Scalable Network Security with SDNFV

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Speaker(s) : Sandra Scott-Hayward (Queen’s University Belfast)

Abstract: With the introduction of software-defined networks (SDNs) and network functions virtualization (NFV) come opportunities for efficient network threat detection and protection. SDN’s global view and NFV service distribution provide a means of monitoring and defence across the entire network. However, even with SDN now 10 years old, we have yet to overcome the challenges of SDNFV-based security systems to meet the scalability and resiliency requirements of large networks. This talk will introduce research undertaken at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), Queen’s University Belfast on SDNFV security and discuss future research directions. Bio: Dr. Sandra Scott-Hayward, CEng CISSP CEH, is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). She has experience in both research and industry, having worked as a Systems Engineer and Engineering Group Leader with Airbus before returning to complete her Ph.D. at QUB. In the Centre for Secure Information Technologies at QUB, Sandra leads research and development of network security architectures and security functions for software-defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). She has presented her research globally, has published a series of IEEE papers on performance and security designs for SDN/NFV, and has received a number of awards for her work. Sandra was elected Vice-Chair of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) Security Working Group and served as vice-chair from 2015 to 2017. She received Outstanding Technical Contributor and Outstanding Leadership awards from the ONF in 2015 and 2016, respectively.