Rethinking Deep Packet Inspection Design and Deployment in the era of SDN and NFV

Hanan Mustapha, Soufiene Djahel, Phillip Perry, Zonghua Zhang

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Abstract

With the advent of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), the design and deployment of DPI (Deep Packet Inspection) must be reconsidered. The programmability, global visibility and centralized control of SDN, as well as the NFV enabled lightweight service creation and migration, have potential to empower the capability of DPI tools. On the other hand, dynamic environments make the deployment of DPI challenging. Although it has been validated that some security functions like firewall, and Intrusion Detection System (IDS) can be implemented in SDN controllers or NFV, it remains unclear whether or not DPI can be done in the similar way considering its sophisticated interactions with the network traffic packets, especially for the stateful protocols and encrypted traffic. In other words, the design and deployment of DPI in an SDN and NFV architecture would not be as straightforward. Therefore, this paper aims to shed the light on the challenges facing DPI design and deployment in the context of SDN and NFV and propose a solution to overcome them.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE 23rd International Conference on High Performance Computing and Communications, 7th International Conference on Data Science and Systems, 19th International Conference on Smart City and 7th International Conference on Dependability in Sensor, Cloud and Big Data Systems and Applications, HPCC-DSS-SmartCity-DependSys 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1505-1514
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781665494571
ISBN (Print)9781665494588
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2022
Externally publishedYes
Event2021 IEEE 23rd Int Conf on High Performance Computing & Communications; 7th Int Conf on Data Science & Systems; 19th Int Conf on Smart City; 7th Int Conf on Dependability in Sensor, Cloud & Big Data Systems & Application (HPCC/DSS/SmartCity/DependSys) - Virtual, China
Duration: 20 Dec 202122 Dec 2021

Conference

Conference2021 IEEE 23rd Int Conf on High Performance Computing & Communications; 7th Int Conf on Data Science & Systems; 19th Int Conf on Smart City; 7th Int Conf on Dependability in Sensor, Cloud & Big Data Systems & Application (HPCC/DSS/SmartCity/DependSys)
Country/TerritoryChina
Period20/12/2122/12/21

Keywords

  • Deep Packet Inspection
  • NFV
  • SDN

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems and Management
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Information Systems
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Instrumentation
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications

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