Software-Defined Networking (SDN)-based IPsec Flow Protection

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Authors Alejandro Abad-Carrascosa  , Rafael Marin-Lopez  , Gabriel Lopez-Millan 
Last updated 2016-04-21 (latest revision 2015-10-19)
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This document describes the use case for providing IPsec flow protection by means of a Software-Defined Network (SDN) controller and raises the requirements to support this service. It considers two main scenarios: (i) gateway-to-gateway and (ii) host-to-gateway (Road Warrior). For the gateway-to-gateway scenario, this document describes a mechanism to support the bootstrapping of key material between network resources to protect data traffic with IPsec and IKE, both in intra and inter-SDN cases. The host-to-gateway case defines a mechanism to bootstrap key material to protect data with IPsec between an end user's device and a gateway.


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