SDN Dynamic Controller Configuration to Mitigate Compromised Controllers

Ryan Delany, Andrew Smith, Yan Li, Liang Du

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Security of Supervisory Control and Data Acqui-sition (SCADA) network is essential for the Naval shipboard systems. Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is introduced in this paper towards security, which is configured with a controller or multiple controllers that are given total control over the network. This design makes it flexible to control the SD N framework. While the fact that these controllers are responsible for managing software-defined networks, it also makes the network vulnerable to the circumstance in which a controller is compromised. This necessitates a dynamic controller configuration that allows an SDN network to be able to defend itself against a threat that is attempting to or successful in compromising a controller. In order to accomplish this, the SDN network requires multiple controllers and the ability to detect and shift network control to another controller in case one becomes compromised. An SDN with a dynamic controller configuration is introduced in this paper to allow the network to remain resilient if an attacker is to compromise a controller and also if a controller were to fail. Dynamic SDN controller configuration is driven by the multi-controller configuration and methods for detecting and responding to attacks. Specifically, these methods are practical in the Mininet environment to ensure the security of Naval SCADA networks but are applicable to most SDN applications. Dynamic controller configuration adds an extra layer of network security to SD N and alleviates a controller from becoming a single point of failure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2023 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo, ITEC 2023
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9798350397420
StatePublished - 2023
Event2023 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo, ITEC 2023 - Detroit, United States
Duration: Jun 21 2023Jun 23 2023

Publication series

Name2023 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo, ITEC 2023


Conference2023 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo, ITEC 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Transportation
  • Control and Optimization

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