Cloud Computing Security: What Changes with Software-Defined Networking?

  • Maurício Tsugawa
  • Andréa Matsunaga
  • José A. B. Fortes


Broadly construed, Software-Defined Networking (SDN) refers to the use of a standards-based open architecture and its supporting open source and open interfaces technologies to enable the deployment, management, and operation of networks. While traditional network management relies on vendor-specific hardware, protocols, and software, SDN systems are architected to have well-defined control and data planes offering flexible management interfaces. The enhanced control enabled by SDN opens opportunities for better cloud security engineering. At the same time, new vulnerabilities are potentially exposed as new technologies are introduced. This chapter discusses how SDN impacts cloud security, and potential risks that need to be addressed when SDN is deployed within and across clouds.


Cloud Provider Simple Network Management Protocol Network Administrator Medium Access Control Address Network Hardware 
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This work is supported in part by National Science Foundation (NSF) grants No. 0910812, 1139707, 1240171 and the AT&T Foundation. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF, and AT&T Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maurício Tsugawa
    • 1
  • Andréa Matsunaga
    • 1
  • José A. B. Fortes
    • 1
  1. 1.Advanced Computing and Information Systems Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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