IEEE International Conference on Communications
9–13 June 2024 // Denver, CO, USA
Scaling the Peaks of Global Communications

Call For Papers

Call for papers

The Fourth International Workshop on

BlockSecSDN: Blockchain for Secure Software Defined Networking in Smart Communities

(in Conjunction with IEEE ICC 2024)

09 June – 13 June 2024, Denver, CO, USA +============================================================================+

Important Dates:

+ Paper Submission Deadline: January 20, 2024                         + Acceptance Notification: March 06, 2024

Link for submission: will be created soon 

Scope: The emergence of SDN technology helps to isolate the control plane from the data plane and solves the issues through network programmability. The SDN is a centralized approach and easily modify the network topology, and besides, maintain data consistency and interoperability among heterogeneous IoT devices with the help of automation. Although SDN technology performs resilient and reliable connections in the heterogeneous environment based on secure communication protocols designed by the network programmers still chances of security threats may occur as a single controller is handling the complete network infrastructure. With the widespread adoption of wireless sensors in smart communities, device-to-device communication is susceptible to security vulnerabilities and resulting in devastating attacks on the network controller. Nowadays, Blockchain, a distributed ledger, is often linked to the financial service industry due to the concept of its underlying inception and the success, i.e, bitcoin. But, it is a wrong conception to confine blockchain to only one vertical. Contrary to popular opinion, blockchain can be closely associated with security and thereon can transverse across all the industries and smart communities. The distributed ledger shifts focus from a single and centralized point of failure towards a complex and intertwined decentralized model. Under this umbrella, one possibility is the blockchain for Secure SDN, and large scale network enterprises are already investing and exploring this opportunity.

Topics include (but not limited to):

  • Security and privacy for innovative service delivery models.
  • Lightweight Cryptography in wireless sensors nodes for SDN security.
  • Quantum Cryptography in heterogeneous IoT devices for SDN security.
  • Blockchain for secure device-to-device communication in SDN.
  • Authentication, authorization, and access control for SDN security.
  • Blockchain for anomaly detection in smart communities.
  • Blockchain for secure integration of IoT and fog devices for SDN.
  • Intrusion detection and prevention system for SDN security.
  • Heterogeneous blockchain models and trustworthy architectures.
  • Blockchain for secure data storage and computing model in SDN.
  • Testbed and experimental components tailored to specific BlockSecSDN.
  • Blockchain for secure transaction management using SDN.
  • Deduplication architectures for blockchain-enabled cloud storage.

Workshop Organizers:

  • Dr. Gagangeet S Aujla, Durham University, UK Email:
  • Prof. Neeraj Kumar, Thapar University, India Email:
  • Prof. Harpreet S. Dhillon, Professor, Virginia Tech, USA Email ID:
  • Dr. Anish Jindal, Assistant Professor, Durham University, UK Email:


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