A Framework for Real-Time Intrusion Response in Software Defined Networking Using Precomputed Graphical Security Models

Taehoon Eom, Jin Hong, Seongmo An, Jong Sou Park, Dong Seong Kim

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Software defined networking (SDN) has been adopted in many application domains as it provides functionalities to dynamically control the network flow more robust and more economical compared to the traditional networks. In order to strengthen the security of the SDN against cyber attacks, many security solutions have been proposed. However, those solutions need to be compared in order to optimize the security of the SDN. To assess and evaluate the security of the SDN systematically, one can use graphical security models (e.g., attack graphs and attack trees). However, it is difficult to provide defense against an attack in real time due to their high computational complexity. In this paper, we propose a real-time intrusion response in SDN using precomputation to estimate the likelihood of future attack paths from an ongoing attack. We also take into account various SDN components to conduct a security assessment, which were not available when addressing only the components of an existing network. Our experimental analysis shows that we are able to estimate possible attack paths of an ongoing attack to mitigate it in real time, as well as showing the security metrics that depend on the flow table, including the SDN component. Hence, the proposed approach can be used to provide effective real-time mitigation solutions for securing SDN.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7235043
Number of pages15
JournalSecurity and Communication Networks
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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