is insecure as sensors may be infected by malware attack have subsequently comprised the control plane. Consequently, ensuring the security and privacy techniques may contribute to defend from security attacks and provide reliable services in smart communities. Moreover, the higher costs, overhead and complexity of traditional cryptographic primitives make it necessary to design lightweight and novel security solutions for SDN in smart communities. The amalgamation of multiple technologies in smart communities makes it further necessary to provide secure communication and computing paradigm.
Addressing the need for a flexible network architecture that adapts to the diverse requirement of end-users in smart communities, this workshop aims to serve as a platform for researchers from academia and industries, to promote the design and development of new ideas, tools and technologies related to Secure and Dependable SDN in Smart communities.
In light of the current pandemic situation, that has severely affected the entire world, there has been a surge of data traffic on the network and the communication backbone has to handle a wide range of attack vectors. So, we welcome the papers focusing on the application of SecSDN while designing effective solutions for handling COVID-19.
Submission: 15 July 2020
Notification: 1 September 2020
Camera Ready: 1 October 2020
Past successful workshops held:
- IEEE GLOBECOM 2018 Workshops: SDN:5G Software-defined networks for 5G architecture in smart communities, Abu Dhabi, UAE. [December 2018] LINK
- IEEE ICC 2019 Workshops: SecSDN: Secure and Dependable Software Defined Networking for Sustainable Smart Communities, China. [May 2019] LINK
- IEEE PiCOM 2019 Workshops: Secure and Sustainable Computing and Communication Technologies for Smart Communities, Japan. [August 2019] LINK
- IEEE ICC 2020 Workshops: SecSDN: Secure and Dependable Software Defined Networking for Sustainable Smart Communities, Ireland. [June 2020] LINK
- IEEE Infocom 2020 Workshops: BlockSecSDN: Blockchain for Secure Software-defined Networking in Smart Communities, Beijing, China. [July 2020] LINK
- IEEE WoWMoM 2020 Workshops: Soft Computing for Smart Cities, Cork, Ireland. [August 2020] LINK