Seminar - Security-focused networks with SDNFV

The seminar will be given by Sandra Scott-Hayward, PhD, Lecturer, Queen’s University Belfast, U.K., as part of the course "Trends in Communications."

  • Date: 11 October 2019 from 12:30 to 14:30

  • Event location: Room 5.4, School of Engineering, viale Risorgimento 2, Bologna


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About the speaker

Dr. Sandra Scott-Hayward received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Queen’s University Belfast, U.K., in 2009 and 2013, respectively, where she is currently a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) with the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and a member of the Centre for Secure Information Technologies. She began her career in industry, and became a Chartered Engineer in 2006, having worked as a Systems Engineer and Engineering Group Leader with Airbus. She has published a series of IEEE papers on performance and security designs for software-defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), and co-edited the book entitled Guide to Security in SDN and NFV—Challenges, Opportunities, and Applications (Springer, 2017).

Her research interests include the development of network security architectures and security functions for SDNs and NFV. She was a recipient of the Outstanding Technical Contributor and Outstanding Leadership Awards from the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) in 2015 and 2016, respectively. She has served on the TPC of numerous IEEE and ACM conferences. She was elected and served as the Vice-Chair of ONF Security Working Group from 2015 to 2017.


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. SDN and NFV are acknowledged as underpinning technologies for 5G deployments. However, even with SDN now over 10 years old, we have yet to fully exploit SDNFV-based security systems for scalable, analytics-based, security-focussed network orchestration and management. This talk will introduce research undertaken at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), Queen’s University Belfast on SDNFV security, present developments in the field, and discuss future research directions.