Security in virtualized infrastructures: A networking perspective

Presented by Dr. Ashraf Matrawy at the SERENE-RISC workshop 2017, April.

For economic, technical, and environmental reasons, there is a very strong trend towards virtualizing computing infrastructures and relying less on private computing infrastructures. This trend utilizes information infrastructures that are built using virtualization techniques while taking advantage of very rapid advances in networking technologies. In addition to the promise of cost reduction and higher resource utilization, this trend is expected to expedite the creation process of new computing services. This area is of tremendous importance to innovation in Canada. This talk explores the security of virtualized infrastructures from a computer networking perspective. The use of software to define and manage networks using SDN (Software Defined Networking) in these virtualized infrastructures is expected to have an impact on security. A brief overview of the state-of-the-art research in this area will be presented.

Dr. Ashraf Matrawy is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Technology at Carleton University. He leads the Next Generation Networks research group ( His main research interests are software defined networking, security of mobile networks, and security and privacy of the Internet of Things. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario. Dr. Matrawy also served as a consultant in industry and for government departments.


Running time approximately 20 Minutes.