SecureConnect: Secure Connectivity of Future Cyber-Physical Systems

Project description

SECURE Connect project will solve the Industrial Internet and future Cyber Physical System challenges by achieving following objectives:

  • Assessment of Security strengths and weaknesses in current cyber-physical communication systems and derivation of potential points for improvement especially by using SDN and NFV concepts
  • Identification of possible security attacks future cyber-physical networks and how they can be detected and prevented.
  • Specify achievable and relevant scenarios and use-cases for coexistence, cooperation and integration of SDN and NFV based techniques and cloud-service based solutions within cyber-physical systems, for network security.
  • Research on economically viable security techniques and protocols for cyber-physical networks and Customization of identified security techniques and protocols to use in future cyber-physical networks.
  • Design Secure and scalable communication architecture for future cyber-physical networks based on emerging SDN and NFV technologies

Project coordinator

University of Oulu

Project results

Selected publications:

  • M. Liyanage, I. Ahmed, J. Okwuibe, M. Ylianttila, H. Kabir, J. Santos, R. Kantola, O. Perez, M. Itzazelaia, E. Montes de Oca, "Enhancing Security of Future Software Defined Mobile Networks", IEEE Access, Vol. 5, pp. 9422-9438, 2017. (Impact factor 3.244)
  • M. Liyanage, A, Braeken, A. Jurcut, M. Ylianttila, A. Gurtov, "Secure Communication Channel Architecture for Software Defined Mobile Networks", Elsevier Computer Networks, Vol. 114, pp. 32-50, 2017. (Impact factor 2.516)
  • M. Liyanage, M. Dananjaya, J. Okwuibe, M. Ylianttila, "SDN based Operator Assisted Offloading Platform for Multi-Controller 5G Networks" , in 23th IEEE International Symposium on Local and Metropolitan Area Networks (LANMAN), Osaka, Japan, June 2017
  • M. Liyanage, M. Ylianttila, A. Gurtov, "Software Defined VPLS Architectures: Opportunities and Challenges", in IEEE 28th Annual International Symposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC 2017), Montreal, Canada , October 2017
  • M. Liyanage, J. Okwuibe, I. Ahmed, M. Ylianttila, O. Pérez, M. Itzazelaia, E. de Oca, "Software Defined Monitoring (SDM) for 5G Mobile Backhual Networks", in 23th IEEE International Symposium on Local and Metropolitan Area Networks (LANMAN), Osaka, Japan, June 2017
  • I. Ahmad, S. Namal, M. Ylianttila and A. Gurtov, "Towards software defined cognitive networking," New Technologies, Mobility and Security (NTMS), 2015 7th International Conference on, Paris, 2015, pp. 1-5. doi: 10.1109/NTMS.2015.7266528

Doctoral theses:



  • PI Prof. Mika Ylianttila, University of Oulu
  • PI Prof. Tuomas Aura, Aalto University

International collaborators

  • Prof. Andrei Gurtov, Linköping University

Research groups

  • CWC-NS Networks and Systems
  • CWC-Verkot ja Järjestelmät


Mika Ylianttila

Associate professor (tenure track)
Madhusanka Liyanage

Madhusanka Liyanage

Adjunct Professor - Docent