Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC) 2020

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Panel: Cybersecurity Research Challenges and Opportunities in 5G and Next Generation Cellular Networks

Wednesday, 9 December 2020
12:00 - 13:15

Chair: Daniel Massey, OUSD(R&E)




5G and Next G technologies for broadband cellular networks promise to bring increases in bandwidth, reductions in latency, massive increases in scale, and a number of other features both large and small. It is imperative that these networks be resilient, secure, and trustworthy, A number of federal research organizations are pursuing security initiatives. Panelists will explore cybersecurity research challenges and opportunities in 5G and Next G cellular technologies, including the use of tradiitonal security approaches as well as new and unique security problems that face the research community.

Biographies and Position Statements:

Dr. Dan Massey leads the Operate Through portion of the DoD 5G to NextG Initiative.  Operate Through aims to ensure DoD can securely operate through commercial 5G networks across the globe.  Dr. Massey has more than 25 years of research and management experience and is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications on networking and cybersecurity, including co-editor of the DNS Security Standard (RFCs 4033, 4034, and 4035) and early work on Named Data Networking. Dr. Massey has served as the Principal Investigator on research funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and industry. As a faculty member, he helped develop cybersecurity programs at both the University of Colorado Boulder and Colorado State University. Dr. Massey also served as a Program Manager in the Cyber Security Division, Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). At DHS, he developed and managed the Distributed Denial of Service Defense (DDoSD) program and the Cyber-Physical Systems Security (CPSSEC) program that focused on cybersecurity for automobiles and other systems that combine the cyber and physical worlds. He earned his doctorate in computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Ehab Al-Shaer is a Distinguished Career Professor at INI and Faculty Member of CyLab at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Al-Shaer  was designated a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on security analytics and automation by the Department of Defense (DoD) and he was awarded the IBM Faculty Award. His area of research expertise includes formal methods for security configuration verification, synthesis and hardening, autonomous cyber defense, and cyber agility for attack deterrence and deception. Dr. Al-Shaer has edited/co-edited more than 9 books and book chapters, published more than 230 refereed journals and conference papers in his area.

Position Statement: As 5G and next G technologies offer tremendous new capabilities in communication and computation, they also exhibit new cyber risk and novel attack vectors. Leveraging public 5G networks for mission-critical applications requires a thorough understanding and characterization of risk identification and mitigation in such a network infrastructure that is inherently zero-trust and zero-control environment. This talk will highlight some of these challenges in 5G and may suggest new research directions to address them. After all, is the benefit is more than cost?

Dr. Wayne Phoel is currently a Visiting Research Engineer at the University of Maryland Institute for Systems Research, where work includes assessing 5G components and system architecture for use in defense applications as well as developing technologies to create robust networks. Previously, Dr. Phoel served as a program manager in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Strategic Technology Office and prior to that, was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Dr. Phoel is a recipient of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service and a member of the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee.
Position Statement: As communication networks evolve to leverage increased software control and virtualization technologies, there is an associated need and opportunity to build situational awareness capabilities into the network itself. On this panel, I'll discuss promising concepts for creating robust network situational awareness and how they can address potential new security concerns.

Sumit Roy serves as Professor of ECE, U. Washington, Seattle and is currently (via IPA) on deputation to OUSD R&E  5G Team (Principal Director: Dr. Joe Evans) as lead for Innovate B5G Program. His program will focus on identifying B5G use cases and technology directions that are potentially dual-benefit (aligned with DoD operations and bootstrap commercial investments) - with a component dedicated to enhancing resilience and security postures vertically integrated into the network stack.

Position Statement: While 5G and beyond cellular technologies emphasize increases in bandwidth and scale along with reductions of end-2-end latency, system trade-offs vis-a-vis the need for resiliency and security are much less well studied and understood. Will highlight the need for investigations into key aspects of 5G link and network security - including improved LPI and Anti-jam capabilities, use of network intelligence and automation, and enabling secure network slicing.

Dr. Alex Sprintson joined NSF as a rotating Program Director in September 2018, in the Directorate of Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE). He manages networking research within the Networking Technologies and Systems (NeTS) and Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) programs. 

Position statement: We will highlight fundamental longer-term challenges for the resiliency of the next-generation broadband wireless networks. We will also outline new research opportunities towards developing security mechanisms for such networks.

Vincent Sritapan is an (Acting) Section Chief in the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) Cyber Quality Service Management Office (QSMO). In this position, Vincent is leading the development and delivery of mobile security services and capabilities to help protect government networks. As Acting Section Chief in the Cybersecurity QSMO, Sritapan is leading CISA’s cross-functional teams that are tackling emerging risks and developingcybersecurity services to address enterprise mobile challenges, including mobile device, mobile application, and mobile network security. Vincent is also leading CISA’s 5G R&D initiatives supporting CISA’s 5G Strategy. He is Co-Chair of the Federal CIO Council’s Federal Mobility Group, a cross-agency forum helping drive strategy development in mobility and sharing information across Federal departments and agencies. Most recently, Vincent served six years as the Mobile Security R&D Program Manager at the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, where he led R&D efforts in mobile security. He also is a direct commissioned officer in Information Warfare in the U.S. Navy Reserve.



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