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NOMS 2023 Panel: Cybersecurity as Central Factor towards Resilient Networks and Services

At the Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS) 2023, our chairholder Marc-Oliver Pahl organized a round table on the topic “Cybersecurity as Central Factor towards Resilient Networks and Services”. The session was well attended with more than 50 participants and lots of interesting discussions. Once again, the session pushed the important topic cybersecurity in the community.

Following the successful panel at NOMS 2022, this panel wants to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity for our community, and deepen the discussion around the topics we identified in the last edition. These include the use of blockchain, security-by-design and the difference between security and resilience. Ideally the participants will be more interested in cybersecurity after the panel. Ideally, they will care more about considering cybersecurity in their research, resulting in more security by-design. Today, our virtual and physical ambiances often consist of distributed networked systems. Managing networks and services therefore affects not only computer and communication systems but also Cyber-Physical Systems such as IoT devices orchestrating private, public, and commercial spaces such as industry 4.0 sites.

While the underlying softwarization and connectivity bring lots of opportunities, security is today’s central challenge. Cyberattacks such as the Colonial Pipeline incident, solarwinds, or continuous attacks with ransomware to hospitals and other critical infrastructures illustrate this.

In this panel, starting from the network and service management methodology, we will discuss cybersecurity implications, challenges, and solutions. We will cover different aspects, applications, points of views and solution methodologies. Central questions will include if we have enough cybersecurity awareness, methodologies, and security-by-design in the network and service management community, and how our community with its rich methodology and experience can support the cybersecurity community.

The panelists:

  • Marc-Oliver Pahl (moderator), full professor cybersecurity, IMT Atlantique, France
  • Nur Zincir-Heywood, Distinguished Research Professor and an Associate Dean Research of Computer Science with Dalhousie University, Canada.
  • Kemal Akkaya, full professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a joint courtesy appointment in the School of Computer and Information Sciences at Florida International University (FIU), USA.
  • Burkhard Stiller, full professor Department of Informatics IfI, University of Zurich UZH, Switzerland.
  • Rémi Badonnel, Full Professor of Computer Science with the TELECOM Nancy Engineering School at the University of Lorraine, France. 

The Panelists

Marc-Oliver Pahl (moderator)

Prof. Dr. Marc-Oliver Pahl heads the Chair of Cybersecurity for Critical Networked Infrastructures ( at IMT Atlantique in Rennes, France. He is an adjunct professor of Carleton University in Canada. Marc-Oliver also heads the IoT Smart Space research team ( at the Chair for Network Architectures and Services at Technical University of Munich.

Marc-Oliver is Vice President of the German Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) ( He heads the Future Education activities of the German-French Academy for the Industry of the Future (

Marc-Oliver’s research focus is on a holistic approach to cybersecurity. He works on security-by-design, anomaly detection, human-in-the-loop, and automation. His goal is making cybersecurity manageable, resulting in highly resilient and reliable systems. Marc- Oliver publishes regularly in the network and service management and security communities.

Marc-Oliver is an experienced teacher and an eLearning pioneer. He holds several teaching- related awards. Marc-Oliver developed various teaching concepts and teaches continuously at university level since 2004. Besides specialized audience, he continuously runs activities for fostering the dialog between science and society, including,, and

Nur Zincir-Heywood

Nur Zincir-Heywood is a Dalhousie Distinguished Research Professor and an Associate Dean Research of Computer Science with Dalhousie University, Canada. Her research interests include machine learning and artificial intelligence for cyber security, network, systems, and information analysis, topics on which she has published over 200 fully reviewed papers. She is the Co-Editor of the books Communication Networks and Service Management in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (Wiley/IEEE), and Recent Advances in Computational Intelligence in Defense and Security (Springer) as well as the coauthor of the book Nature-Inspired Cyber Security and Resiliency: Fundamentals, Techniques, and Applications (IET). She is a recipient of several best paper awards as well as the Supervisor for the recipient of the IFIP/IEEE IM 2013 Best Ph.D. Dissertation Award in Network Management. She is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management and International Journal of Network Management (Wiley), and a Guest Editor of Journal of Network and Systems Management (Springer).

Kemal Akkaya

Dr. Kemal Akkaya is a full professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a joint courtesy appointment in the School of Computer and Information Sciences at Florida International University (FIU). He received his PhD in Computer Science from University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2005 and joined the department of Computer Science at Southern Illinois University (SIU) as an assistant professor. Dr. Akkaya was an associate professor at SIU from 2011 to 2014. He was also a visiting professor at The George Washington University in Fall 2013, a Faculty Fellow at Airforce Research Lab in Summer 2020 and visiting faculty at University of Florida Nelms Institute of Connected World in 2021. Dr. Akkaya leads the Advanced Wireless and Security Lab (ADWISE) in the ECE Department. He is also acting as the Research Director for the FIU’s Emerging Preeminent Program in Cybersecurity, which is a university wide interdisciplinary program. His current research interests include security and privacy, internet-of-things, and cyber-physical systems. His research was funded by many agencies and industries including NSF, DoE, AFRL, DHS, NSA, INL, Cisco, and TrendMicro. Dr. Akkaya is a Fellow of IEEE. He is the editor-in-chief of Springer Nature Computer Science journal, area editor of Elsevier Ad Hoc Network Journal, Computer Networks Journal and serves on the editorial board of IEEE Communication Surveys and Tutorials and Sensor Journals. Dr. Akkaya was the General Chair of IEEE LCN 2018 and TPC Chair for IEEE ICC Smart Grid Communications. He has served as the guest editor for many journals and in the OC/TPC of many leading network/security conferences including IEEE ICC, Globecom, INFOCOM, LCN, WCNC, ICNP and ACM WiSec. He has published over 270 papers in peer-reviewed journal and conferences with more than 17,000 citations and google h-index of 50. He was listed among the top 2% scientists in the world according to a Stanford University study in 2019. Dr. Akkaya received FIU Faculty Senate Excellence in Research Award and FIU College of Engineering and Computing Research Award both in 2020. He has also received “Top Cited” article award from Elsevier in 2010. He also holds 8 patents. More information about his research and lab can be obtained at and

Burkhard Stiller

Burkhard Stiller is a full professor at the Department of Informatics IfI, University of Zurich UZH, Switzerland. He leads the Communication Systems Group CSG since 2004. His main research interests are published in over 300 research papers and include charging and accounting of Internet services, systems with a fully decentralized control (blockchains, clouds), network and service management, economic management, telecommunication economics, and IoT (security and supply chains).

Rémi Badonnel

Rémi Badonnel is a Full Professor of Computer Science with the TELECOM Nancy Engineering School at the University of Lorraine, France. He is leading the Cybersecurity Pole of TELECOM Nancy, and is a Permanent Staff Member with the RESIST Research Team at LORIA – INRIA Nancy Grand Est, France. He worked on change management methods and algorithms for data centers with IBM T. J. Watson, USA and on autonomous smart systems with the University College of Oslo, Norway. His research interests are mainly focused on network and service management, and include cybersecurity methods and techniques, automation and orchestration, cyber-ranges, cloud infrastructures, and Internet of Things. He is chairing the IFIP TC6 Working Group 6.6 dedicated to the management of networks and distributed systems, is serving as Editor-in-Chief for the Springer Journal of Network and Systems Management, and is involved in several research networks on cybersecurity, including EU H2020 CONCORDIA and EU Erasmus+ REWIRE.

A propos Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS) 2023

Welcome to the 2023 IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS 2023). Held in every even-numbered year since 1988 with its sister conference IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management (IM), the 2023 edition is the 36th NOMS edition and the first ever taking place on an odd-numbered year bringing together the best of both outstanding conferences, a great achievement for the network management community.

In addition to being an historical event for the scientific community, NOMS 2023 will host an exciting program including keynotes, panels, technical sessions, demo sessions, dissertation session, mini-conference sessions, poster sessions, tutorials, and workshops. These events provide rich opportunities for participants to learn, share, exchange, and set the current and future directions and developments of network operations and management.

NOMS 2023 comes at the right time where the networks and services play a critical role in new value creation, businesses growth but also in contributing to the development of humanity.

This year’s theme is “Integrated Management Towards Resilient Networks and Services.”

Technologies evolve at a fast pace in networking: 5G networks are being deployed and 6G network technological components are already developed and the overall architecture is in an active specification phase. Softwarization is being generalized at all levels of the protocol stacks and agile processes are in place to speed up dynamic service delivery and quality assurance across the globe and beyond. Digital twins of networks emerge to ease and automate the huge demand on monitoring, control and management of the underlying highly dynamic environments. Finally, numerous machine learning approaches are already utilized for optimized control, security and management.

Recent history has shown that the dynamics and manageability of networks are major value to maintain connectivity and service quality under extreme external conditions like the pandemics or in a situation of war. All-level programmability also opens new challenges to make the complex task of networking resilient.

NOMS 2023 is becoming a reality thanks to the involvement of all those in the network and service management community who share their passion for the field and who spend time to its development: participants, sponsors, authors, PhD and Master students, engineers working in the field, TPC co-chairs and members, Workshop, tutorial, session organizers and many more. As General Co-Chairs, we are extremely proud and happy to help the field grow !

Marc-Oliver Pahl

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