Software-Defined Network Security

Demirpolat A., Ergenç D., Öztürk E., Ayar Y., Onur E.

in: Enabling Technologies and Architectures for Next-Generation Networking Capabilities, Mahmoud Elkhodr, Editor, IGI GLOBAL, New-York, pp.232-253, 2018

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Publisher: IGI GLOBAL
  • City: New-York
  • Page Numbers: pp.232-253
  • Editors: Mahmoud Elkhodr, Editor
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The future networks are expected to lead a hyper-connected society with the promise of high social and economic value. The goal is to solve today's network problems and provide satisfactory security. Thus, the future networks require a flexible infrastructure that is secure against cyberattacks. Software defined networking (SDN) can be considered as one of the building blocks of upcoming networking technologies. In this chapter, first, the limitations of today's networks are presented. Then, solutions to secure the networks with SDN components are given. This concept is referred to as “SDN for Security.” While SDN facilitates securing networks in general, it introduces additional challenges, mainly, the vulnerabilities of the SDN components such as the controller have to be addressed. Security for SDN aims at securing SDN assets and is discussed in the sequel. After reading this chapter, readers will obtain a comprehensive overview of the limitations of traditional networks, such as how SDN overcomes those limitations and the security issues thereof.