EE380 Computer Systems Colloquium

Security and the Software Defined Network
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Gates B01
Phillip Porras (SRI International)
Abstract / Description: 

Modern networks are undergoing an exciting transition toward a paradigm of greater programmability and dynamic flow management. For the network security community, this transformation is opening attractive opportunities for more innovative forms of threat mitigation. It is also raising interesting challenges in how to reconcile our legacy notions of well-defined security policy enforcement. I will discuss some of the ongoing work toward securing software defined networks (SDNs), as well as some interesting new SDN-enabled security and management applications.


Phil Porras is a Program Director, an SRI Fellow, and leader of SRI's Internet Security Group in the Computer Science Laboratory at SRI International. SRI is an established leader in live Internet malware binary harvesting, malware binary static and dynamic analyses, and network-based malware infection analysis. Phil's group has strong alliances with the whitehat community, and maintains ongoing collaborations with the top INFOSEC researchers in academia and the private sector. He has been a Principal Investigator for many research projects sponsored by DARPA, DoD, DHS, NSF, NSA, commercial customers, and others. He has also led multi-organizational large-scale projects with mixed academic and commercial collaborators, led many advanced research projects, and have been highly productive in acquiring goverment, military, and commercial projects involving Cyber Security R&D. Phil is also an active researcher, publishing and conducting technology development in intrusion detection, alarm correlation, malware analysis, active networks, and wireless security. Previously, he was a manager in the Trusted Computer Systems Department of the Aerospace Corporation, where he was an experienced and trusted product evaluator for NSA (which includes security testing, risk assessment, and penetration testing of systems and networks). Phil has participated on numerous program committees, and editorial boards, and on multiple commercial company technical advisory boards. Phil holds 12 (a dozen) U.S. patents, and has been awarded Best Paper honors in 1995, 1999, and 2008.