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Re: CFP: Workshop on GENI and Security, January 22-23, 2009, Davis, California, USA


                       Workshop on GENI and Security

                             January 22-23, 2009

                            Davis, California, USA

The Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) is a suite of

research infrastructures now in its design and prototyping phase. It is

sponsored by the National Science Foundation to support experimental
research in

network science and engineering.

The goal of this workshop is to engage the security community in
GENI's design

and prototyping, to ensure that security issues are properly
considered during

its development.

First, what classes of security experiments should GENI support? What

capabilities will GENI require to allow the conduct of these
experiments? The

capabilities may be intrinsic to GENI (such as equipment or software
of a

particular kind) or extrinsic (such as organizational management, or

interfaces and connectivity). Experiments involving malware or

analysis may require that parts of the infrastructure suite be
partitioned from

other parts. Deploying and testing new protocols may require that the
suite be

partitioned to prevent errors in the implementation or in the protocol

from interfering with other uses of the infrastructure.

Second, how can GENI itself be adequately secured and protected from

What forms of authentication, authorization, and accountability would
be most

appropriate? As access to GENI will be from the Internet, GENI will be

to potential attackers. Other types of attack may involve physical
compromise of

the systems making up GENI, or of the Internet (or other)
infrastructure that

provides support for GENI. Protocols, management and organizational

and processes, and access control mechanisms must be developed to
safeguard both

the GENI resource and the data and software that researchers deploy on

As the GENI Project Office expects to issue its 2nd solicitation for

analysis and prototyping subcontracts in the middle of December, with

due in mid-February, it is anticipated that topics discussed at the

will lead to proposals from the security community.

Participation. We invite short (1 paragraph preferably; at most 1 page)

statements of ideas addressing these two issues. For example, what

related experiments would you like to run on GENI, and what benefit
would you

expect from them? What constraints or requirements would you need to
carry out

the experiments? How can we shield other experiments and work being
done using

GENI from the effects of your (or others?) experiments? How can we
prevent GENI

from being attacked? The workshop is designed to discuss these, and


The GENI System Overview (http://www.geni.net/docs/GENISysOvrvw092908.pdf

provides an overview of the GENI system design. The GENI Spiral 1

(http://www.geni.net/docs/GENIS1Ovrvw092908.pdf) discusses the first
phase of

GENI prototyping. More information on GENI is available at the GENI
web site


Submission Information. Submit your statement to geni-workshop@cs.ucdavis.edu

December 18. Please use either PDF or text. The steering committee
will evaluate

the responses, and notify senders of the results, by December 22.

Travel. Limited travel support is available, so please indicate in your

submission whether you require assistance. This will not be a factor in

selecting participants.

Web Site. For up-to-date information about the workshop, please visit

workshop web site at http://seclab.cs.ucdavis.edu/meetings/genisec.

Steering Committee.

Matt Bishop, co-chair, UC Davis

Chip Elliott, co-chair, BBN

Heidi Picher Dempsey, BBN

Suzanne Iacono, NSF

Karl Levitt, NSF
Taieb Znati, NSF

Others to be added