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

Articles in journals

  • I. Ahmad, S. Shahabuddin, T. Kumar, J. Okwuibe, A. Gurtov and M. Ylianttila, "Security for 5G and Beyond," in IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, 2019. (Impact factor 22.97, JuFo 2)
  • Porambage, J. Okwuibe, M. Liyanage, M. Ylianttila, T. Taleb, "Survey on Multi-Access Edge Computing for Internet of Things Realization", to appear in the IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, 2018. (Impact factor 22.97, JuFo 2)
  • I. Ahmad, T. Kumar, J. Okwuibe, M. Liyanage, M. Ylianttila, A. Gurtov, "Overview of 5G Security Challenges and Solutions", IEEE Communications Standards Magazine, Vol.2, Issue 1, pp. 36-43, 2018. (JuFo 1)
  • 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, JuFo 2)
  • 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, JuFo 2)

Articles in conference proceedings

  • T. Hewa, A. Braeken, M. Ylianttila, M. Liyanage, "Blockchain-based Automated Certificate Revocation for 5G IoT ", to appear in IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2020, Dublin, Ireland, June 2020
  • T. Hewa, G. Gur, A. Kalla, A. Braeken, M. Ylianttila, M. Liyanage, "The Role of Blockchain in 6G: Challenges, Opportunities and Research Directions ", to appear in 6G Wireless Summit 2020, Levi, Finland, March 2020
  • T. Hewa, A. Kalla, A. Nag, M. Ylianttila, M. Liyanage, "Blockchain for 5G and IoT: Opportunities and Challenges ", to be appear in The 8th IEEE International Conference on Communications and Networking ( IEEE ComNet'2020), Hammamet, Tunisia, March 2020
  • P. Porambage, Y. Miche, A. Kalliola, M. Liyanage, M. Ylianttila, "Secure Keying Scheme for Network Slicing in 5G Architecture", proceedings of IEEE CSCN, Granada, Spain, October 2019.
  • A. Rajakaruna, P. Porambage, A. Manzoor, M. Liyanage, A. Gurtov, M. Ylianttila, "Enabling End-to-End Secure Connectivity for Low-Power IoT Devices with UAVs", 2nd Workshop on Intelligent Computing and Caching at the Network Edge at IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC), April 2019.
  • P. Porambage, A. Manzoor, M. Liyanage, A. Gurtov, M. Ylianttila, "Managing Mobile Relays for Secure E2E Connectivity of Low-Power IoT Devices" 16th IEEE Annual Consumer Communications & Networking Conference (CCNC), 2019.
  • M. Liyanage, J. Salo, A. Braeken, T. Kumar, S. Seneviratne, M. Ylianttila, "5G Privacy: Scenarios and Solutions", Accepted in 2018 IEEE 5G World Forum (5GWF), California, USA, July 2018.
  • 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