Securing the optical network infrastructure: A tutorial

Marija Furdek, Assistant Professor, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

Optical networks are critical communication infrastructure supporting a wide range of vital societal services. As such, they make an attractive target of attacks aimed at exploiting physical layer vulnerabilities to disrupt services. In this tutorial, we analyze security vulnerabilities pertinent to optical network infrastructure and review machine-learning-based techniques for physical-layer security management. The use of these techniques is demonstrated on an experimental dataset, showcasing quasi-real-time detection, identification, and localization of security breaches. The tutorial discusses benefits, limitations, practical implications and open challenges in physical-layer security management of evolving optical networks.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 20 December 2022 Acceptance notification: 10 March 2023 Camera ready submission: 20 March 2023 Conference date: 08-11 May 2023

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Digital-twin of physical-layer as enabler for open and disaggregated optical networks

Vittorio Curri, Full Professor, Department of Electronics and Telecommunications, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Physical layer in optical networks is a set of transparent optical circuits – lightpaths – that has been extensively shown as reliably approximated  by additive white and Gaussian noise channels affected by the ASE noise from amplifiers and the nonlinear interference (NLI) from the Kerr effect. While coherent transceiver can be effectively modeled by the back-to-back characterization. We will first address the physics behind such approximation including also the statistical impairments due the PMD, PDL and filtering penalties, and other uncertainties. Then, we will show how the digital twin that integrate transmission impairment models of all network elements can be exploited to reliably evaluate QoT, latency and energy consumption on the topology. Finally, we will address the use of the digital twin as vendor neutral planning tool for disaggregated infrastructure and as on-line service  in the multi-layer hierarchical controller fully abstracting the physical layer for the optical device controller separated from the optical circuit development, so enabling multivendor networks with independent optical data transport and infrastructure control. We will also comments on th synergistic use of AI&ML techniques assisting the digital twin.

Disaster Resilience of Telecom and IT Infrastructures

Biswanath Mukherjee, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of California, Davis, USA

To combat the rising risk of disasters (e.g., hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, flooding, etc.) and attacks against our national / global interests and economic wellbeing, novel methods are needed to protect our telecommunication and Information Technology (IT) infrastructures consisting of optical-fiber backbone networks and distributed datacenters powering our Internet backbone.  Note that such disasters could lead to a domino effect of catastrophic failures beyond telecom and IT facilities; and into power, transportation, financial, and other critical infrastructures.  Topics such as the following will be discussed in this tutorial: normal preparedness (risk-aware provisioning); enhanced preparedness (dynamic re-provisioning); degraded service under resource crunch; content connectivity (vs. network connectivity) due to the increasing deployment of cloud services; exploiting multi-path routing, anycasting, and data duplication; correlated cascading failures in interdependent networks; resilient control-plane design; rapid data evacuation; rapid deployment of terrestrial and aerial resources to restore connectivity in disaster-affected areas; and related topics.