Traditional networks have been typically operated to guarantee a certain level of quality for the delivered services (QoS) in order to meet the Service Level Agreements (SLA) in place. Such a concept has been preserved for long and indeed has fuelled research in many different areas, such as routing, scheduling, network management, etc. This “QoS” flavour is being tuned to adopt recent needs and constraints mainly driven by new services and technologies, specific scenarios and the high level of dependability we all as finals users are shifting to the whole Internet. For example, specific scenarios, such as ehealth, critical infrastructures, or even more broadly, IoT, are certainly highly sensitive to the delivered quality but also to the provided security and privacy guarantees. Thus, new research avenues but also new business opportunities are opened up for the whole community to analyse main challenges inferred from such a complex scenario.
Security vs Quality in Critical Infrastructures Management: Searching for a Trade-off
Aligned to this context, the CIPSEC project () has recently organized its first workshop, putting specific focus on analysing security and quality demands for the particular critical infrastructures scenario. The workshop “Security vs Quality: A Dilemma for Critical Infrastructures Management”, has been collocated with the IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Quality of Service (IWQoS, http://iwqos2017.ieee-iwqos.org), a well-established conference in the QoS domain, in June 14, 2017 in the city of Vilanova i la Geltrú (Spain). The full day workshop started with two technical sessions dealing with hardware issues in CI devices attacks and novel security architectures for cloud-fog-edge scenarios respectively, followed by presentations from 4 ongoing EU research projects (mF2C, WISER, Shift2Rail and SMESEC) all active in the areas of security. The morning slot ended with 1 presentation introducing products and services brought in by the CIPSEC partners along with 7 presentations from CIPSEC project partners introducing existing tools and solutions for security provisioning in different areas. In the afternoon session the workshop organized an interesting panel, included in the main program of the IWQoS conference. The panel, “Security vs Quality in Critical Infrastructures Management: Searching for a trade-off”, brought together highly esteemed experts in the areas of security and QoS, including Dr. Jian-Ping Wang (City University of Hong-Kong), Admela Jukan (Technical university of Braunschweig), Javier Larrañeta (PESI-Tecnalia), Jorge Cuéllar (Siemens Germany), Rodrigo Diaz (Atos) and Xavi Masip (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya). More information about the workshop technical program may be found at /content/agenda-first-cipsec-workshop.