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Journal of Optical Communications and Networking

  • Editors: K. Bergman and V. Chan
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2010
  • pp: 1000–1009

Attack-Aware Wavelength Assignment for Localization of In-band Crosstalk Attack Propagation

Marija Furdek, Nina Skorin-Kapov, and Maša Grbac  »View Author Affiliations

Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, Vol. 2, Issue 11, pp. 1000-1009 (2010)

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The high data rates employed by wavelength division multiplexing transparent optical networks make them most suitable for today’s growing network traffic demands. However, their transparency imposes several vulnerabilities in network security, enabling malicious signals to propagate from the source to other parts of the network without losing their attacking capabilities. Furthermore, detecting, locating the source, and localizing the spreading of such physical-layer attacks is more difficult since monitoring must be performed in the optical domain. While most failure and attack management approaches focus on network recovery after a fault or an attack has already occurred, we suggest a novel safety strategy, proposing a prevention-oriented method to aid attack localization and source identification in the planning phase. In this paper, we propose attack-aware wavelength assignment that minimizes the worst-case potential propagation of in-band crosstalk jamming attacks. We define a new objective criterion for the wavelength assignment (WA) problem, called the propagating crosstalk attack radius (P-CAR), and develop heuristic algorithms aimed at minimizing both the P-CAR and the number of wavelengths used. Our aim is to achieve better protection, but without the need for extra resources. We compare our algorithms with existing WA approaches, illustrating their benefits with respect to transparent optical networks’ security, as well as the associated wavelength utilization.

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OCIS Codes
(060.1155) Fiber optics and optical communications : All-optical networks
(060.4264) Fiber optics and optical communications : Networks, wavelength assignment

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: April 26, 2010
Revised Manuscript: August 25, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: August 27, 2010
Published: October 29, 2010

Marija Furdek, Nina Skorin-Kapov, and Maša Grbac, "Attack-Aware Wavelength Assignment for Localization of In-band Crosstalk Attack Propagation," J. Opt. Commun. Netw. 2, 1000-1009 (2010)

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