Security Challenges of Small Cell as a Service in Virtualized Mobile Edge Computing Environments

Vassilios Vassilakis, Emmanouil Panaousis, Haralambos Mouratidis

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Abstract

Research on next-generation 5G wireless networks is currently attracting a lot of attention in both academia and industry. While 5G development and standardization activities are still at their early stage, it is widely acknowledged that 5G systems are going to extensively rely on dense small cell deployments, which would exploit infrastructure and network functions virtualization (NFV), and push the network intelligence towards network edges by embracing the concept of mobile edge computing (MEC). As security will be a fundamental enabling factor of small cell as a service (SCaaS) in 5G networks, we present the most prominent threats and vulnerabilities against a broad range of targets. As far as the related work is concerned, to the best of our knowledge, this paper is the rst to investigate security challenges at the intersection of SCaaS, NFV, and MEC. It is also the rst paper that proposes a set of criteria to facilitate a clear and e ective taxonomy of security challenges of main elements of 5G networks. Our analysis can serve as a staring point towards the development of appropriate 5G security solutions. These will have crucial e ect on legal and regulatory frameworks as well as on decisions of businesses, governments, and end-users.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication10th WISTP International Conference on Information Security Theory and Practice.
Place of PublicationHeraklion, Crete
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages70-84
Number of pages15
Volume9895
ISBN (Print)9783319459301
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sep 2016
Event10th WISTP International Conference on Information Security Theory and Practice. - Heraklion, Crete, 24 Sep 2016.
Duration: 17 Sep 2016 → …

Publication series

NameLecture notes in computer science

Conference

Conference10th WISTP International Conference on Information Security Theory and Practice.
Period17/09/16 → …

Bibliographical note

The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-45931-8_5
Published in Information Security Theory and Practice p.70-84. ISBN 9783319459301. Springer, 2016. .Volume 9895 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science ISSN 0302-9743 .

Keywords

  • Security
  • small cell as a service
  • network functions virtual- ization
  • mobile edge computing
  • 5G.

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